Fish Stocking Plan

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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 plan 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 Plan for 2021

Trophy Trout Stream Stocking
WaterbodyTown2YR Rainbow2YR Brown Trout2YR Brook TroutTotal
Black RiverCavendish-Weathersfield1500500 2000
Deerfield RiverSomerset-Searsburg  11001100
East CreekRutland1250  1250
Lamoille RiverFairfax 600 600
Missisquoi RiverEnosburg1000  1000
Otter CreekDanby/Mt Tabor500500 1000
Passumpsic RiverSt. Johnsbury700300 1000
Walloomsac RiverBennington750250 1000
Winooski RiverWaterbury, Duxbury1000350 1350

Note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Agency of Natural Resources is taking additional safety measures to protect our employees, partners and customers, for this reason we chose not to publish trophy stocking dates this year.

Trophy Trout Lakes and Pond Stocking
WaterbodyTownSpeciesNumber Planned
Adams ReservoirWoodfordBKT250
Amherst LakePlymouthRBT200
Black PondHubbardtonRBT200
Colby PondPlymouthBKT250
Colton PondKillingtonBKT200
Echo LakePlymouthRBT200
Forest LakeAverillRBT200
Harriman ReservoirWilmington-WhitinghamBKT1000
Holland PondHollandRBT500
Kent PondKillingtonBKT200
Kent PondKillingtonRBT400
Knapp Pond No 1Reading-CavendishRBT300
Knapp Pond No 2Reading-CavendishBKT300
Lake ParanBennington/ShaftsburyRBT500
Lake RapondaWilmingtonRBT400
Lake RescueLudlowRBT250
Lake ShaftsburyShaftsburyRBT200
Lefferts PondChittendenBKT500
McIntosh PondRoyaltonBKT100
McIntosh PondRoyaltonRBT200
Mill PondWindsorRBT300
Miller PondStraffordRBT400
Miller PondStraffordBKT200
Rood PondWilliamstown,BrookfieldBKT500
Smith PondPittsfordBKT500
Stoughton PondWeathersfieldRBT300
Sunset LakeBrookfieldRBT300
Sunset LakeBrookfieldBKT200
Yearlings/Smolt Stocking
SpeciesInland WatersLake Champlain
Brook Trout64150 
Brown Trout5775048000
Lake Trout480057000
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon31400190500
Rainbow Trout100650 
Steelhead Trout870058000
Total266050353500
The destruction of the Roxbury Fish Hatchery by Tropical Storm Irene has resulted in fewer trout being stocked in inland lakes and streams. The reconstruction of the facility was completed in September 2020. Roxbury will once again produce about 60,000 yearling brook and rainbow trout and 5,000 trophy brook trout, with the first fish slated to be stocked out in the spring of 2022.

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