Trout stockings occur year-round. Anglers commonly view the beginning of stocking season to be the end of February, when adult trout stockings begin for Stocked Trout Waters (view these waters on our County Guide interactive map) in preparation of the opening day of trout season. After opening day, in-season stockings continue for these waters. In addition to adults, fingerling trout are also stocked throughout the year.
|Cooperative Nurseries (approximately)||1,026,745|||
|Total to be Stocked||4,214,745|
* Numbers planned for the stocking year (1/1 through 12/31). Due to a number of variables actual numbers stocked may change.
** Trophy are golden rainbow trout that average 1.5 pounds and 14 inches, their numbers are included with rainbow trout.
Fingerling trout stockings are composed of sub-legal trout (less than the statewide minimum length limit of 7 inches). Fingerling trout are used to provide angling opportunities on waters that have the potential to provide a trout fishery on a put-grow-take basis. The receiving waters must meet the general life requirements of trout on a year-round basis.
Dates provided are subject to change. There are also usually a few last minute stockings to remove any surplus fingerlings from production. Additional fingerling stockings are added as they are scheduled.
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