Posted on April 22, 2015 | Permalink
Earth Day Celebration Along the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area
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.
Posted on April 10, 2015 | Permalink
Deep Creek Lake Walleye
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.
Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink
Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area Float-Stocking
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.
Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink
Emily's Ice-Fishing Adventure
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.
Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink
Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys
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.
Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink
Youghiogheny Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area
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.
Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink
Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey
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
Posted on June 12, 2014 | Permalink
Junior Hunter and Angler Field Day at Pleasant Valley Lake
Location: Pleasant Valley Lake
The Maryland Department of Natural Resource's Wildlife and Heritage Service along with the Fisheries Service recently hosted a Junior Hunter and Angler Field Day for 32 youngsters at the 4-H Center in Garrett County. The kids participated in archery, skeet, wildlife biology, and fishing in Pleasant Valley Lake. Several of the kids had their first fishing experience, and each one of the young anglers caught several fish including Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds, and Largemouth Bass. This public fishing area is located off of Rt. 495 near Bittinger, MD. Pleasant Valley Lake is a great place to introduce kids to fishing as the lake supports an abundant sunfish population. Pictured are several of the happy anglers with their catch.
Posted on June 6, 2014 | Permalink
Crappie Time at Broadford Lake!
Location: Broadford Lake
I fished Broadford Lake near Oakland recently and had some fantastic fly-fishing for Black Crappies and Bluegills. The crappies were taking bead-head nymphs fished at near-shore brush piles, and the Bluegills were cruising the shallows and were taking Elk-Hair Caddis flies. I took home a nice stringer of fish, the makings of a great fish fry!
Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink
Lake Habeeb at Population Survey
Location: Rocky Gap State Park
The Western Region Inland Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the 243 acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park. The Inland Fisheries Service's efforts to establish a population of Redear Sunfish has been successful, as these large panfish were abundant throughout the lake. Many of the Redears were in the 9 - 10.5 inch size class, and were thick bodied. Redear Sunfish fingerlings were stocked in the lake from 1998 until 2002. The lake also supports a good population of nice-sized Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds. Yellow Perch were common, and perch measuring 12.5 inches were collected. Largemouth Bass were abundant, however the population was dominated by bass in the 9 - 11 inch range, and they tended to be thin. However, we did collect a few trophy Largemouth Bass greater than 20 inches. We will be exploring some fishery management options to improve the Largemouth Bass population. Other fish species of note was a good sized Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout were rising to mayflies everywhere on the lake.
Pictured is Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with 1) Redear Sunfish 2) Bluegill 3) Channel Catfish 4) Largemouth Bass