- Last Updated: 06 April 2019 06 April 2019
Maryland Trout Stocking
Please note that during construction at the Brighton Dam, the fly fishing only section below Brighton Dam will not be stocked.
2019 SPRING STOCKINGS
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:
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
Old Columbia Pike
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 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.
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.