John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on October 4, 2012 | Permalink
Cunningham Falls Reservoir Survey
Location: Potomac River
We recently completed an electrofishing survey of the largemouth bass population in Cunningham Falls Reservoir. The 42 acre reservoir is located in Cunningham Falls State Park in northern Frederick County and supports a variety of popular gamefish including largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, black crappie, and channel catfish. Adult rainbow trout are also stocked during the spring and fall as part of the put-and-take program. Past surveys typically found bass to be abundant with many quality fish, including some real trophies; this years survey was no exception. Fifty nine percent of the bass collected measured 12 inches or more in length; 10% measured 15 inches or more in length. The largest bass collected during this years survey was more than 22 inches and weighed 6.5 pounds! Also observed during the survey were many nice redear sunfish, bluegill, and black crappie, a lot of fun on light tackle. Although often overlooked, Cunningham Falls Reservoir supports a great fishery in the scenic Catoctin Mountains. A concrete boat ramp is available, but only electric motors can be used. Give it a try!