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 February 22nd, PPTU and friends help stock the upper Patuxent special area (NO KILL) and the Delayed Harvest section of the Middle Patuxent. Approx. 650 were stocked in the first and 600 in the second.

Because of the high flows all trout were directly stocked from the truck into the water, except as noted below. The access points where the rainbows were dumped are as follows:

Upr Pax--
rt 94/Annapolis Rock bridge
Hipsley Mill bridge--main stem
Hipsley Mill--Cabin Branch
Howard Chapel--float box only and taken upstream for approx. 1/3 mile

Middle Patuxent--
Old Columbia Pike
Eden Brook

Because of the high flows, these trout are expected to drift downstream as much as a mile or more in the next few days from where they were released. We did not intentionally stock the holes under the bridges, etc., but a few did escape..Not all places listed above received the same numbers of trout....some got 100-150, other access points up to 450....

On March 5th, PPTU volunteers float stocked the upper Patuxent River from Annapolis Rock bridge downstream to Howard Chapel bridge, as well as Cabin Branch.  Also stocked yesterday was the Middle Patuxent delayed harvest section.  
These were good looking brown trout.  Not many large fish, most were in the 10-11" size range.  Several volunteers thought that a few of the fish were "tiger trout" the hybrid of brown and brook trout.  Keep your eyes out for these uncommon trout.
Flows were really good.  The trout should do well.  Oh, one small request--keep your eyes open on the Middle Patuxent and downstream to the Little Patuxent at Savage Mill.  One of our gray float boxes got away from us!  It could be almost anywhere!  If you find it, call me immediately: 301-318-6318.

On April 2nd, members and friends of PPTU float stocked portions of the upper Patuxent and the Middle Patuxent with some lovely rainbow trout.  About 10% were really nice trout over 14"...I saw one or two over 17"...!  We had previously stocked these same water with brown trout and an earlier load of rainbows.  Total for the year has been 2000 browns and 2200 rainbows for these two systems.  Rainbows were split about eveningly between the two rivers, but 75% of the browns went into the upper Patuxent where they have a fair chance of holding over.

I want to thank the 40 or so volunteers who helped spread these fish out this spring.  Makes for better fishing if they get spread out to begin with, versus all dumped at bridges, etc.
Good luck!  Leave a few uneducated trout for me!

Jay Sheppard

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