Do You Know Your Trout?
How well do you know your trout? This is an important question we have been asking anglers like you. Maryland waters are home to one native trout species: brook trout. Mostly found in the streams and rivers of Western Maryland, the presence of brook trout indicates that a stream is healthy. While fishing for brook trout is allowed, the department is trying to protect this species with rules limiting take of these fish. Each year, the Department of Natural Resources stocks golden, rainbow, and brown trout for fishing. It is important that anglers know how to tell these species apart. Test your trout ID skills here! And check out our new pocket guide to learn how to identify Maryland's trout species.