Posted on August 27, 2013 | Permalink
Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area
Location: Savage River
The Inland Fisheries Service recently surveyed the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. We electrofished one station within the Fly-Only section and one station in the Artificial Lures and Fly section, and both areas contained an impressive trout population. The estimated density within the Fly-Only section was 1,434 adult trout per mile and 766 young of year trout per mile. The Artificial Lure/Fly section has a density of 1,302 adult trout and 326 young of year trout per mile. Brown Trout are the dominate species, comprising about 84% of the population, followed by 13% Brook Trout, and 2% Rainbow Trout. One Cutthroat Trout was collected in each station, and these fish were stocked in the North Branch Potomac River as fingerlings a couple of years ago. Due to recent heavy rains, the Savage River Tailwater will be flowing higher than normal for this time of year until ample water storage in the Savage Reservoir is available.
Pictured are: 1. Kyle Klotz with Brook Trout 2. Ryan Cooper with Brown Trout 3. Cutthroat Trout 4. Drew Miller with Rainbow Trout
Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink
Bluegill fishing at Pleasant Valley Lake
Location: Pleasant Valley Lake
Dry fly fishing for Bluegills in Pleasant Valley Lake at the 4-H Center in Bittinger, MD has been fantastic during the last couple of weeks. My niece Stephanie was visiting from out of state to help out with our Brook Trout studies and asked "What is fly-fishing?" She was soon to find out that evening at the lake, after some brief instructions - she made a nice cast and caught a decent Bluegill on her very first try! She and cousin Kyle caught several nice Bluegills on elk-hair caddis, and these fish put up quite a fight when hooked on the fly-rod.
Pictured is 1) Stephanie with her first Bluegill 2) Kyle with one of his Bluegills 3) and a typical Pleasant Valley Lake Bluegill.
Posted on June 19, 2013 | Permalink
Fishing Report From The North Branch
Location: North Branch Potomac River
Here are a few pictures of fish waiting to be caught in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area and the overlapping Black Bass Catch and Return Fishing Area from the McCoole Fisheries Management Area downstream five miles to the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area at Black Oak, and then downstream another 9 miles to the Pinto Area. Both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout were found in these sections of the river, however at lower abundance levels compared to upstream areas (Westernport to McCoole). Trout were found in the faster runs and the very deep pools. A lot of scrappy Smallmouth Bass averaging about 6 to 10 inches were collected, however we did not collect a lot of quality-sized bass. The abundance of the smaller bass should bode well for the future. We observed good numbers of Fallfish - a large minnow species, so anglers can expect to catch a bunch of these fish that fight just like a trout. There are public access sites at the McCoole Fisheries Management Area and downstream at the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area. The Pinto area currently has no public access, so permission from private property owners needs to be secured before accessing the river at this location. Also, there are some boulder-strewn runs - especially between McCoole and Black Oak, so canoeist should use caution in this section of the river.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Smallmouth Bass 2) Brown Trout 3) Rainbow Trout 4) Fallfish
Posted on June 18, 2013 | Permalink
Fish Survey Results
Location: North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area
The Western Region Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area from Westernport downstream to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. The river is chocked-full of Rainbow Trout, from fingerling size to about 15 inches (and we did see a couple in the 20 inch range that we were unable to net). The Brown Trout population is dominated by large fish, as most of the Brown Trout we collected were in the 16 to 19 inch size class. Smallmouth Bass were also common, and the larger size Smallmouth Bass were found within this section of the river. The river is big water, with a very slippery boulder substrate. The best way to fish here is to float from the Westernport access at the mouth of Georges Creek downstream four miles to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. This stretch is not for novices as there are a few drops and boulder-strewn rapids. There are local float-fishing guide services that I would recommend for the first-time angler.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Brown Trout 2) Brown Trout 3) Brown Trout 4) Smallmouth Bass 5) Rainbow Trout
Posted on June 17, 2013 | Permalink
Deep Creek Lake Survey
Location: Deep Creek Lake
