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Posted on October 3, 2011 | Permalink

North Branch Potomac River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Garrett County
Location: North Branch Potomac

Western Region Fisheries staff with the assistance of the Garrett College’s Fisheries Management Class recently conducted the annual fish population survey in the upper C&R Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake. We collected some fine specimens of rainbow trout greater than 20 inches as well as some wild young of year rainbow trout. Brown trout measuring up to 14 inches were also collected. The students performed exceptionally well, pulling the inflatable electro-fishing barge and wading in some strong current atop of substrate that is likened to “greased bowling balls” – without a single person falling in the river! I did observe a good number of caddis fly larvae in the river, and there was a decent hatch of small mayflies and a few caddisflies while we conducting the survey. (note: the trout in the live well are alive and healthy – just sedated to make weighing and measuring a lot easier. They soon “come around” and were released back into the river). [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/mddnrfish/6207763080/][img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/6207763080_f14b242dc5.jpg[/img][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/mddnrfish/6207763080/]Courtesy of Alan Klotz[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/mddnrfish/]mddnrfish[/url], on Flickr

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Posted on September 21, 2011 | Permalink

Bamboo Fly Rod on the Yough River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

Earlier this week I received one of the best gifts ever from a good friend – an Orvis 5-wt Bamboo Flyrod. I always dreamed of owning one, and thought I would wait until the kids were out of college before treating myself to one. So, having not fished in more a month, I rigged the rod up and headed down to the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area. In my haste, I forgot my vest along with all my flies, but fortunately I had an Elk-hair Caddis and a bead-head caddis emerger already tied on the leader. The river was flowing high but a few caddis and some very large Pteronarcys stoneflies were hatching. I missed a couple trout in the deep fast water, and then a nice brown trout jumped clear out of the water and grabbed the dry fly. And what a fight, it uncharacteristically jumped several time like a rainbow trout, then started peeling off line downstream into the faster deep water. It then started fighting like brown trout often do, that is, by trying to wedge itself under a boulder in a deep hole. I did manage to land this fine brown trout, took a couple of quick pictures and released him back to the river. I walked back upstream and cast the Elk-hair to the same spot, and amazingly another twin brown trout took the dry fly and I had a repeat of the first fight! I landed a rainbow and another brown, and missed more trout than I care to admit before darkness settle in. What a great experience with the first time ever I fished with a bamboo rod – thanks a million Neil!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Posted on August 5, 2011 | Permalink

Stocking Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch - Potomac

We assisted the West Virginia DNR with stocking 509 trophy sized rainbow (415) and golden trout (94) into the North Branch Potomac River downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake today: About 255 rainbows were stocked in the Barnum to Bluehole Put and Take Area; 100 rainbows were stocked in the Lower C&R section (downstream of Bluehole) and 60 rainbows were stocked in the upper C&R – and the goldens were divided up between these areas as well. These trout averaged about 3 lbs each, and should spark a lot of angler interest.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

Posted on July 18, 2011 | Permalink

North Branch Potomac River and Youghiogheny River C&R Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location: North Branch Potomac River

My son Kyle and I fished the upper Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area of the North Branch Potomac River just downstream of the Jennings Randolph Lake Dam last weekend. We targeted the upper boundary stretch that was opened for anglers just this year; it includes a rather large deep pool and some pocket water. It was a bright sunny day, and not a lot of insect hatches happening, but I managed to land a rainbow and a brown on Stimulators. Kyle did better on his spinning tackle with three rainbows and a brown trout all about a foot long. We did see a lot of fingerling brown trout from a stocking earlier in the summer, as well as a few wild young of year rainbows. Later that evening we hiked down into the remote part of the Yough C&R Area, and again not much happening with the insect hatches, but landed 4 nice rainbows on Elk-hair caddis. I switched to a bead-head caddis larva pattern and proceeded to catch river chub after river chub, some approaching eight inches long. The fishing experience was made even better by seeing a fisher (member of the weasel family) feeding along the river, an immature bald eagle, and a very curious beaver kit that would swim right up to us.

