DNR hearing to review nontidal changes

October 17, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

On Wednesday evening, the Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing in Annapolis to discuss proposed changes for nontidal fishing regulations for 1994.

The most noteworthy proposals would make changes in areas of some streams and rivers that are popular with trout fishermen and establish a 20-inch maximum size limit on walleye in the main stem of the Potomac River from Jan. 1 to April 15.

The DNR proposes to establish a new put-and-take/catch-and-return area for trout on Owens Creek in Frederick County from Raven Rock Road downstream to Roddy Road.

In this area, five trout could be kept per day from March 1 to May 31. The rest of the year, fishing for trout in the area would be catch-and-return and limited to the use of artificial lures.

There also are proposals to establish limited-harvest areas in certain ponds and lakes.

The North Branch of the Potomac, from a red marker below Blue Hole downstream some four miles to Piney Swamp Run, will be made a catch-and-return trout-fishing area limited to the use of -- artificial lures, as will Little Hunting Creek in Frederick County from Route 15 north to the upper boundary of the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park.

Another section of the North Branch of the Potomac, about 6.5 miles of the main stem that lies within Potomac State Forest, would be made a delayed-harvest area for trout fishing.

Proposed additions to the put-and-take trout areas are:

* Main stem of the north branch of the Potomac River from Jennings Randolph Lake upstream about six miles to the lower boundary of Potomac State Forest in Garrett County.

* Youghiogheny River main stem from the bridge at I-68 downstream to the Youghiogheny Reservoir in Garrett County.

* Big Elk Creek in Carroll County from the Route 277 bridge upstream to the Pennsylvania line.

* Shad Landing Pond in Worcester County.

Two put-and-take trout areas will be extended:

* Owens Creek in Frederick County from Route 15 downstream to Roddy Road.

* Middle Creek in Frederick County from the bridge below Spruce Run upstream to the confluence with Spruce Run.

Salt Block Run and Buffalo Run in Garrett County and Little Hunting Creek and Cold Deer Pond in Frederick County will be removed from the put-and-take areas.

The proposed limited-harvest plan would cover more than 13 lakes and ponds. In these areas, fishermen could keep a total of only 10 fish per day, including only one largemouth bass no larger than 15 inches.

Those bodies of water are:

Prince George's County -- Allens Pond, Bowie Town Center Pond, Lake Artemesia, Merkle WMA ponds, Milltown Landing Pond and Greenbelt Lake.

Charles County -- Indian Creek Ponds, Hughesville Pond.

Anne Arundel County -- Eisenhower Golf Course Pond.

Carroll County -- Roberts Field Pond.

Calvert County -- Mount Harmony Pond.

Cecil County -- Rising Sun Pond.

Wicomico County -- Pemberton Pond.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Tawes State Office Building on Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.

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