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October 1, 2003

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service is in the process of formulating a brook trout Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). One of the questions we need to answer prior to developing the FMP is, "How much do recreational anglers value brook trout resources in our cold-water fisheries?" As a result, a survey has been developed and we would appreciate your assistance by completing the survey. Click here to view the survey.

Casselman River: As of September 29, 2003 the Long Term Median Flow (LTMF) in Grantsville, Maryland was 15.5 cfs with a flow of 285 cfs and staging at 1.98 feet. This river fishes best when the USGS gauge for the Casselman reads 150 cfs or less.

Click for the latest real time stream flows on the Casselman.

Deep Creek Lake (Garrett County): Yellow perch were biting well from the state park docks. Nightcrawlers fished at 10 feet were the ticket for constant action. Some bluegills have also been caught in that area as well as North Glade Cove using nightcrawlers or mealworms. Bass fishing has been fair but is expected to pick up again when the fish start preparing for winter. Target points, grassy areas, and structure with surface lures, spinnerbaits, and tubes. Chain pickerel have been biting well in grassy coves located in the upper part of the lake. Spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and tubes have been effective lures. Nightcrawlers, mealworms, minnows, Rapalas, and spinners continued to hook trout near the Dam in 10 to 20 feet of water. Make sure to let the artificials sink before the retrieve.

Information on whitewater boating releases is available on the Deep Creek Hydro Hotline at (814) 533-8911 or online at URL: http://www.deepcreekhydro.com/

Photo of angler holding a brown trout.Gunpowder River: A local fly shop reported that fishing has been great in both the catch and release area as well as the stocked sections. Anglers fishing the stocked area have been catching trout that held over from the spring. Trout have been rising in the catch and release area and have been taking a #16 peacock body caddis. Anglers have reported catching plenty of 12 to 14 inch trout. Shawn Johnson is pictured holding a brown trout that measured 20 inches. He released that fish after his mom snapped a quick photo. Nathan, his twin brother, is pictured in the background.

Click for the latest real time stream flow for Gunpowder Falls near Parkton.

Click for the latest real time stream flow for Gunpowder Falls At Glencoe.

Liberty Reservoir (Baltimore County): Fishing started to improve Sunday, September 28th. Crappies hit small fathead minnows and mini mites fished off Nicodemus Bridge. A few bluegills and walleye were also caught from the Bridge. Twelve to 16 inch striped bass were caught near Oakland Point by anglers using chicken liver. A few trout were caught at the mouth of Keysers Run and Cooks Run by anglers fishing for other species.

Little Seneca Lake: Angler, Chris Peloquin, provided the following report: Water temperature was 75 degrees with water clarity to 8'. With the wind blowing, I found it difficult to use my finesse approach in many areas of the lake, so I spent most of the time throwing a short-arm spinnerbait and working it like a jig. This accounted for most of my fish, the largest of which was just over 2 lbs. I did manage to get a few on the wacky-worm and jig as well. I fished the same areas that I had been fishing (main lake points and grass flats), but I fished shallower (10'-20').

Loch Raven Reservoir (Baltimore County): Mr. Forbes at the Fishing Center reported that fishing has been holding steady for the past few weeks. Bass fishing has been very productive using a variety of artificial lures. Trolling a ounce or 3/8 ounce spinner hook dressed with a nightcrawler continued to be the best method for connecting with white perch. Bluegills up to 8 inches in length and yellow perch measuring up to 13 inches have been caught from boats. Nightcrawlers and mealworms are good baits for those fish.

The Maryland Geological Survey has a bathymetry map on their website.

Click for the latest real time stream flows on the North Branch of the Potomac at Barnum.

Potomac River Water Level Guage. Click for a larger view.
Potomac River Creel Information. Click for a larger view.

Photo of angler with a bass.Nontidal Potomac River: The Williamsport Water Treatment Plant reported the River is staging at 7 feet and holding, is cloudy, and water temperature is 68F. Fishing should improve when the water level drops and clarity improves.

North Branch of the Potomac River: The Barnum gauging station indicated that the LTMF was 113 cfs with a flow of 742 cfs and staging at 4.04 feet as of September 29, 2003. The current flow rate is not ideal for fishing. This river fishes best at 300 cfs or less on the USGS gauge at Barnum, WV. September fly options include combining a stimulator with a beadhead nymph dropper, blue winged olives (#20-24), and small caddis (#18-20).

Piney Run Park (Carroll County, PRP): Park Manager, Loren Lustig, reported that most visitors have been participating in the Apple Festival. The annual Fall Fishing Tournament will be held on October 11th. Call 410-795-5165 to register or for additional information.

Prettyboy Reservoir (Baltimore County): The surface water temperature dropped from 72F down to 68.8F. Bass fishing has been slow. Some bass have been caught from 35 to 45 feet of water from points. Spider jigs, pig and jigs, and plastics were productive bass options. Anglers trolling nightcrawlers on spinners in 25 feet of water were catching white perch.

The Maryland Geological Survey has a bathymetry map on their website.

Savage River: As of September 29, 2003 the LTMF below Bloomington was 73.5 cfs with a flow of 902 cfs and staging at 3.10 feet. The current flow rate is not ideal for fishing. The tailwater area fishes best when the flow rate reads 100 cfs or less on the Bloomington USGS gauge. Blue winged olives, caddis, and terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and hoppers are good fly options try when river conditions improve.

Click for the latest real time stream flows on the Savage River near Bloomington, MD.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoir: Hector Padilla at WSSC reported that the reservoirs are in good shape and clear but few people have been fishing. Try pig and jigs or plastic worms for bass.

Youghiogheny River: As of September 29, 2003 the LTMF near Oakland was 43.5 cfs with a flow of 699 cfs and staging at 3.46 feet. This river fishes best at 200 cfs or less on the Oakland USGS gauge and 300 cfs at the Hoyes catch and release area. Fly options for this time of year include dun and cream variants, small blue winged olives, and caddis combined with a beadhead nymph dropper.

Click for the latest real time stream flows on the Youghiogheny near Oakland, MD.