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SPRING TROUT STOCKING IN MASSACHUSETTS

Trout stocking across Massachusetts is set to begin the first week of March.
By Toby Lapinski  |  March 2, 2018
SPRING TROUT STOCKING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Nearly 500,000 trout will be stocking Massachusetts waters this spring. (Image courtesy of MassWildlife)

It’s that time of year once again, time to start thinking trout! And this year close to 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout will be stocked across Massachusetts waters this spring from MassWildlife’s five hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague. These fish, coupled with the more than 65,000 fish stocked last fall, will provide some excellent fishing in the coming months.

Stocking is scheduled to begin in the southeastern area of the state during the first full week of March with other regions of the state expected to follow soon after.

Anglers can get daily stocking updates at mass.gov, or by contacting local district offices for the latest stocking information.

2018 Spring Trout Stocking Stats

  • Most of the trout will be over 12 inches
  • More than 40% of the trout will be over 14 inches
  • More than 51,000 brook trout will be over 12 inches
  • More than 45,000 brown trout will be over 12 inches
  • More than 200,000 rainbow trout will be over 14 inches
  • More than 1,200 brown trout will be over 18 inches
  • More than 500 brook trout will be over 15 inches
  • More than 2,500 tiger trout will be over 14 inches

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