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Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Annual Trout Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Inland Fisheries Service staff from across the state recently conducted the annual trout population survey in the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. One station in each of the management areas - the Fly Fishing and the Artificial Lure/ Fly Fishing Area - were sampled to monitor the wild trout fishery. Brown trout were the most abundant species, with a high percentage of the population in the 12 to 15 inch size range. Brook trout were present in both sample stations, with brook trout up to 12 inches collected. Brook trout reproduction was considered to be "good" while brown trout reproduction was considered "fair" in 2015 based on the number of young of year fish collected in the surveys. A few rainbow trout were collected in the lower section of the river. River flow levels are perfect, and anglers should try using small elk-hair caddis (#18) or terrestrial patterns such as ants to fool these beautiful wild trout!

Pictured are:

  • Inland Fisheries Service Director Tony Prochaska with a trophy brook trout.
  • Volunteer Jessica Klotz with even bigger trophy brook trout.
  • Jessica Klotz with a wild brown trout.
  • A young of year brook trout?.

Tags: brook trout, brown trout

Posted on May 21, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake's Diverse Fishing Opportunities

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Inland Fisheries staff recently conducted the annual Deep Creek Lake fish population survey within 20 stations representing all habitat types. The lake continues to support a diverse fishery: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike, and rainbow trout were the more popular sportfish collected – with some exceptional specimens! Now is definitely the time to fish Deep Creek Lake!

Pictured is Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with yellow perch and black crappie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye.

Tags:  largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike, and rainbow trout

Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Broadford Lake Panfishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Broadford Lake

The bluegill and black crappie bite is on at Broadford Lake in Garrett County! I used a 9 foot, 4 weight fly rod with an elk-hair caddis as an indicator fly and a bead-head caddis larva as the dropper - and had great fishing. The crappies are in very shallow water under overhanging bank vegetation, and you had to “swim” the dropper fly to get a strike. Although my biggest crappie – a 12 incher – did take the dry fly. The bluegills are found in a bit deeper water, about 6 foot depths, and took both the dropper and the dry. Kept enough for a long-overdue fish fry and released the rest. Broadford Lake is a great place to take kids fishing, and is managed by the town of Oakland.

Tags: bluegill, black crappie

Posted on April 22, 2015 | Permalink

Earth Day Celebration Along the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Many thanks goes out to the Youghiogheny River Watershed Associated for hosting a trash clean-up along the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area in observance of Earth Day. Several volunteer organizations joined the effort including members from the Snowy Creek 4-H Club, Northern Garrett High School’s Envirothon Club, Garrett College’s Wildlife Club, Frostburg State University’s Geography Club, Youghiogheny Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Maryland DNR Fisheries Service, and local citizens.

Earth Day, April 22, was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended to Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on “green” awareness. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. The volunteers separated the aluminum cans for recycling, with the proceeds donated to the Timothy Umbel Memorial Scholarship at Northern Garrett High School. Tim attended Northern Garrett High School, and he was known for his love of the outdoors.

Tags: Earth Day Celebration

Posted on April 10, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

MD DNR Inland Fisheries biologists recently conducted the annual Deep Creek Lake Walleye Population survey. Walleye continue to be an abundant gamefish in Deep Creek Lake, as we collected 175 walleye per hour of electrofishing. Most of the walleye are in the 15 to 18 inch size class, and we did collect a few fish greater than 20 inches. The walleye season opens on April 16th in Deep Creek Lake and in the Youghiogheny River near Friendsville. The daily creel and possession limit is five fish, with a 15 inch minimum size limit. Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County is another good walleye fishery, and the season is open year-round, also with a five fish creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. Pictured is MD DNR Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with a 25.5 inch, 6.5 lb walleye from Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Walleye

Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink

Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area Float-Stocking

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Town Creek

The Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas were float stocked with a total of 3,000 rainbow trout on March 16th. Bear Creek Hatchery and Inland Fisheries DNR staff were assisted by members of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited to float-stock the entire upper Delayed Harvest area, this section of the stream has some spectacular "cliff pools" that are great places to trout fish. We also float-stocked most the the lower area near the Bull Ring Ranch, an area characterized by fast runs and some large flat pools. Winter stoneflies were hatching and dark stonefly patterns in size 18 - 14 should work well. With winter now behind us - it is trout fishing time!

Pic 1 - TU and DNR staff loading up the float-stocking barge with rainbow trout.

Pic 2 - DNR staff floating the fish down Town Creek to be released in remote areas of the stream.

Tags: rainbow trout

Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink

Emily's Ice-Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Four-year-old Emily Stonesifer and her dad Nick joined us on the ice of Deep Creek Lake with the hopes of both father and daughter catching their first fish through the ice. It didn't take long - the bobber on Emily's fishing pole plopped down the hole and a fish was rapidly taking out line! Emily grabbed the pole and started reeling in the fish and became quite excited as she could see the fish swimming under the ice! Soon a toothy chain pickerel was on top of the ice! After seeing the sharp teeth, she was a little hesitant about holding the fish for a picture, so dad took the honors. She did gently put fish fish back down the hole so it could fight another day.

Tags: Chain Pickerel

Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.

Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout

Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Youghiogheny Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

The Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area was recently surveyed with the help of the Garrett College's Fisheries Management Class. The upper station near Hoyes contained the highest density of trout, and some very nice trophy sized brown trout and rainbow trout. Even one brook trout was collected at this station. The lower Sang Run station had fewer trout, however we did collect some nice size rainbow trout and brown trout between twelve and fifteen inches.

Pictured is a 24.5 inch trout brown trout and a 16 inch rainbow trout from the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink

Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Savage River downstream of the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the wild trout population. The river is managed as a Trophy Trout Fishing Area with two separate management areas. The area from the dam downstream to the Allegany Bridge is a Fly Fishing Only Area and supported an amazing density of adult trout estimated at 1,179 trout per mile! The Single-hook Artificial Lures and Flies Area from the Allegany Bridge downstream 2.7 miles to the mouth of the river also had a very similar density of 1,170 adult trout per mile. Brown Trout comprise 82% of the population, followed by 12% Brook Trout, and 6% Rainbow Trout. Even a 14 inch Cutthroat Trout was collected during the survey. Many thanks to the MD DNR Fisheries Service staff, Wildlife Service staff, and Garrett College Natural Resource Program students that assisted in the surveys.

Pictured are 1) Jessica Klotz with a Brown Trout 2) Kelsey Hottel with a 12 inch Brook Trout, 3) Charlee Cramer with a Brown Trout 4) Zach Beal with a Rainbow Trout 5) Cinthia Myers with the Cutthroat Trout

Tags: Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout

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