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Latest Update: March 18, 2009

Next Update: March 25, 2009


Rainbow TroutThis Friday heralds in the first day of spring and of course the spring equinox; a time to say goodbye to old man winter, perhaps burn some old socks as is tradition and more importantly get out and enjoy some of the wonderful trout fishing opportunities in stocked trout waters all over the state. Put and take stocked trout and kids just seem to naturally go together. The fishing sites are usually close to home, a simple spinning outfit is suffice and bait couldnít be easier to come by thanks to artificial baits such as Powerbaits. Stocked trout love this marshmallow looking treat and kids seem to be amused by its color and consistency. Dan Neuland gathered up his son and some of his sonís friends for an outing of trout fishing at Beaver Creek lately and judging by the smiles on their faces; Iíd say it is safe to say they had a great time. Michaela Neuland, Spencer Becker, Brady Peterson and Nathaniel Neuland proudly hold up their days catch for the camera.Walleye

Fishermen have been testing out their trolling gear in the bay when weather conditions are favorable and have been catching and releasing large striped bass headed to the spawning grounds. Most fish are reported to be coming off the planer boards on chartreuse parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads.

Smallmouth BassFreshwater fishermen in the western region of the state are enjoying good fishing for yellow perch in Deep Creek Lake and trout fishing should be good this week due to scheduled stockings within the region. The upper Potomac River is experiencing relatively low flow conditions this week but fishing for smallmouth and walleye remains good. This fine looking walleye was caught and released during survey work this week on the upper Potomac.

here are a number of freshwater fishing opportunities this week in all regions of the state. Put and take trout stockings continue this week offering good local trout fishing for fishermen. The lakes, tidal rivers and reservoirs of the state are warming up and fishing for chain pickerel, catfish, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is on the upswing this week. Craig Walrath caught and released this beautiful smallmouth bass recently in Rocky Gorge Reservoir.

Quote of the Week:

One swallow does not make the summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.

Aldo Leopold

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please try to keep the file size small, under one megabyte. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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