As hatchery trucks prepare to roll across the state, Carroll County's new Trout Unlimited Chapter is hatching some ambitious ideas of itsown.
Native trout -- brooks, browns and rainbows -- are spawning increasingly in natural fashion, and they're boosted in their effortsby organized angling buffs such as members of TU and individual fishermen volunteering time for restoration and improvement projects. TheDepartment of Natural Resources and other state groups also are helping.
Despite suburban and country development, and probably more troutchasers than ever, Maryland's trout fishing picture is brighter thanever, and the new Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is helping.
For many years, put-and-take trout fishing meant DNR put in the trout, and fishermen took them out.
As interest in trout fishing and trout environment increases, put-and-take also means volunteersputting in some work -- and taking some trout. Just ask any of the 29 members of the Patapsco Valley Chapter that was formed late last year and already has mapped out some enterprising projects.
The local chapter soon will start insect collecting on the East Branch of thePatapsco to assess natural foods available for trout; in April, a stream walk is planned to check trout habitat. Sometime in June, the group will make an electro-shocking young-of-the-year survey of fish big enough to measure -- and compare the population with that of last year.
Chapter president Brian Kaltrider said a big fund-raiser is being planned, part of the proceeds earmarked for the creation of a small hatchery that would service the Patapsco, Morgan Run and Piney Run and possibly other waters.
Tom Welch is vice president, Tom Feeser is secretary-treasurer, and on the board of directors are Mike Boyle, Bill Crim, Ed Dietrich Sr., Mike McCrer, Dan Meyer, Bill Smith and Dave Zanardelli. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Iroquois Building of the Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center on John Owings Road. Information: 848-5005.
Meanwhile, the Department of Natural Resources is preparing to stock nearly 300,000 trout across the state, including 14,450 in Carroll. Once again, this year's fish will be big for trout, averaging three to the pound and mostwill be about 9 to 11 inches.
Included will be some larger ones -- fish in their second year -- held over for brood stock management in hatcheries. Most of the stocked fish involve rainbows.
Some waters are closed immediately after release; for details on when the waters are reopened, refer to Pages 25-34 in the 1992 Maryland FreshwaterSportfishing Guide.
The schedule: Beaver Run, 900 fish each the weeks of March 15 and April 12; Westminster Community Pond, 250 fish the week of Feb. 16, 500 each the weeks of March 22 and April 12; Piney Run, 1,600 the week of March 15, 900 the week of April 12, 1,000 the week of April 26; Farm Museum Pond, 250 the week of Feb. 16, 500 the week of March 22, and 500 more the week of April 12; Morgan Run, 1,000 the week of Feb. 16, 1,200 the week of March 29; Piney Run Reservoir, 1,000 the week of Feb. 16, 1,000 the week of March 29; Patapsco River at Route 32, 900 the week of March 15, 1,000 the week of April 12, and 500 the week of April 26.
Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23: Maryland Recreational Vehicle RV Show at Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Baltimore County. Information: (410) 561-1140.
Feb. 14-16: Annual Maryland Hunting and Fishing Show at Pikesville Armory starting 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 10 p.m. Feb. 15-16, featuring the latest in fishing and hunting gear, outdoor seminars and continuous movies. Information: (410) 841-6974.
Feb. 15-16: Camrod Hunting Club Gun and Knife Show at the Agriculture Center in Westminster from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy or sell guns, ammo, swords, gun books, etc.; admission $4 for adults and children under 12 free when accompaniedby adults. Information: Preston Jones, 391-8883.
Feb. 16: Rebel BassMasters fishing flea market at Winfield Volunteer Fire Hall on Liberty Road, two miles east of Route 27 at 3 p.m.. Information: 374-4504.