2021 Connecticut Trout Stockings

Stay up to date with the latest 2021 trout stockings in Connecticut.

View the early season trout stockings at some of the rivers, lakes, ponds, and TMA's.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

Lake Trout 

LAKE TROUT!!!! Surprise Bonus Fishery: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) reached out to the Connecticut Fisheries Division to see if we would want to make 490 Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) available to our anglers as a bonus fishery this fall.

We have said “yes” – So, we want to let you know that there was a one-time stocking of 490 Lake Trout (5.3 average lbs.) into select waters here in CT! There is no expectation that these fish will holdover for an extended period of time (years) or that they will reproduce. The intent of stocking them into Connecticut waters is to strictly provide a specialty fishery. The following waterbodies were stocked earlier this week to enhance late season and winter recreational fisheries: Winchester Lake, Coventry Lake, Tyler Lake, Squantz Pond, and Bigelow Pond.

Trout Stocking Updates

Apr. 14: Pequonnock River (open), Pequonnock River (Beardsley Park), Twin Brooks Pond, Bunnels Pond (Beardsley Park Pond), Norwalk River, Hop River, Mashapaug Lake, Roaring Brook (Glastonbury), and the Skungamuag River were stocked.

Apr. 13: Housatonic River (Bull’s Bridge TMA), Tenmile River (Bull’s Bridge TMA), Farm River (upper), Lake Saltonstall, Quonnipaug Lake, Roaring Brook (Stafford), Middle River, Bigelow Pond, Hewitt Fly Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Mount Hope River, and the Fenton River were stocked.

Apr. 12: Candlewood Lake, Southford Falls Pond Trout Park, Eight Mile Brook Trout Park (within Southford Falls State Park), Saugatuck River (upper & lower sections), Willimantic River (outside of the TMA), Branford Supply Pond, and the Branford River were stocked.

Apr. 10: Black Rock Pond, Branch Brook, Stratton Brook Park Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Wharton Brook Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, and Schreeder Pond were stocked.

Apr. 9: The Farmington River TMA (Rt. 219 down to the lower Collinsville dam), Natchaug River, Natchaug River Trout Park, Pasture Pond, and the Salmon River (outside of the TMA) were stocked.

Apr. 8: The Farmington River TMA (Goodwin Dam down to abutments pool), Moosup River TMA, Hammonasset River (outside of the TMA), Chatfield Hollow Brook, Valley Falls Park Pond, Walkers Reservoir, and Wauregen Reservoir were stocked.

Apr. 7: The Farmington River TMA (lower Collinsville Dam down to RT 177), Keach Pond (now open to fishing), and the Willimantic River TMA were stocked.

Apr. 6: The Yantic River TMA, Mill River – Hamden (outside of the TMA), and Farmington River (from RT. 177 down to RT. 4 in Farmington) were stocked.

Apr. 5: The Salmon River TMA, East Branch Salmon Brook (Granby), West Branch Salmon Brook (Granby), Salmon Brook (Granby), Christensen’s Pond, Mianus River TMA, Mill River (Fairfield) TMA, and Candlewood Lake (Lynn Deming) were stocked.

Apr. 1: West Hill Pond, Highland Lake, East Twin Lake, Hammonasset River TMA, Bigelow Brook, Green Falls River, Gardner Lake, Gay City Pond, Freshwater Pond, Center Springs Park Pond, and Mohawk Pond were stocked. Mohawk Pond was stocked with large Brook Trout that range in size from 12-22 inches and 1-5 lbs.

Mar. 31: The Pequabuck River (outside of the TMA), Mill River Hamden TMA (Sleeping Giant State Park), Mad River, Mad River Impoundment, Morgan Brook, Blackberry River, Whiting River, Leadmine Brook, Muddy River, Quinnipiac River, Latimer Brook, Mashamoquet Brook, Taylor Brook, Black Pond (Woodstock), and Choate Brook (half was stocked on Friday and the rest was finished up today) were stocked. Black Pond was stocked with large Brook Trout that range in size from 12-22 inches and 1-5 lbs. It’s part of our efforts to create unique fishing opportunities in the state of CT; please remember to harvest only what you intend to eat.

Mar. 30: The Farm River (lower), Baldwin Pond, Crystal Lake (Ellington), Naugatuck River (upper section), Naugatuck River (TMA), Squantz Pond, and Candlewood Lake (2nd of many runs) were stocked.

Mar. 26: The Quinebaug River, Still River (Colebrook), Sandy Brook, Farmill River, and the East Aspetuck River were stocked. The boat launch at Colebrook Reservoir is closed until April 10th, but shore fishing is currently allowed.

