It's nearly stocking time again for trout

OUTDOORS

February 14, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

The Department of Natural Resources has announced that Severn Run will be stocked with 3,000 trout this year.

Severn Run will be closed for stocking March 7-27 and again April 18-24. At each closing 1,500 trout will be stocked. The DNR will stock more than 300,000 trout statewide between now and the end of April.

The Laurel section of the Patuxent River is to receive 2,400 trout, and Columbia's Centennial Lake will be stocked with 2,500 trout.

The Patuxent, in Howard and Montgomery counties from Route 97 upstream to Route 27 and Cabin Branch from its confluence with the Patuxent upstream to Hipsleys Mill Road, is limited to catch-and-return fishing only.

Trout regulations can be a bit confusing, so read the 1993 Maryland Freshwater Sportfishing Guide. Most fishing and sporting goods stores in the area have a trout-stocking schedule posted or available free.

Though catch-and-release fishing is the rage, most trout anglers fishing the many put-and-take waters throughout the state are concerned only about filling their five-trout legal creel limits.

A little later in the spring and into early summer, I'll behave like a civilized trout angler, replete with fly rod, the latest Orvis fashions and enough flies to carry the Bay Bridges to Deep Creek Lake. But until then, hand me an ultra-light spinning rig and a jar of salmon eggs.

Salmon eggs are one of the most successful hatchery or native trout baits. The cheese-flavored egg is standard trout bait for thousands of fishermen intent on putting something on a dinner plate. Other good choices are sugar, garlic and even anise-flavored salmon eggs. These are so good because they combine natural smells with natural action.

I usually put one egg on a small, short-shanked No. 10 or 12 hook. This is especially good for fast water, but you have to be on alert. If you miss the hit, keep using the same drift and eventually you'll win the battle.

Expose the point of the hook a bit. This will help you to set the

hook, which is important when you find yourself using hard eggs. You also might want to thread three eggs on a long-shanked fly-tying hook, too.

Fishing eggs in fast water can be a bit tricky, but they are perfect for still-water fishing, like ponds.

This is because of the milking action of the pierced eggs. Milking is a flow of the insides of the egg into the water. This takes the scent of the egg into the surrounding water and creates a trail for the trout to follow. For best results, be sure to pierce the yolk of the salmon egg, which is the small dark area visible inside the egg.

Record-breaking anglers

Edgewater's Alan Sosslou's 64.7-pound striped bass is officially recognized as the state record-holder. The previous record was Eric Shank's 55-pound rockfish caught in 1978. Sosslou caught the 50-inch record-buster last May 5 aboard Captain Mike Harris' charter boat, the Compensation.

James L. Gwynn III, 12, of Belle Vernon, Pa., also set a record when he caught a 23-pound, 5-ounce northern pike out of the Youghiogheny Reservoir last March 1. Both catches were registered in last year's Maryland Sport Fishing Tournament, which totaled more than 2,000 entries.

Other winners included Pasadena angler Andy Wayson, who pulled a 2-pound white perch from Big Blackwater; the 684-pound, 8-ounce mako shark caught by Bowie's Darren Trafton, and a 90-pound black drum caught by Stevensville angler Paul McWilliams while fishing near Poplar Island last August.

The tournament's biggest flounder was an 8-pound, 4-ounce flatfish caught by Jill Posey in Assawoman Bay, followed by Shirley Greene's 7-pound, 8-ounce prize caught at the bay's Puppy Hole, near Crisfield.

Other big bay catches included Bill Bryan's 22-pound bluefish caught at the Stone Rock, a 55-pound red drum boated off Watts Island by Jim Aswell III and the 11-pound, 8-ounce weakfish caught at Kedges Straits by Westover's Irving Catlin.

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