Tags: rainbow trout, river chub

Posted on July 7, 2011 | Permalink

North Branch Potomac River Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Western Region Inland Fisheries crew recently surveyed the North Branch Potomac River Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area from Westernport to Pinto, MD – about an 18-mile stretch of the river. We collected some outstanding brown trout specimens greater than 20 inches, as well as gorgeous rainbow trout up to 15 inches. The best stretch of the river in terms of trout numbers is in the upper section from Westernport to McCoole. There are public access areas for boaters and anglers at the mouth of Georges Creek at Westernport, DNR-owned access at McCoole along Rt. 135, and DNR-owned access along Rt. 220 at the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area near Black Oak.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Posted on June 23, 2011 | Permalink

Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

I fished the Savage River Trophy Trout Area this week – and now is a great time to fish this river. I started off fishing a green-bodied caddis with a black stonefly dropper and landed a couple of gorgeous brown trout, one brook trout, and one rainbow. At dusk, the trout started rising steadily - I tied on a yellow Stimulator and caught another eight rainbow trout before dark. Tan caddis, lime-colored stoneflies, and a few pale-colored mayflies were hatching in the late evening.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Posted on June 20, 2011 | Permalink

Western Maryland Fishing Vacation

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

After a long year of school, my son Kyle and his friend Zach and I took a week to fish Western Maryland. Our first stop was the Youghiogheny River, where we caught several rainbow trout, including a hefty 14-incher that took a black zonker streamer. Then on to Broadford Lake for some bluegill action – and we were not disappointed as we caught a lot of bluegills and pumpkinseeds, and enjoyed a delicious fish fry that evening. We enjoyed a day of brook trout fishing in the Savage River Watershed. We travelled to the Battie Mixon Fishing Hole where the boys caught several hybrid sunfish and largemouth bass, but really enjoyed seeing several species of turtles. We finished up the week on Deep Creek Lake where the guys reeled in some very large bluegills, along with yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and rock bass. Time well spent!

Tags:  bluegills, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass

Posted on June 10, 2011 | Permalink

Yough River Catch & Release Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location: Youghiogheny River

I fished the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area for the first time earlier this week – the river experience high flows for most of the spring. I fished the lower section near Sang Run where I shared a nice spot with a rather large tail-slapping beaver. The trout didn’t seem to mind as I landed one brown and three rainbows, the largest a 16-inch fish that made my reel scream on three runs! I fished the Hoyes Area the next evening, and found plenty of other flyfishers already there, but I experienced a great evening of fishing, landing 16 browns and rainbows, all between 8 and 11 inches. The best action was right at dusk until it was too dark to see my presentation – a good spinner fall of March Browns took place as well as a good hatch of lime sallies. All trout were caught on a #14 green-bodied elk-hair caddis.

Tags: Trout

Posted on June 8, 2011 | Permalink

Potomac River Smallmouth Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

John Mullican invited my family to fish the Potomac River in Washington County this past weekend – and we gladly accepted. John took us to some smallmouth bass hotspots and we had good action using ¼-ounce tubes and stick-baits. Jessica enjoyed reeling in each fish that John hooked. My son Kyle even caught a few redbreast sunfish – a species we don’t see too often in our home waters in Garrett County.

Tags: Smallmouth bass, Redbreast Sunfish

Posted on May 26, 2011 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Now is primetime for catch and release fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Deep Creek Lake – try fishing topwater lures, plastic tubes (fished weightless), or streamers along boulder-strewn shorelines for the best action. Rock bass also known as Red-eyes are also very aggressive this time of year, and you will catch them in the same rocky habitat. I had a blast last evening fly-fishing with this wool-bodied streamer and caught several scrappy Smallmouths in the 10 – 12 inch range and lots of Rock Bass.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass

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