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Tidal Bass Stocking

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources has released over 5 million young largemouth bass into Maryland's tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay since 1980. Routine stocking is sometimes necessary to maintain or grow bass fisheries, such as when habitat conditions severely limit reproduction. To assist in stocking, the department considers input from anglers and the general public alike, as well as bass fishing clubs. All fish stocking follows a stocking policy established in 2014. 

Bass are usually raised in the department's warm water hatcheries atJoseph Manning Hatchery and Unicorn Lake Hatchery. The department also purchases largemouth from state-approved vendors to stock some rivers and works in conjunction with Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. who grow bass which are routinely stocked in the Gunpowder River and Middle River. Please see below for the most recent list of stocked areas.


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11/1/2017Caroline, TalbotChoptank River7506 - 8 inches
10/24/2017BaltimoreGunpowder River15004 - 12 inches
10/5/2017CecilElk River10015 - 7 inches
10/4/2017CecilElk River4925 - 7 inches
8/23/2017BaltimoreGunpowder River5004 - 8 inches
8/15/2017Cecil, HartfordUpper Chesapeake Bay10993 - 6 inches
8/4/2017CharlesPotomac River27303 - 6 inches
8/4/2017CharlesPotomac River20003 - 6 inches
8/4/2017CharlesPotomac River13753 - 6 inches
7/27/2017CharlesPotomac River19503 - 6 inches
7/20/2017CharlesPotomac River30003 - 6 inches
7/19/2017CharlesPotomac River60003 - 6 inches
6/20/2017Cecil, HartfordUpper Chesapeake Bay38933 - 5 inches
6/1/2017Charles Potomac River200001.5 inches
5/17/2017CharlesPotomac River2600002 - 3 inches
5/17/2017CharlesPotomac River300002 - 3 inches