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.


Bryan with croc's head!

The Upper Patuxent (no kill section) and the Middle Patuxent Delayed Harvest section in south Columbia were stocked with rainbows on Friday, February 23. The Upper Patuxent received 800 and the Middle Patuxent received 450. While float stocking the Middle Patuxent, Bryan Sirotkin wrestled and killed a big crocodile! With the croc gone, these rainbows should survive longer and provide more fishing challenges. Thanks Bryan.

These same sections were stocked with brown trout on Tuesday, March 6. The Upper Patuxent received 1550 browns and the Middle Patuxent received 450 browns. This stocking included the crew of Jeff Holland, Chris Miller, Steve Naugle, George Opryszko, Jay Sheppard, and Tom Brosnan that stocked the 2.5 mile section below Hipsley Mill Road.

The same sections were stocked with rainbow trout on Tuesday, April 3. The Upper Patuxent received 650 rainbows and the Middle Patuxent received 450 rainbows.

Thanks to all those who have assisted with the 2018 Spring Stockings.

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