News  Spring trout stocking has begun!

MassWildlife is stocking 500,000 trout across Massachusetts this year! Find out where and get daily updates at
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Spring trout stocking

MassWildlife will stock nearly 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout across Massachusetts this year—about 455,000 will be stocked during the early spring. Visit to get daily stocking updates and find a fishing spot near you. Stocking in southeastern waters started March 4 and other regions of the state will begin as soon as weather conditions allow. MassWildlife raises trout that are both fun to catch and delicious to eat at its five hatcheries in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague.

2024 spring trout stocking stats:

  • 75% of trout will be over 12 inches
  • 40% of trout will be over 14 inches
  • 800 18”+ retired brood brown trout and 600 retired brood brook trout will be stocked
  • About 2,900 tiger trout will be over 14 inches

Remember to buy your freshwater fishing license before you hit the water. Buy online at MassFishHunt or by visiting a license vendor location.

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