Mar. 25: The West River, Quonnipaug Lake, Blackwells Brook, Kitt Brook, Mill Brook (Woodstock), Indiantown Brook, Oxoxboxo Brook, Kent Falls Brook, Macedonia Brook, Pond Brook, Pootatuck River (lower), Bantam River (outlet), and Butternut Brook were stocked.

Mar. 23: Bungee Brook, Middle River, Still River (Eastford), Furnace Brook (Stafford), Beaver Brook including Ponds (Franklin/Sprague), Susquetonscut Brook, Sumner Brook, Reservoir Brook, Bible Rock Brook, Falls River, Pattaconk Brook, Ponset Brook, Nonewaug River, Weekeepeemee River, Bantam River (Inlet), West Branch of Bantam River, West Branch Saugatuck River, Rogers Park Pond, Branch Brook Trout Park, Stratton Brook Park Pond Trout Park (gate will be closed until the snow melts), and Baummer Pond were stocked.

Mar. 22: Trout Stocking Update: Today (3/22) The Farmington River (Route 4 to Tarrifville), Keney Park Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Beaver Park Pond/Lagoon, Birge Pond, Colony Park Pond, Mirror Lake, Rowan’s Pond, Stanley Quarter Pond, Snake Meadow Brook, Whetstone Brook, Quanduck Brook, and the French River were stocked.

Mar. 19: The Pomperaug River, Mohegan Park Pond, Valley Falls Park Pond, Pasture Pond, Schreeder Pond, and Chatfield Hollow Brook were stocked.

Mar. 18: Shunnock Brook, Hewitt Fly Pond, Hockanum River (below the TMA), Roaring Brook (Glastonbury), Five Mile River (upper & lower), Hop Brook, Hop Brook Impoundment, Northfield Brook, Northfield Impoundment, Black Rock Impoundment, Hancock Brook Impoundment, Morrissey Brook, Sawmill Brook, and the Shepaug River were stocked.

Mar. 17: Dickenson Creek, Day Pond Trout Park, Hop River, Southford Falls Pond Trout Park, Black Rock Pond Trout Park, Eight Mile Brook (Trout Park and outside of Trout Park), and the West Branch Pequonnock River were stocked.

Mar. 16: The Shetucket River, Coginchaug River, Skungamuag River**, Hockanum River (above the TMA), Great Hollow Pond Trout Park, Mianus River TMA, and the East Branch of the Naugatuck River were stocked.

Mar. 15: The Scantic River (upper & lower), Branford River, Farm River (upper), Hammonasset River (outside of the TMA), Wharton Brook Pond Trout Park, Fountain Lake, Prospect Town Park Pond, Kettletown Brook, Still River (Danbury), and East Swamp Brook were stocked. And, on 3/13 the Little River (Canterbury/Sprague) was stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air!

Mar. 12: The Natchaug River (including the Trout Park), Farmington River (Lower Collinsville Dam to Rt 177 in Unionville), and The Naugatuck River (Lower) were stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Stay tuned for more announcements next week. Please view a list of planned stocking locations using our trout stocking report on the web at https://portal.ct.gov/…/wee…/CurrentStockingReport.pdfWe will not be responding to questions about ‘when will xxxxx be stocked’, if it is on the list it will get stocked, please be patient. Need to know what’s been stocked recently? Check out the interactive trout stocking map at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmap

Mar. 11: The Jeremy River, Blackledge River (Upper & Lower), Bartlett Brook, Nepaug River, Mianus River (Open area; the TMA road is not ready to be driven on), Mill River TMA (Fairfield), Starret Pond, and Scoville Reservoir were stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Stay tuned for more announcements this week.

Mar. 10: The Willimantic River (above and below the TMA), Roaring Brook (Stafford), Pequonnock River (Open area outside of the Basin and Beardsley Park), Twin Brooks Pond, Bunnells Pond (Beardsley Park Pond), Hall Meadow Brook, Stillwater Pond, and the West Branch of the Naugatuck River were stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air!

