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TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesanticipates releasing more than 300,000 brown, golden and rainbow trout in lakes, rivers and streams over the next few months, as 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year fortrout fishingin Maryland.

The department’s hatchery team beganpreseason trout stockinglate last year and will begin spring stocking starting this month, when some areas are closed to fishing. Although there is always some form of trout fishing allowed in the state year-round, the department considers it “preseason” until these March closures take place.

“Trout fishing has become an annual rite of spring for many families,“Fishing and Boating ServicesDirector David Blazer said. “This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself and your family in a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime.”

Trout stocking is made possible through revenue fromfishing licenses, trout stamps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. This grant program allows the department to hatch, grow and release trout throughout the state. The majority of Maryland’s stocked trout are raised in the department hatcheries, including theAlbert Powell Hatcheryin Washington County, theBear Creek Hatcheryin Garrett County as well as through a partnership with the privately ownedMettiki Hatchery, also in Garrett County.

Anglers should consult the2018 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbingfor specific details on daily creel limits and other important information. The department’strout stocking website, social media andemail serviceprovides updated information on what locations are being stocked. In addition, anglers may call our stocking hotline for a weekly summary at 800-688-3467.