The Western Region Fisheries staff recently completed a comprehensive fish community survey in Deep Creek Lake, surveying 20 stations throughout all habitat areas of the lake. The sample was quite impressive in terms of both numbers of fish and the quality size of the gamefish and panfish. The yellow perch population is truly extraordinary, in just about each station we collected specimens in the 12 to 14 inch size range. Large bluegills and pumpkinseeds were also common and were still in the pre-spawn condition. It was encouraging to see better numbers and sizes of largemouth bass this year, many fish greater than 15 inches with a 22 inch 6 lb trophy collected in the northern end of the lake. While fish were present in all shoreline habitats, the shallow ends of coves with aquatic vegetation held the most number and diversity of fish - so anglers should target those areas for a great fishing experience.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Marcus Wilson with 1) Pumpkinseed 2) Largemouth Bass 3) Yellow Perch 4) Brown Bullhead 5)Smallmouth Bass
Posted on June 14, 2013 | Permalink
Savage River Reservoir Sampling
Location: Savage River
The Western Region Fisheries staff have been very busy sampling lakes and rivers in Western Maryland - so we would like to share some updates on the fish populations on those areas. The Savage River Reservoir was completely drained in 2009 and re-filled by March 2010 to make necessary gate repairs within the dam, and since that time MD DNR has completed an aggressive re-stocking initiative. Our recent survey shows that the fish species community is now very similar to what it was prior to the reservoir draining. While we didn't "crunch the numbers" yet - it looks like the fishery is well on its way to full recovery. Yellow Perch are very abundant, with a lot of fish in the 7 to 10 inch range, plenty of Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds, and a surprising number of quality sized Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Rainbow Trout from put and take adult stockings are doing very well, as we observed many trout surfacing to eat insects during our survey.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Marcus Wilson with 1) Yellow Perch 2) Black Crappie 3) Largemouth Bass 4) Bluegill 5) Rock Bass
Posted on April 19, 2013 | Permalink
Deep Creek Lake Walleye and Yellow Perch
Location: Deep Creek Lake
The Annual Deep Creek Lake Walleye Survey was recently conducted by the Western Region Fisheries staff, and the lake continues to support a very abundant Walleye population. We obtained a catch per unit effort (or number of Walleye per hour of electrofishing) of 185 Walleye per hour. Most of the Walleye were males in the 16 to 18 inch size class. The Walleye season opened on April 16th, with a 15 inch minimum size, and a 5-fish daily creel limit. Anglers should target shallow rocky areas after dark using Rapalas or live minnows for best results. We also collected a lot of jumbo perch in the shallow shoreline areas, and using worms fished under a slip-bobber should work well. Yellow Perch regulations in Deep Creek Lake include a 10-fish daily creel limit, no size restriction, and a year-round open season.
Pictures include my daughter Jessica with a jumbo Yellow perch, my son Kyle with a nice Walleye, and the electrofishing boat live-well full of temporarily stunned fish ready for weighing and measuring before being released back into the lake.
Posted on March 28, 2013 | Permalink
Winter Trout Stocking
Location: Garrett County
Despite the prolonged winter conditions in Garrett County, Fisheries staff members are still out there getting the streams stocked for the March 30 opener. However, some of the more remote stocking locations are not accessible, so stocking will be postponed until conditions improve. Ryan Cooper, a student volunteer from Garrett College, assisted us today with stocking a Garrett County stream – and he is showing a couple of the big lunker trout produced at the Bear Creek Trout Rearing Station. These fish will provide some lucky anglers a fish of a lifetime!
Posted on February 26, 2013 | Permalink
Dry Fly Fishing Opportunities
Location: Youghiogheny River
While we are still in the midst of a cold winter in Garrett County, there are still some dry fly fishing opportunities for anglers willing to face the elements. There has been an awesome winter stonefly hatch on the Youghiogheny River for the last week. Even though temperatures were in the '20s and the snow was flying sideways, these insects were hatching off in good numbers, and a few trout keyed into them. Last weekend, I fished the hatch near the Hoyes area and hooked a nice rainbow that got off, then proceeded to try to set the hook way too early on even a bigger brown trout. I returned to the Sang Run area on Saturday and landed the nice brown trout in the pictures. The pictures also show the newly emerged stoneflies as well as a lot of case-building caddisflies along the river's edge.
Posted on November 28, 2012 | Permalink
Trout Fishing in the North Branch Potomac River
Location: North Branch Potomac River
Danny Teets of Sang Run Outfitters Fishing Guide Service sent me a couple of pictures and story from a recent float fishing trip with his wife Ellen on the North Branch Potomac River. Ellen caught and released an amazing rainbow trout using a stonefly pattern, while Danny landed a colorful cutthroat trout that was stocked in the river as a fingerling. This cutthroat plus another one that measured in at 10 inches were rising to midges on what looked like a very chilly day. Ellen pointed out that her trout was much larger than her husband's trout.