Potomac-Patuxent Chapter - Trout Unlimited

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. The Spring Stocking Schedule is now available.

Our chapter assists with the stocking of the Upper Patuxent, the fly fishing only section below Brighton Dam, and the delayed harvest section of the Middle Patuxent. Remember, there are no trout in the Patuxent below Brighton Dam, and none will be stocked there this spring or next. Spring stockings will take place in February and March. If you are interested in assisting with these activities, please contact Jay Sheppard at jaymsheppard95@gmail.com.

We only stock Tuesday through Fridays. Chest waders are required to pull the boxes, but others can help haul the buckets from the truck down to stream side. We hope to know the DNR stocking dates for our local waters before Valentine's Day. Float stocking is not only great fun, but one gets to learn where the holes and pockets are for when they return to the streams that we float stock: Middle Patuxent Delayed Harvest and upper Patuxent River special area.


The Middle Patuxent Delayed Harvest section in south Columbia was stocked with a few hundred rainbows and browns in the middle of October. These should provide a little sport the rest of the fall and winter, if the river does not freeze over in January! Enjoy!

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

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

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This document last modified 01/23/18