Trout Stocking, illustration/New England Boating

Trout Stocking, illustration/New England Boating

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife has begun its spring 2014 stocking of trout in the state’s local lakes, rivers and ponds. Nearly 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout from the Division’s 5 hatcheries will be stocked this spring.

Between drought conditions that prevailed much of last summer and the extremely cold, icy, and snowy conditions of this winter, it has been a challenging year for trout hatchery managers.  Nevertheless, the nearly 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.

Anglers are encouraged to check the trout stocking schedule for the district near them, or contact individual district offices for the latest stocking information. Trout stocking schedules will be updated every Friday between March and Memorial Day in May.

Information on Mass. freshwater fishing seasons and regulations:

Watch a video taken at the Sandwich Trout Hatchery on Cape Cod.

2014 Spring Trout Facts:

  • 195,000 rainbows over 14″
  • 71,000 rainbows over 12″
  • 12,000 rainbows between 9-12″
  • 500 brown trout over 18″
  • 43,000 brown trout over 12″
  • 81,000 brown trout between 9-12″
  • 1,250 brook trout over 15″
  • 31,200 brook trout over 12″
  • 38,200 brook trout between 9-12″
  • 10,000 brook trout between 6-9″
  • 4,700 tiger trout over 14″


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