Press Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Winter Fishing Tradition in Maryland

Photo of trout at state hatchery

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesis offering anglers an early start to the spring trout season before winter even begins.

Starting the week of Dec. 17, 2018, the department will conduct preseasontrout stocking at several popular fishing locations. Early trout stocking will include several impoundments that will receive their annual allotments in a single stocking.

“Fishing in Maryland is a year-round activity,”Fishing and Boating ServicesDirector David Blazer said. “Some of our most die-hard anglers come out in the winter. This is a unique opportunity to have those efforts rewarded, and it’s also an ideal time for new anglers toget their licenseand learn the sport and tradition.”

The state’s hatcheries are raising more than a quarter million brown, golden and rainbow trout, which will be stocked in more than 130 locations across 14 counties during the 2019 spring season.

The stocking schedule and daily updates are availableonlineas well as the department’sregional service centersandlicense agents. Anglers can also receive stocking notificationsby emailor calling 800-688-3467.

The trout stocking program is funded by the sale of nontidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and federal Sport Fish Restoration Program funds.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...