John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on June 2, 2014 | Permalink
From the Potomac to the C&O Canal and backů
Location: Potomac River and C&O Canal
As the recent Potomac River flood waters receded, fish that sought refuge from the strong flows and found their way into the canal became trapped as the water in the canal drained. Fisheries staff monitored the canal as it drained to locate areas that held fish. Two areas were identified and with the help of volunteers, the fish were captured from the debris-filled canal with electrofishing equipment, loaded into plastic tubs, hauled up the slippery banks and loaded on to a tank truck. The fish were then hauled to the nearest boat ramp and released back into the Potomac. In all, more than 100 Carp, over 125 Channel Catfish, and a handful of Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Rock bass, and one Muskie were saved. Many thanks to Ed Lewandoski, Rocky Droneburg, and Gene Putman, members of Mid Atlantic Muskie, for their assistance and hard work.