With spring fast approaching and the ice a distant memory throughout most of the Northeast, the Hatchery Trucks are hitting the road and depositing trout in coldwater fisheries throughout the Northeast to give a boost to spring fishing efforts. Check back here throughout the spring to monitor the trout stocking in your local waters, as we’ll be updating this post as we get more info.
Fishermen can follow the stocking progress in Maine through the following LINK. So far, it looks like only one stocking has taken place in Androscoggin County in the middle of February, though the fish released all seem to be sizeable brook trout.
New Hampshire hatcheries have close to 1 million catchable size trout ready for release this season. Before the bulk of these fish can be stocked, however, the NH conservation officers are monitoring the water levels and conditions. Even with the mild winter, New Hampshire Fish and Game Hatcheries Supervisor Jason Smith, reports that they don’t want to stock the fish too early and risk a high water event that could wash out the stocked fish. The early ice out has given stocking trucks access to ponds to allow them to stock these ponds prior to the trout pond season opening on April 28.
MA ponds and streams are now being stocked on a weekly basis. The Western District received its first stocking this past week (the week of March 12), but all the other districts – Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast – have received two installments of trout already. So far only rainbows have been stocked, but brook, brown and tiger trout are on their way in the coming weeks.
For more information on Massachusetts Trout Stocking, visit the MassWildlife Trout page.
Rhode Island trout fishing is currently closed to allow the RI DEM to stock ponds and streams throughout the state. The Rhode Island trout season opens annually on the second Saturday in April, which this year is April 14. The pre-season stocking will include 70,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout. Anglers can find out just what waters will be stocked for the opener HERE.
Some waters will receive additional in-season stocking in the spring. These are denoted by an S in the right hand column of the table found at the link above.
Connecticut has not released their opening day stocking information yet, but the opener will take place on April 21, but anglers can scout which waters will be stocked by following this LINK.
While most CT trout waters have been closed to fishing since March 1, catch and release fishing is still allowed in Trout Management Areas, some of which have been stocked already. You can find out more info on the TMA’s HERE.
April Fool’s Day marks the trout opener throughout most of New York State. However, some waters Trout stocking begins in March and runs through May. The New York DEC has an extensive LIST of the water bodies stocked, seperated by County, which includes the month they will be stocking and the number and size of the trout they anticipate releasing.
Extensive information about New Jersey’s spring trout season can be found in the New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Planner by Tom Pagliaroli in the April Issue of OTW, which will be shipping next week. Here’s an excerpt from Tom’s column to give you an idea. For the full info, be sure to grab the April copy of On The Water Magazine.
The statewide trout season opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, with the March 19 to April 6 pre-season stocking runs delivering 182,640 standard length 10 ½-inch brookies and an assortment of breeder rainbows and browns from 3 to 8 pounds to 173 venues. All told, 5,000 of the big ‘uns are included, and these are part of each stocking from pre-season through the fourth week of the in-season schedule.”