Trout Unlimited is back in the swim of things Patapsco Valley chapter plans for a busy summer

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April 25, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

"Welcome back to Patapsco Valley Trout Unlimited," Dan Meyer said, greeting more than 30 area trout fishing fans at this month's chapter meeting. "After an inactive summer and fall, this TU is back in business and here to stay."

The chapter, which represents Carroll County, was founded in November 1991, but, as Mike Boyle told me, "things got kind of untracked for a time."

The original thrust of the organization's efforts were to be aimed at the East Branch of the Patapsco, but though some valuable work was done, interest lagged when various degrees of opposition developed because of private ownership of lands along the river.

Then, everything sort of went into limbo, one of the members told me.

"Still," Meyer, the Patapsco Valley TU president, reported, "we have just finished the insect collect on the flooded water of the East Branch.

"This year we are going to try and have a broad range of activities and interests, including holding meetings and activities over the summer months."

A general meeting open to the public is planned for May 13 at the Nature Center at Piney Run, where Frank Ryan will give a presentation on Morgan Run at 7 p.m. A Morgan Run stream walk and bank cleanup is set for May 15, and a National Trails Day event is set for June 5.

Tim Feeser, the chapter's secretary/treasurer, is arranging a May 20-22 fishing trip to Pennsylvania's Elk Creek, Fishing Creek and Spring Creek.

Boyle said: "As we have worked to get this chapter rolling again, there has been a change in emphasis. We are trying to do more with the Morgan Run Watershed, and we plan on working with Frank Ryan on some projects to improve the area. Steve Barnhart has been serving, on an informal basis, to get some of these projects started."

The chapter also is working out arrangements to use the Greenway Gardens facilities at Morgan as a semi-permanent meeting place.

This year's Patapsco Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited officers are president Meyer; vice president Bill Smith; secretary/treasurer Tim Feeser; and directors Mile McCreer, Mike Boyle, Dave Zanardelli, Blaise Nealon, Steve Barnhart and Debbie Barnhart.

Trout Unlimited, a national organization, was founded in Michigan in 1959 as a national trout and salmon resource conservation organization. Today, TU has more than 65,000 members in the United States, plus affiliates in Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

The organization and its chapters actively work with government agencies in research and field projects and are noted for physically cleaning up streams and lakes and restoring trout and salmon habitat.

Sportsmen's association news

At the last meeting of the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association, the current Morgan Run pheasant program was discussed and a decision was made to approach the Department of Natural Resources concerning selective planting and predator trapping.

Morgan Run's Frank Ryan reported that a hunting proposal for the area is being worked on; however, plans for a public shooting range have been dropped.

A fund-raising still-target shoot, sponsored by the CCSA, is scheduled for Friday at the Mayberry Game Protective Association, off Mayberry Road, near Taneytown. Sign-up begins 6:30 p.m. and the prizes are shrimp and ham. Call Brad Vosburgh at (410) 876-6595 for details.

Local fishing heating up

Local fishing is improving quickly now that we are seeing milder temperatures.

Crappie fishing has been super at Liberty at the Route 32 and Route 140 bridge areas. Use maggots, wax worms and shad darts with twister tails in deep water. Some nice walleyes are being caught at dawn and sunset at the Route 32 and Route 26 bridges.

At Prettyboy, very good white perch fishing can be found near submerged trees and bushes. Also, fish the Schoolhouse Bridge for excellent crappie action using night crawler-tipped shad darts.

Three- to 10-pound rockfish are being caught at Piney Run on drifted shiners in deep water. Yellow perch and crappie have been hitting, too.

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