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Fall 2015

This fall 74,100 trout, comprised of 66,100 rainbow trout and 8,000 brown trout, will be stocked in Massachusetts water bodies. The fish from McLaughlin, Montague, Sandwich, and Sunderland Hatcheries range in size from about 12 inches to more than 14 inches.  Stocking will start after September 28 provided water temperatures are cool enough. Trout have been allocated equally to each of the five MassWildlife Districts.

Due to the short stocking season, fall stocking activity is not posted on the website’s stocking schedule.  See Trout Stocked Waters for a list of Massachusetts waters that are usually stocked in the fall. Contact your local DFW office for more information.

2015 spring trout facts:

  • 45% of the fish average over 14 inches
  • 72% of the fish average over 12 inches
  • 218,000 rainbows will average over 14 inches
  • 46,500 rainbows will average over 12 inches
  • 10,000 rainbows will average between 9 and 12 inches
  • 750 brown trout will be over 18 inches
  • 46,600 brown trout will average over 12 inches
  • 79,400 brown trout average between 9 and 12 inches
  • 1,350 brook trout will average over 15 inches
  • 37,600 brook trout will average over 12 inches
  • 47,000 brook trout between 9 and 12 inches
  • 2,500 tiger trout that will average over 14 inches

Fall Trout Stocking varies each year. Stocking takes place during a 2-week period (depending on water temperatures), beginning in the last week of September and ending before Columbus Day weekend. Due to the short stocking season, fall stocking activity will not be posted on the website’s stocking schedule. Contact your local DFW office for details on fall stocking in your area or the area you are interested in. See the Trout Stocked Waters page for a list of Massachusetts waters that are usually stocked in the fall.

Fresh water anglers are reminded that the use of lead sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than one ounce, regardless of whether they are painted, coated with rubber, covered by attached "skirts" or some other material, is prohibited. More info...