DNRíS 2004 Fall Trout Stocking In Full Swing
ANNAPOLIS, MD ó Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service announced today that its 2004 fall trout-stocking program is in full swing. For this phase, 67 percent of the trout average about a pound, and 33 percent average 9 inches or a little less than half a pound. Most of the loads contained bonus trout. Fishermen should remember that smaller fish are much easier to fool than the larger ones.
The following areas were stocked this week; delayed-harvest areas are indicated.
Town Creek (Delayed Harvest)
Stansbury Park Pond
Calvert Cliffs Pond
Big Elk Creek
Rising Sun Pond
Myrtle Grove Ponds
North Branch at Kitzmiller
Youghiogheny at Friendsville
Casselman River (Delayed Harvest)
North Branch (Delayed Harvest)
Upper Savage River (Delayed Harvest)
Great Seneca Creek
Middle Patuxent (Delayed Harvest)
Blairís Valley Lake
The stocking of large bonus trout is more good news for anglers. DNR was able to obtain an additional 606 brood rainbow trout from the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery in West Virginia, the same source that supplied the trout placed in western Maryland streams and lakes on Sept. 9. These fish average more than three pound each and were stocked in the following locations last Tuesday.
Greenbrier Lake, Antietam Creek, Cunningham Falls Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Deer Creek in Baltimore County got 50 each. Big Elk Creek got 40; Lake Artemisia and Wheatley Lake, 30 each; the main Myrtle Grove Pond, 27; Cosca Lake, 25; Greenbelt Lake, 20; Lake Waterford, 22; and Hutchins Pond, 12.
The Patapsco River was stocked in several places. Marriottsville Road received 31; the Daniels Dam area, 16; the section between Old Frederick Road and I-70, 54; and the Avalon section, 49. Some of this stocking took place late at night because Hurricane Jeanne made transporting them a much slower process than anticipated.