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Posted on June 29, 2010 | Permalink
Deep Creek Lake Mayhem!
Location: Deep Creek Lake
We took our annual trip to Deep Creek the week of June 21. While I`m sure things will change quickly, we found the lake pleasantly un-crowded and the weather fair with the exception of a few thunderstorms. The fishing was unsurpassed. Of course, the pickerel were playing well.
Yellow perch up to 14 inches, those huge bluegill were targeted for the freezer and we loaded up on them. We managed several nice sized walleye in the 18 to 19 inch class, and loads of smallmouth bass, but the highlight of the trip were the several nice Northern Pike that we landed. All but one went back, the one we turned into pike steaks had been compromised with a hook in the gills and was bleeding badly.
That`s been our mantra for a while now. We fished live bait, only keeping legal fish that are hooked in a manner that would seem to prevent their survival upon release, and let the rest go. We manage to catch quite a bit of good eating this way, while still releasing most of the catch.
Pictured are Bert Taylor of Lake Linganore with his Pike and Walleye, Michael Kirby of Derwood, MD with another nice Pike, Matthew Kirby of Derwood with his Walleye, and myself again (Mike Kirby of Derwood) with a dandy yellow perch and smallmouth bass that I took at the same time on two different rods. Talk about mayhem!