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..

Please note that during construction at the Brighton Dam, the fly fishing only section below Brighton Dam will not be stocked.


On October 16, Ron Briggs, Gregg Sholly and I float stocked about 400 rainbows down from Eden Brook. We all went swimming after finding rocks that were not conducive to wading boot purchase and the rain was of little help either.

The water when we arrived was clear and very low (~20 cfs); a couple hours after dark the flows peaked at ~450 cfs....a rise of about 2 feet! Nice flush of much needed water....hope the trout stayed close to where we planted them!!??

The same number of rainbows was also stocked at the Savage Mill section of the Little Patuxent...for those interested in a small meal of two trout. All trout today were a healthy bunch of 10-11" rainbows with a sprinkling of goldens to mark the holes into which they were dropped.



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

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