Fish Stocking Plan

While fishing is a "state-approved” activity during these times, we urge you to practice effective “social distancing” and other measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Visit Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19 for best practices for safely enjoying Vermont's outdoor recreation.

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 2020

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

Trophy Trout Lakes and Pond Stocking
WaterbodyTownSpeciesNumber Planned
Adams ReservoirWoodfordBKT250
Amherst LakePlymouthRBT200
Black PondHubbardtonRBT200
Colby PondPlymouthBKT250
Colton PondKillingtonBKT200
Echo LakePlymouthRBT200
Forest LakeAverillRBT100
Goshen DamGoshenBKT0
Harriman ReservoirWilmington-WhitinghamBKT1000
Holland PondHollandRBT500
Kent PondKillingtonRBT400
Kent PondKillingtonBKT200
Knapp Pond No 1Reading-CavendishRBT300
Knapp Pond No 2Reading-CavendishBKT300
Lake ParanBennington/ShaftsburyRBT500
Lake RapondaWilmingtonRBT400
Lake RescueLudlowRBT250
Lake ShaftsburyShaftsburyRBT400
Lefferts PondChittendenBKT500
McIntosh PondRoyaltonBKT100
McIntosh PondRoyaltonRBT200
Mill PondWindsorRBT300
Miller PondStraffordBKT200
Miller PondStraffordRBT400
Rood PondWilliamstown,BrookfieldBKT500
Smith PondPittsfordBKT500
Stoughton PondWeathersfieldRBT300
Sunset LakeBrookfieldRBT300
Sunset LakeBrookfieldBKT200
Yearlings/Smolt Stocking
SpeciesInland WatersLake Champlain
Brook Trout62950 
Brown Trout5780048000
Lake Trout480057000
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon33400145000
Rainbow Trout91000 
Steelhead Trout1080058000
Total259350308000
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.

Dates are tentative, may change because of weather, or stream conditions.

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