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MassWildlife is stocking 450,000 trout across Massachusetts this spring! Find out where and get daily updates at Mass.gov/trout.
2/22/2021
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for Spring trout stocking

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

Spring trout stocking

Approximately 450,000 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout will be stocked this spring from MassWildlife’s five hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague. These fish, coupled with the more than 60,000 fish stocked last fall, will provide some excellent fishing in the coming months. Stocking is scheduled to begin in southeastern waters in early March with other regions of the state expected to follow soon after. You can get daily stocking updates at Mass.gov/Trout. Anglers are reminded to purchase their fishing license online using MassFishHunt or by visiting a license vendor location.  

2021 spring trout stocking stats: 

  • More than 75% of the trout will be over 12 inches 

  • More than 45% of the trout will be over 14 inches 

  • More than 48,000 brook trout will be over 12 inches 

  • More than 48,000 brown trout will be over 12 inches 

  • More than 200,000 rainbow trout will be over 14 inches 

  • More than 500 brown trout and 500 brook trout will be over 18 inches 

  • 1,000 brook trout will be over 14 inches 

  • All 2,500 tiger trout will be over 14 inches 

Fish safely

Please practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet away from others while fishing. Avoid congregating in parking areas, on boat ramps, or along the shore. Don't share a boat with those outside your household unless it is large enough to allow for social distancing. Avoid busy areas and have a back-up plan if your usual spot is crowded. Please visit to mass.gov/covid19 for the latest Massachusetts information and guidance.

Media Contact for Spring trout stocking

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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