Maryland Trout Stocking

Each year in the spring and the fall, the Maryland DNR stocks rainbows and brown trout in many streams and ponds through out the state. Our chapter assists with the stocking of the Upper Patuxent, the fly fishing only section below Brighton Dam, and the delay harvest section of the Middle Patuxent. If you are interested in assisting with these activities, please contact Jay Sheppard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2021 Fall Stockings

On October 13, several PPTU members float stocked the Middle Patuxent Delayed Harvest area with 400 robust brown trout. Hopefully they will hold over the coming winter and gives some sport long after the leaves have dropped. Thanks to Brian Sirotkin, Andrew Geffken, and Jeff Holland for pulling those boxes down the river from Eden Brook Drive in south Columbia.

2021 Spring STOCKINGS

March 2, 2021

DNR brought us 1300 browns for the upper Patuxent--all were float stocked between 94 and Howard Chapel--all a long ways from all bridges. One crew covered 3 miles of water downstream of Hipsley Mill. 500 went into go in the Middle Pax Delayed Harvest section. Nice video by Raymond Collette on the PPTU Facebook page--CONGRATS to all 15 volunteers who help pull this off on such short notice. Water levels were higher than normal for our stockings, but everyone survived!

All pools with large trout were carefully marked with a waterproof "X". Just look for them in the middle of the pools.


February 23, 2021

PPTU and friends helped DNR stock the upper Patuxent at three bridges (Rt 94, Hispley Mill, and Howard Chapel), the Brighton Dam tailwater, and the Middle Patuxent.  These are all no kill waters.  The first is flies & lures, second is flies only, and the last is flies and lures until June 1, when 2/day with bait is allowed.  Only rainbows were stocked:  600 upper Pax, 900 in the tailwater, and 400 in Middle Patuxent.  The last two were float stocked for over a mile each, thus spreading out the trout.

This will be the only stocking of the Brighton Dam tailwater this spring.  Brown trout are expected to be stocked in the upper Patuxent & Middle Patuxent in the next week or two.

Good luck!!  Tight lines.

Please report poaching to NRP as soon as you see it happening with your cell phone: 800-825-7275.  24 hr call center.  We put a lot of effort into these stockings and do not like it when the trout are taken out!!!


For up-to-date stocking information throughout the state, go to the Maryland DNR website.

Photos from 2021 Stockings (courtesy of Adam Rice)

Photos from 2019 Stockings

Photos from 2018 Spring Stockings

A Video and Photos from Previous Years

In the spring of 2015, Ron Brooks made this excellent video of PPCTU Stocking Below Brighton Dam.

Thanks Ron for your efforts!

Joe Kunsman provided the following photos and footnotes of their crew stocking below Brighton Dam. Thanks Joe.

First the good news - at least six deadfall are gone!

Open flow, piece of cake

Now the bad news - the mother of all dead falls is still there. Looks like the climax scene from Les Mis!

Our leadership makes the assault

Leadership overcomes, ready to plant the French flag and declare victory

Yea, the last storm was a big one