Savage still fertile spot for trout Surveys encouraging

sight-in days are set

October 19, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The Savage River tailrace in Garrett County has been one of the most scenic trout-fishing areas in the state for several years, and DNR young-of-the-year surveys indicate continuing healthy populations of brook and brown trout.

The recent survey showed excellent reproduction for brook and brown trout, with 1,271 young-of-the-year brookies and 1,295 young-of-the-year browns per mile.

Among adult populations, the majority were brown trout (431 adults per mile and 45.4 pounds per acre), while only 70 adult brook trout per mile (4 pounds per acre) were estimated.

Closer to home, DNR made a single-pass electrofishing spot check on Bear Branch, a tributary of Morgan Run in Carroll County that was stocked with 250 brown trout fingerlings in the spring of 1995.

The survey showed adult brown trout in three of four good pools surveyed, despite limited habitat.

Sight-in days set

Maryland deer hunters will be able to sight-in or practice with their shotguns, muzzleloaders and rifles at 14 shooting ranges participating in DNR's sight-in days this fall. The sites are: Allegany County: Nov. 23, Green Ridge State Forest range, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anne Arundel County: Tomorrow, Nov. 3. 17, 19, North Tract Patuxent Research Refuge, Bowie, 8 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Shotgun or muzzleloader. Dec. 15, North Tract Patuxent Research Refuge, Bowie, 8 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Muzzleloader only. Nov. 2, 9, 16, Glenbrook Rifle Association, Pasadena, 9 a.m. to dusk. Nominal fee.

Baltimore County: Today and next Sunday, Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 fee.

Cecil County: Nov. 15, Elk Neck State Forest, 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

Charles County: Next Sunday and Nov. 16, Myrtle Grove WMA range, LaPlata, 1 to 5 p.m.

Frederick County: Nov. 8, Cresap Rifle Club, Frederick, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 fee.

Garrett County: Nov. 22, Casselman Valley Sportsmen CLub, Grantsville, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kent County: Nov. 1, Alexander Sporting Farms, Golts, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Montgomery County: Saturday and Nov. 2, Rockville Chapter IWLA, Gaithersburg, 1 to 5 p.m.

Queen Anne's County: Nov. 16, Queen Anne's County Sportsmen Club, R.B. Baker and Sons Gravel Pit, Centreville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington County: Next Sunday, Western Maryland Sportsmen's Club, Sharpsburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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