Trout Time!

Fisheries managers in all New England states have been busy stocking select waterbodies with trout in time for the spring fishing season. In Massachusetts, MassWildlife has stocked approximately 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout this spring from its five hatcheries 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.

Learn more about the state’s fish-hatchery operations and how to target spring trout in the above episode of New England Fishing. Host Tom Richardson ushers in the new season by targeting spring trout in the ponds of Cape Cod’s Nickerson State Park. First, though, he pays a visit to the Sandwich Fish Hatchery to see how the various species of trout are raised and stocked in our public waters. It’s a remarkable operation that makes trout available to anglers young and old throughout the state.

 

Check out the MassWildlife interactive map to find a stocked trout pond or lake near you!

MA Stocking Stats:

  • Most 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 600 brown trout and 500 brook trout will be over 18 inches
  • 1,000 brook trout will be over 15 inches
  • More than 2,500 tiger trout  will be over 14 inches