State to release 400,000 rainbow and brown trout

ON THE OUTDOORS

February 28, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Maryland's stocking program will supply some 400,000 rainbow and brown trout for recreational anglers in many areas of the state this spring through a schedule of releases that continues into May.

State hatcheries, which were placed behind schedule by flooding in January and September of last year, were pressed to produce the annual complement of trout.

However, according to DNR, additional hatchery personnel was hired and feeding rates were increased to produce the stocks.

"Anglers should be pleased with the overall size of these fish," said Bob Lunsford, director of the Restoration and Enhancement Division of the state's Fisheries Service. "Although some are 16 weeks younger than normal, they should be up to our usual size and weight by the time they are stocked."

The trout stocking program is funded entirely by the sale of freshwater fishing licenses and trout stamps and federal funds generated by taxes on sales of fishing and boating gear.

Anglers with a freshwater fishing license and a trout stamp can keep up to five trout per day in stocked put-and-take areas.

Special areas, however, may be limited to two trout per day or be catch-and-release only.

Check the stocking schedule for restrictions on certain areas. Schedules are available at DNR regional service centers and sporting goods shops.

When areas are stocked, the fisheries service imposes a closure period to allow the fish to acclimate to their surroundings. The closure schedule is: 0, no closure; 1, March 9-29; 2, March 23-29; 3, April 13-19; 4, April 20-26.

The stocking and closure schedule for nearby trout streams:

Baltimore County -- Little Falls (1-4), March 9, 2,500, April 20, 2,500, May 11, 1,000; Upper Gunpowder Falls (1-4), March 9, 3000, April 20, 2,500, May 11, 1,500; Lower Gunpowder Falls (1-4), March 16, 2,400, April 6, 1,000, April 20, 3,000, May 4, 1,500; Little Gunpowder Falls (1-4), March 9, 750, March 16, 800, April 6, 1,000, April 20, 1,500, May 4, 1,500; Patapsco River, Avalon (1-3), March 16, 2,250, April 13, 2,000, April 27, 1,500; Patapsco River Daniels (0, 2 trout per day), preseason, 750, March 30, 2,000, April 13, 2000, April 27, 1,500; Gwynnbrook Pond (2), March 23, 500, March 30, 500, April 20, 500; Avalon Pond (0, under 16 or over 65), March 16, 250, April 13, 250, April 20, 250; Stansbury Park Road (0, 2 per day), preseason, 750, April 6, 750; Prettyboy Res. (0), preseason, 12,000; Jones Falls (0), March 30, 500, May 4, 500; Gwynns Falls (0), March 30, 900, May 4, 1,000; Dead Run (0), March 30, 500; Herring Run (0), March 30, 300.

Carroll County -- Beaver Run (1-3), March 16, 600, April 13, 600; Westminster Pond (2), preseason, 500, March 23, 500, April 13, 400; Farm Museum Pond (2), preseason, 750, March 23, 750, April 13, 700; Taneytown Pond (0), preseason, 500, March 23, 500, April 13, 300; Piney Run (1-3), March 16, 900, April 13, 1,000, May 4, 750; Upper Patapsco River (1-3), preseason, 750, March 16, 1,000, April 13, 1,500, May 4, 2,250; Piney Reservoir (0), preseason, 3,000; Liberty Reservoir (0), preseason, 15,000.

Howard County -- Patuxent River, Laurel (1-3), March 16, 750, April 13, 750, May 4, 250; Little Patuxent Riv. (0, 2 per day), preseason, 750, March 16, 1,750, April 13, 1,750, May 4, 1,250; Centennial L. (0), preseason, 1,500, April 6, 1,500; Elkhorn L. (0), preseason, 1,500, April 6, 1,500.

Anne Arundel County -- Severn Run (1-4), March, 1,250, April 20, 1,500; Lake Waterford (2), preseason, 1,250, March 23, 750, April 13, 750, April 20, 500.

Harford County -- Deer Creek (1-3), March 9, 3,000, March 23, 1,500, April 6, 2,250, April 13, 2,750, May 4, 1,500; Forest Hill Pond (2), March 23, 500, April 6, 250, April 13, 250.

Fly-fishing class

If you are interested in fly-fishing for trout and other species, the Free State Fly Fishers club can help you get started at a basic fly-fishing course it is offering Sundayin Anne Arundel County.

The four-hour course will be held at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center. The cost of the course is $10 for non-members between the ages of 17 and 64. The class is free for members and those ages 16 and under and 65 and older. The class begins at noon.

Subjects to be taught are equipment, flies, how to fish a stream and casting. Casting instructors include area guides Joe Bruce, Joe Evans and Sarah Gardner.

For more information, call Martin Stone at (410) 956-3324 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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