Mar. 9: The Saugatuck River (upper and lower), Byram River, Rippowam River, Aspetuck River, Howell’s Pond, Stony Brook, Muddy Brook, Salmon River, Salmon River TMA, and Yantic River were stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Stay tuned for more announcements this week. Beach Pond is not open to trout fishing as it is subject to Rhode Island Trout Regulations (season opens on second Saturday of April). Please view a list of planned stocking locations using our trout stocking report on the web at https://portal.ct.gov/…/weekl…/CurrentStockingReport.pdf. We will not be responding to questions about ‘when will xxxxx be stocked’ if it is on the list it will get stocked, please be patient. Need to know what’s been stocked recently? Check out the interactive trout stocking map at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmap

Mar. 8: The Norwalk River, Mill River (Open-Fairfield), Mohegan Lake, Lake Stibbs, Nell’s Rock Reservoir, Pickett’s Pond, Eight Mile River (Salem, East Haddam, Lyme), Mount Hope River, and Fenton River were stocked. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Stay tuned for more announcements this week. Beach Pond is not open to trout fishing as it is subject to Rhode Island Trout Regulations (season opens on second Saturday of April). Please view a list of planned stocking locations using our trout stocking report on the web at https://portal.ct.gov/…/weekl…/CurrentStockingReport.pdf. We will not be responding to questions about ‘when will xxxxx be stocked’ if it is on the list it will get stocked, please be patient. Need to know what’s been stocked recently? Check out the interactive trout stocking map at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmap

Mar. 5: Ball Pond, East Twin Lake, Mohawk Pond, Horse Pond, Coventry Lake, Angus Park Pond, Black Pond (Middlefield/Meriden), Millers Pond, and just the East Branch of the Eight Mile River. Please enjoy the early opening to the season and be safe if going out on the ice! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Stay tuned for more announcements next week. Need to know what’s been stocked recently? Check out the interactive trout stocking map at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmap

Feb. 25: The Naugatuck River TMA, Salmon River TMA (Fly Area only), and Squantz Pond were stocked. Squantz Pond was stocked with large adults (16” average). The Naugatuck River TMA was only stocked from outside of the Army Corps gates due to snow and ice on the access roads and the Salmon River TMA was only stocked in the Fly Area (from the power lines downstream to just above the covered bridge) due to snow and ice along Salmon River Rd. Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings! Need to know where these places are located? Check out the interactive trout stocking map at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmap

Feb. 24: The Farmington River TMA (RT 219 down to the lower Collinsville Dam), Rogers Lake, and Amos Lake were stocked. Satan’s Kingdom on the Farmington River was not stocked due to icy conditions, but they went heavy just upstream. Rogers Lake was stocked with large adults (16” average) and standard size adults (< 12”) and Amos Lake was topped off with standards after getting large adults and some standards yesterday. Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings!

Feb. 23: The Mill River TMA (Sleeping Giant SP in Hamden), Pequabuck River TMA, East Twin Lake, Amos Lake, and Crystal Lake were stocked. The lakes were stocked with large adults (16” average). Access was limited at the Mill River, so not all locations were hit inside of the gate, but hatchery staff trudged through the snow as best they could. Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings!

Feb. 22: The Farmington River TMA (Goodwin Dam down to the Abutments Pool), West Hill Pond, and Highland Lake were stocked. Both West Hill and Highland were stocked with large adults (16” average). Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings!

Feb. 18: The following Trout Management Areas were stocked: Moosup River TMA and Yantic River TMA (both are currently Catch & Release only). Stocking was limited in the Fly Area of the Yantic TMA because staff could not get through the gate off of Barstow Road. Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings! These recent TMA stockings (yesterday and today) should provide good fishing opportunities as the forecast looks pretty nice this coming weekend and most of next week. Thanks to the hatchery staff for stocking in these tough conditions! Please remember that a Trout and Salmon Stamp is required to fish in Trout Management Areas.

Feb. 11: The following Trout Management Lakes were stocked: Crystal Lake and Highland Lake (12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit at each lake – 5, only 1 may be 16” or greater). Both lakes were stocked with large adults (16” average). Good luck and enjoy these early season stockings! The recent and forthcoming typical winter weather is making ice, and several of our more popular waters are supporting ice fishing. So, we encourage everyone to be safe, fish with a buddy, and enjoy the time outdoors. Please remember that a Trout and Salmon Stamp is required to Harvest fish from the Trout Management Lakes.

For more information about upcoming winter and spring stockings, visit the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife website.

6 on “2021 Connecticut Trout Stockings

  1. Leffley Kennedy

    Lake trout!
    Tell me more!
    Are they stocking squabbins pond?

    1. Joe G

      Stock the lakers in undisclosed lakes! Let them get a head start on reproducing. People will find them eventually and hopefully at that point they will have successful spawns. Think about that.

  2. Paul

    Where Are The Trout ?? Stocking in CT has decreased since I began fishing!

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