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Posted on October 2, 2012 | Permalink

Diversity of Wildlife at Rocky Gorge

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge Reservoir

I caught 6 small to medium sized bass this weekend at Rocky Gorge Reservoir. I fished early in the morning using a senko worm. Pulled three out in quick succession in some underwater structure.

I'm always surprised by the diversity of the wildlife out there. This week I saw a bald eagle and a large flock of small birds (swallows) swooping down low to drink or catch insects on top of the water. They were loud but it was still pretty cool to see.

Also I see a lot of clams. They are pretty large (much larger than any salt water clams/mussels I've seen) and numerous. I don't plan on harvesting them, but are these edible?

DNR Response: Hello Mark, after looking at the photo it appears you've come across some freshwater mussels, freshwater mussels are native to many of Maryland's freshwater streams but are becoming endangered due to various reasons. To learn more on freshwater mussels go to Maryland's Biological Stream Survey. You can also type 'freshwater mussels' in the search box on any DNR web page for further information. Additionally, there is no harvest of freshwater clams or mussels allowed in Maryland, anyone caught with freshwater clams or mussels in their possession would be written a citation.

Tags: largemouth bass, freshwater mussels, bald eagle