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Posted on October 26, 2012 | Permalink

Spawning Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River Watershed

Mr. Sull McCartney of the Youghiogheny Chapter of Trout Unlimited sent me a few remarkable photos of spawning brook trout. October is the month when the native brook trout seeks out the cold clear water with sediment-free gravel where the female builds a nest (called a redd). The male brook trout is at his finest coloration during the spawn – bright orange sides and fins highlighted by black and white margins. During the spawning process, the female brook trout brushes the eggs into the spaces between the gravel with her fins. The eggs incubate and hatch within this clean gravel substrate, and the fry will emerge from the gravel in early spring after they absorb their yolk sack. Sull took these photos in the Savage River Watershed, and we can see how clean the water and substrate are in this small stream – the conditions needed for brook trout to thrive.

Tags: brook trout

Posted on September 13, 2012 | Permalink

Yough River Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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

Last Sunday I fished the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area to try out some terrestrial cricket patterns. The river was quite low, but the first deeper pool I fished brought a nice rainbow to the surface for an explosive hit on the cricket (Picture 1). Recently I fished the river with Inland Fisheries Director Don Cosden and his wife Susie, and we had a great day. We caught about a dozen trout between us, Don landed a gorgeous 17 inch rainbow (Pictures 2 and 3) while Susie caught a nice 14 inch brown trout plus a lot of smallmouth bass (Picture 4). A great brown trout was also recently caught by Sang Run Outfitters fishing guide Larry Teets in the Yough C&R Area, this big brown measured in at 26 inches, and was Larry’s personal best on the Yough (Picture 5).

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass

Posted on August 28, 2012 | Permalink

Jennings Randolf Lake Water Quality Release

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Jennings Randolph Lake

Message from the US Army Corps of Engineers:

There is a water quality release planned from Jennings Randolph Lake beginning on Sunday September 2 and ending on Monday September 3. The outflow will begin increasing at 6 AM on Sunday and reach about 1000 cfs by 10 AM. That flow will be maintained until Monday at 3 PM when flows will be stepped back to about 150 cfs by 5 PM.

This release could be modified or cancelled if hydrologic conditions change significantly.

The 2012 release schedule for the North Branch Potomac has been posted on the public website:


Posted on August 27, 2012 | Permalink

Night Fishing at the Youghiogheny Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny Reservoir

My son Kyle’s summer vacation was coming to an end – and one thing he wanted to do was to catch a channel catfish before heading back to school. We night-fished the Youghiogheny Reservoir near Mill Run and had an awesome night. Kyle landed his first channel catfish ever – and a respectable one indeed. He ended up catching three large channel cats (24 – 28 inches), and it was a blast watching him fight these fish on light tackle! He also caught his first yellow bullhead – a nice 13 inch specimen!

Tags: channel cat, yellow bullhead

Posted on June 19, 2012 | Permalink

Father's Day Fishing for Crappies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Broadford Lake

My son Kyle and I fished Broadford Lake on Father’s Day, intent on catching black crappies for a fish fry. We fished for a couple of hours with no luck, so Kyle decided to fly-fish for some bluegills. I finally found the right spot and depth that held the crappies, and we had a great afternoon of fishing. Being that it was Father’s Day, Kyle said he would kindly let me have the honor of cleaning all of the fish while he took a nap.

Tags: crappie

Posted on May 24, 2012 | Permalink

Green Drake hatch on the Yough

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

This week on the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area was the peak of the Green Drake mayfly hatch. This is the time when the larger trout are quite vulnerable as they become gluttons feeding on this large, beautiful aquatic insect. I caught several gorgeous brown and rainbow trout in the 12 - 17 inch size class that just had the reel screaming out line, as the river is at fairly high flow giving the fish plenty of room to swim. As often the case with these Warmwater-strain rainbow trout, they will make several jumps out of the water during the fight. The hatch should continue through Memorial Day weekend, and the last hour of daylight is best.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Posted on April 12, 2012 | Permalink

Good Fishing in Western Maryland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake/Broadford Lake

While trout season is in full swing in Western Maryland, angling for warmwater fish species has been good as well, thanks to the warm spring we have experienced. Smallmouth bass action is picking up along the rocky shorelines of Deep Creek Lake, hitting Rapalas and Husky Jerks. Jumbo bluegills and yellow perch can be caught in Deep Creek Lake near shore at dusk using a piece of crawler fished in 4 feet of water. My son Kyle and I have also been fishing Broadford Lake in Oakland, and catching a mixed bag of rainbow trout, chain pickerel, and largemouth bass. Pictured 1) Kyle with DCL Smallmouth 2) Broadford Lake Largemouth Bass 3) DCL Bluegills and a 14.5 in Yellow Perch

Tags: smallmouth bass, bluegills, yelow perch, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, largemouth bass

Posted on March 26, 2012 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Annual Walleye Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Western Region Fisheries Biologists recently conducted the annual Walleye Population Survey in Deep Creek Lake. Anglers should enjoy another great season in Deep Creek Lake (opening day is April 16) as we documented a high abundance level of adult Walleye during the electrofishing survey. Most of the Walleye were in the 16 - 18 inch size class, and we did collect a few larger fish greater than 20 inches. We also collected a large sample of Bluegills, and most of these fish were in the 8 to 10 inch size class.

Pictured are 1) Capt. Jody Johnson of the Western Region Research Vessel; 2) Fisheries Technician Terri Belasco with a large Walleye; 3) Brook Trout Biologist Matt Sell with another large Walleye; 4) Big DCL Bluegill

Tags: walleye, bluegill

Posted on March 13, 2012 | Permalink

First Trout of the Season

Type: Freshwater
Location: Youghiogheny River

With the unseasonably warm weather we have been having in Western Maryland, there have been prolific hatches of winter stoneflies in our trout streams. Sunday was beautiful warm sunny day, so I headed down to the Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area, and the stoneflies were flying everywhere along the river! I had a black bead-head stonefly nymph already tied on, so I tried it in the first hole, and was rewarded by a nice wild Brown Trout – the first trout of the season! Working my way upstream, I noticed a pod of rising fish, so I switched to a black-bodied elk-hair caddis - and hooked up on several strong fighting Rainbow Trout. I ended up losing the fly on a big Rainbow, but a green-bodied caddis seemed to work just as well. Once the sun was off the water, the hatch trickled down, and so did the number of rising trout. It was a great day – landed about a dozen nice-sized Brown and Rainbow Trout, saw a mature bald eagle doing some fishing of his own, wood ducks, mallards, and a flock of common mergansers also looking for a few fish to eat.

Pictured are 1) winter stonefly 2) brown trout 3) rainbow trout 4) rainbow trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Posted on November 28, 2011 | Permalink

Glades Park in Oakland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Glades Park Youth & Blind Persons Pond (Oakland)

My son Kyle took a break from chasing deer with his bow and fished one of his favorite fishing holes - the Glades Park Youth and Blind Persons Pond in Oakland. The rainbow trout were very aggressive and he had a stringer of nice trout for the smoker in short order! Enjoy this pond while you can Kyle, you only have two more years before you are too old to fish here.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

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