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Each fall, fisheries biologists collect approximately 1.5 million trout eggs at the state fish hatcheries.
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Brown Trout

MassWildlife operates five fish hatcheries in the state, located in Sandwich, Belchertown, Montague, Sunderland, and Palmer. Rainbow, brown, brook, and tiger trout are raised for stocking rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds throughout the Commonwealth. Each fall, approximately 1.5 million trout eggs are collected by fisheries and hatchery staff. Trained staff extract eggs from females and milt from males and combine them with water to begin the fertilization process. After incubating for about two months, the eggs will hatch into fry. After growing in the hatchery for 1.5–2.5 years, these trout will be ready for stocking statewide. 

Learn more about MassWildlife's Trout Stocking Program.

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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