Every year the department’s fish hatcheries work hard to increase your chances of angling success in Vermont.

Whether you’re looking to catch a beautiful “Trophy Trout” on the Winooski River or cast for brookies in a stocked stream near you, this year’s stocking schedule will not let you down.

Regular stocking updates will begin the first week of May and will continue until all stocking is complete.
All stockings dates will be entered within 48 hours after completion.

Proposed Stocking Schedule for 2017

Trophy Trout Stream Stocking
WaterbodyTownWeek of:2YR Rainbow2YR Brown TroutTotal
Black RiverCavendish-WeathersfieldWeeks of May 1, 8, 15, 2215005002000
East CreekRutlandWeeks of April 17, and May 221250 1250
Lamoille RiverFairfaxWeeks of April 17, and May 1 600600
Mississquoi RiverEnosburgWeeks of April 17 May 11000 1000
Otter CreekDanby/Mt TaborWeeks of April 17 May 21 5005001000
Passumpsic RiverSt. JohnsburyWeeks of May 1, 157003001000
Walloomsac RiverBenningtonWeeks of April 24, and May 157502501000
Winooski RiverWaterbury, DuxburyWeeks of May 1, 1510003501350

Note: Trophy area stocking dates are subject to change based on weather and water conditions.

Trophy Trout Lakes and Pond Stocking
WaterbodyTownSpeciesNumber Planned
Amherst LakePlymouthRBT120
Black PondHubbardtonRBT200
Echo LakePlymouthRBT140
Holland PondHollandRBT500
Kent PondSherburneRBT500
Knapp Pond No 1Reading-CavendishRBT120
Lake ParanBennington/ShaftsburyRBT500
Lake RapondaWilmingtonRBT800
Lake RescueLudlowRBT270
Lake ShaftsburyShaftsburyRBT120
McIntosh PondRoyaltonRBT300
Mill PondWindsorRBT300
Miller PondStraffordRBT600
Smith PondPittsfordBKT300
Stoughton PondWeathersfieldRBT300
Sunset LakeBrookfieldRBT300
Yearlings/Smolt Stocking
SpeciesInland WatersLake Champlain
Brook Trout87550 
Brown Trout5985048000
Lake Trout1350057000
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon34400141400
Rainbow Trout96400 
Steelhead Trout1000058000
Total300600304400

The destruction of the Roxbury Fish Hatchery by Tropical Storm Irene has resulted in fewer trout being stocked in inland lakes and streams. Roxbury produced a significant number of yearling and trophy fish every year and the department plans on rebuilding the hatchery.

For further information, please email Dave Yasharian or 802-467-3660.