Josh White, Recreational Angler
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Posted on July 18, 2012 | Permalink
Cutthroat Trout in the North Branch of the Potomac
Location: North Branch of Potomac River
I was fly fishing the North Branch of the Potomac this morning in some heavy knee deep riffles, and I hooked up with what I initially believed was a small rainbow. I quickly got the fish to net and noticed the tell tale cutthroat marks under its mouth. I was extremely excited to finally catch my first cutthroat, but I was kinda baffled by its size. It was only 7 inches long. I was under the impression that the cutthroat program was discontinued in Maryland around 2007. I knew there were still a few in there, but I assumed they would be much bigger. The fish was absolutely beautiful and the fins were perfect. What are your thoughts on its origin? I spoke to a fish smart friend that suggested that it may be a cutbow offspring from a stocked rainbow and one of the holdover cutthroats from the old program.
DNR Response:Those are indeed cutthroat trout. DNR stocked them during both spring and fall of 2011 in the North Branch of the Potomac.