Close to 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout will be stocked this spring from MassWildlife’s five hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague. It has been a challenging year for the hatcheries this year given the extremely cold, icy, and snowy conditions that have prevailed this winter. Nevertheless, the close to 500,000 fish being stocked this spring, coupled with the more than 67,000 12+ inch trout stocked last fall should provide some excellent fishing in the coming months. Due to the heavy snow and thick ice that remains on lakes and ponds across the state, trout stocking likely will not begin until the last week of March or the first week in April, beginning with the eastern region of the state moving westward as the ice and snow melts.
Updated trout stocking schedules will be posted online every Friday between the end of March and Memorial Day in May. Anglers may also access stocking information by contacting individual district offices if they do not have access to the internet.
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...