The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) has been operating fish hatcheries since the agency was formed in 1866, making it the oldest state-operated hatchery program in the country. Today, MassWildlife manages five hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sunderland, Sandwich, and Palmer, producing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout. Each spring and fall, MassWildlife stocks these trout in lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams throughout the state.
MassWildlife begins spring trout stocking in March, and will continue stocking through May. Anglers can find daily stocking reports by visiting mass.gov/trout Read on to learn how to identify the different types of trout and get tips for catching them.
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