Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink
Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area Float-Stocking
Location: Town Creek
The Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas were float stocked with a total of 3,000 rainbow trout on March 16th. Bear Creek Hatchery and Inland Fisheries DNR staff were assisted by members of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited to float-stock the entire upper Delayed Harvest area, this section of the stream has some spectacular "cliff pools" that are great places to trout fish. We also float-stocked most the the lower area near the Bull Ring Ranch, an area characterized by fast runs and some large flat pools. Winter stoneflies were hatching and dark stonefly patterns in size 18 - 14 should work well. With winter now behind us - it is trout fishing time!
Pic 1 - TU and DNR staff loading up the float-stocking barge with rainbow trout.
Pic 2 - DNR staff floating the fish down Town Creek to be released in remote areas of the stream.
Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink
Emily's Ice-Fishing Adventure
Location: Deep Creek Lake
Four-year-old Emily Stonesifer and her dad Nick joined us on the ice of Deep Creek Lake with the hopes of both father and daughter catching their first fish through the ice. It didn't take long - the bobber on Emily's fishing pole plopped down the hole and a fish was rapidly taking out line! Emily grabbed the pole and started reeling in the fish and became quite excited as she could see the fish swimming under the ice! Soon a toothy chain pickerel was on top of the ice! After seeing the sharp teeth, she was a little hesitant about holding the fish for a picture, so dad took the honors. She did gently put fish fish back down the hole so it could fight another day.
Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink
Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys
Location: North Branch Potomac River
The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.
Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.
Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink
Youghiogheny Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area
Location: Youghiogheny River
The Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area was recently surveyed with the help of the Garrett College's Fisheries Management Class. The upper station near Hoyes contained the highest density of trout, and some very nice trophy sized brown trout and rainbow trout. Even one brook trout was collected at this station. The lower Sang Run station had fewer trout, however we did collect some nice size rainbow trout and brown trout between twelve and fifteen inches.
Pictured is a 24.5 inch trout brown trout and a 16 inch rainbow trout from the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area.
Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink
Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey
Location: Savage River
The Savage River downstream of the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the wild trout population. The river is managed as a Trophy Trout Fishing Area with two separate management areas. The area from the dam downstream to the Allegany Bridge is a Fly Fishing Only Area and supported an amazing density of adult trout estimated at 1,179 trout per mile! The Single-hook Artificial Lures and Flies Area from the Allegany Bridge downstream 2.7 miles to the mouth of the river also had a very similar density of 1,170 adult trout per mile. Brown Trout comprise 82% of the population, followed by 12% Brook Trout, and 6% Rainbow Trout. Even a 14 inch Cutthroat Trout was collected during the survey. Many thanks to the MD DNR Fisheries Service staff, Wildlife Service staff, and Garrett College Natural Resource Program students that assisted in the surveys.
Pictured are 1) Jessica Klotz with a Brown Trout 2) Kelsey Hottel with a 12 inch Brook Trout, 3) Charlee Cramer with a Brown Trout 4) Zach Beal with a Rainbow Trout 5) Cinthia Myers with the Cutthroat Trout
Posted on June 12, 2014 | Permalink
Junior Hunter and Angler Field Day at Pleasant Valley Lake
Location: Pleasant Valley Lake
The Maryland Department of Natural Resource's Wildlife and Heritage Service along with the Fisheries Service recently hosted a Junior Hunter and Angler Field Day for 32 youngsters at the 4-H Center in Garrett County. The kids participated in archery, skeet, wildlife biology, and fishing in Pleasant Valley Lake. Several of the kids had their first fishing experience, and each one of the young anglers caught several fish including Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds, and Largemouth Bass. This public fishing area is located off of Rt. 495 near Bittinger, MD. Pleasant Valley Lake is a great place to introduce kids to fishing as the lake supports an abundant sunfish population. Pictured are several of the happy anglers with their catch.
Posted on June 6, 2014 | Permalink
Crappie Time at Broadford Lake!
Location: Broadford Lake
I fished Broadford Lake near Oakland recently and had some fantastic fly-fishing for Black Crappies and Bluegills. The crappies were taking bead-head nymphs fished at near-shore brush piles, and the Bluegills were cruising the shallows and were taking Elk-Hair Caddis flies. I took home a nice stringer of fish, the makings of a great fish fry!
Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink
Lake Habeeb at Population Survey
Location: Rocky Gap State Park
The Western Region Inland Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the 243 acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park. The Inland Fisheries Service's efforts to establish a population of Redear Sunfish has been successful, as these large panfish were abundant throughout the lake. Many of the Redears were in the 9 - 10.5 inch size class, and were thick bodied. Redear Sunfish fingerlings were stocked in the lake from 1998 until 2002. The lake also supports a good population of nice-sized Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds. Yellow Perch were common, and perch measuring 12.5 inches were collected. Largemouth Bass were abundant, however the population was dominated by bass in the 9 - 11 inch range, and they tended to be thin. However, we did collect a few trophy Largemouth Bass greater than 20 inches. We will be exploring some fishery management options to improve the Largemouth Bass population. Other fish species of note was a good sized Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout were rising to mayflies everywhere on the lake.
Pictured is Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with 1) Redear Sunfish 2) Bluegill 3) Channel Catfish 4) Largemouth Bass
Posted on May 12, 2014 | Permalink
Going the extra mile - by Railroad Cart!
Location: North Branch Potomac River
The Inland Fisheries Service recently stocked the North Branch Potomac River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area by using a rail cart towed by a CXS Rail Truck. This cooperative effort between CXS and DNR allowed us to stock 1500 Rainbow Trout in this remote section of the river adjoining Potomac State Forest. Anglers can access the river by the Forest Service Roads at Lostland Run, Laurel Run, and the Wallman Area. Once at these easy access points, anglers can hike along the river to find some spectacular water with plenty of elbow room to fish. Pictured are: 1) Fisheries Service staff Marcus Wilson, Jonathon Folk, and Jody Johnson loading up the stock tank with trout from the Bear Creek Hatchery; 2) Jody Johnson and Kenny Wampler loading up a tub of trout ready to be stocked in the river 3) the North Branch Potomac River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area near the Laurel Run access area.
Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink
Deep Creek Lake Walleye Season
Location: Deep Creek
Anglers can expect another great Walleye season in Deep Creek Lake based on our recent electrofishing surveys. We sampled for Walleye in three areas of the lake (northern area, mid-lake area, and southern area) and Walleye were abundant at each station. We obtained a mean catch rate of greater than 200 Walleye per hour, which will probably be a record catch rate for Deep Creek Lake. Most of the fish were males in the 15 to 18 inch range, but we did net a couple of large females including this 26 inch, 6.3 pound trophy held by Fisheries Technician Kenny Wampler. The Walleye season opens in Deep Creek Lake on April 16th, with a five fish daily creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. The best fishing is at dusk to early evening using Rapala-type lures or using live minnows – and the Walleye are in very shallow water during this time period.