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Posted on June 12, 2014 | Permalink

Junior Hunter and Angler Field Day at Pleasant Valley Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
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.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass

Posted on June 6, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie Time at Broadford Lake!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
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!

Tags: Bluegill, Black Crappie

Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Habeeb at Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
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

Tags: Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass,Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Fish Population Survey

Posted on May 12, 2014 | Permalink

Going the extra mile - by Railroad Cart!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
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.

Tags: Trout Stocking

Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye Season

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
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.

Tags: Walleye

Posted on February 14, 2014 | Permalink

Afternoon Shift of Ice Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

After the Envirothon Club left the ice for the day, my son Kyle and his friends were able to join me and Swallow Falls State Park Manager Donnie Oates for the evening bite. Our ice fishing spot has been producing some nice Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, and Yellow Perch. Blake caught two nice Chain Pickerel, and he gave them to me to take home for some tasty fish cakes using the Old Bay Crab Cake recipe. Donnie caught his first Walleye ever, however it needs another year to grow to legal size.

Pictured 1) Largemouth Bass that was released 2) Kyle Klotz, Zach Voelkel, and Brett Oates strike a pose with a Chain Pickerel 3) Donnie with his first Walleye 4) Donnie holding son Brett’s Yellow Perch 5) Blake holding one of his Chain Pickerel.

Tags: Ice Fishing, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Yellow Perch

Posted on February 12, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Ice Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

The Northern Garrett High School Envirothon Club, teacher Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler and I ventured out onto the thick ice of Deep Creek Lake to have some fun ice fishing - a first time experience for all the students and the teacher. We made our own ice-rods by simply duct-taping a reel to the top part of a two-piece rod, tied on a # 10 hook, attached a bobber and a couple of sinkers to the line, and used live minnows for bait. Thank goodness we had a power auger to get through the 12 inches of solid ice! It wasn't long before the first bobber was pulled under the ice and a nice 19.5 inch Chain Pickerel was soon on top of the ice. Every student caught at least one fish, and the cold day was made more tolerable with a large thermos of hot chocolate and homemade brownies!

Pictured: 1) Emily Fratz with her first Chain Pickerel 2) the Envirothon Club: Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, Katie Carpenter, Blake Upole, Madi Gallagher with her jumbo Yellow Perch, Emily Fratz, and Brandon Raley. 3) Rebecca with her 13.75 inch Yellow Perch, and 4) Katie with her last-minute Yellow Perch

Tags: Northern Garrett High School Envirothon Club, Ice Fishing, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch

Posted on October 4, 2013 | Permalink

NBPR C&R Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area

The upper North Branch Potomac River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area Survey:

The upper North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area (just downstream of the Jennings Randolph Lake) was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the trout population. We did document a relatively low density of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, however there were some trophy-sized wild trout in the population. Wild Rainbow Trout up to 20 inches and Brown Trout measuring 13 inches were collected. A fall stocking of Rainbow Trout will take place this month to improve fishing in this section of the river. Also the Put and Take Trout Fishing Areas at Barnum and Westernport will receive a total of 1,600 Rainbow Trout in October. The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class provided the necessary manpower to conduct the survey.

Pictured: 1) Garrett College Class with trophy Rainbow Trout 2) Rainbow Trout 3) Brown Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Trout Survey

Posted on September 27, 2013 | Permalink

Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area

The Inland Fisheries Service with the valuable assistance of Garrett College's Fisheries Management Class recently conducted fish population surveys in the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area. We collected a lot of recently stocked Rainbow Trout in the 8 - 10 inch size class as well as a lot of Brown Trout in the 6 - 8 inch size class from fingerling stockings during the summer, showing good growth and survival rates. The best part of the surveys were the trophy sized Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout at each station we sampled. Brown Trout measuring up to 23 inches and Rainbow Trout measuring up 18 inches were collected. Several chunky Smallmouth Bass were collected, providing additional fishing opportunities.

Pictures 1) Trophy Rainbow Trout 2) Garrett College students posing with trophy Brown Trout 3) Smallmouth Bass 4) Fisheries Tech Jon Folk with lunker Brown Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Posted on September 11, 2013 | Permalink

Good Day on the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

My son Kyle and I recently had a great afternoon fly-fishing the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area. The trout were eagerly taking green-bodied Elk hair Caddis fished across the current, then "skittered" back upstream. We ended up each catching more than a dozen trout, a mix of Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, the largest being about 14 inches.

Pictures 1) Rainbow Trout 2) Brown Trout 3) Kyle with Rainbow Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

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