Trout anglers have reason to smile State stocking programs add 563,000 fish to waters



October 26, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Maryland's fall trout-stocking program has reached record levels this year with the distribution of nearly 70,000 fish in selected areas in the state.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the fall and spring stocking programs have resulted in a record 563,000 trout placed in state rivers, lakes, ponds and streams.

"Maryland provides some of the finest trout fishing on the East Coast," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

"Stocking this record number of fish will ensure that anglers will enjoy some fine fishing this fall."

About 50,000 of the stocked trout are 8 to 9 inches long and about 20,000 are between 12 and 15 inches.

The programs are funded entirely by the sale of freshwater fishing licenses and trout stamps and federal Sportfish Restoration Program funds generated by taxes paid on sales of fishing and boating gear.

Rockfish season extended

DNR has extended the fall rockfish season for recreational and charter-boat anglers through 9 p.m., Nov. 30. The season in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay waters and tidal tributaries was to have closed Nov. 23.

According to DNR, the extension is possible because the fall season quota of 2,776,000 pounds has not been reached.

License and permit requirements, hours and size and creel limits will remain the same during the extension.

Fall turkey season

The fall hunting season for wild turkey will open Nov. 3 and run through Nov. 8 in Allegany and Garrett counties and western Washington County. A possible extension of the season has been ruled out by DNR.

"DNR considered extending the length of the fall hunting season in 1997, but reproductive success was lower than necessary to support an extended fall season," Griffin said.

Reproductive ratios, such as the number of poults per hen, are up slightly over last year, when recruitment was very low. But the ratios were not high enough to justify an extension.

"Although field staff recorded a similar number of turkey broods in 1997 as they did in 1996," Griffin said, "the total number of turkeys observed indicates that the population in Western Maryland is down slightly from last year."

Mast crops are reported to be poor to spotty across Western Maryland, and hunters will need to locate mast-producing trees such as oak, beech and cherry to have a good chance of bagging a bird.

Still, wildlife managers anticipate the five-day season will produce numbers similar to the record 349 male and female birds taken in 1996.

Youth match racing

Annapolis teams finished third and seventh in the Young America Junior Match Racing Championship sailed earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Fla. A team from Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit won the competition.

The two Maryland crews -- No. 3 Matt Schubert, Alex Shore-Kaminski, Chris Richardson and Shannon McKay, and No. 7 Ryan Law, Brenden Kelly, Adam Owings and Sarah Holt -- represented the Annapolis Yacht Club.

Ramp closure

The boat ramp on the Maryland shore of Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County will close for the season at dusk on Nov. 3. The ramp is scheduled to reopen in April.

Fall stocking list

DNR has stocked the following streams and impoundments across the state with trout for the fall put-and-take season.

Garrett and Allegany counties: Rocky Gap Lake, 3,000; Piney Reservoir, 2,000; Youghiogheny River, 2,000; Casselman River, 1,000; North Branch Potomac (delayed harvest area), 1,000; North Branch Kitzmiller, 2,000; North Branch Barnum, 2,000.

Washington County: Beaver Creek, 2,000; Licking Creek, 1,000; Greenbrier Lake, 2,500; Antietam Creek, 2,500; Big Pool, 2,500.

Frederick County: Cunningham Falls Lake, 2,500; Carroll Creek, 500; Rainbow Lake, 1,300; Whittier Lake, 500; Woodsboro Pond, 500. Carroll County -- Farm Museum Pond, 1,000; Westminster Pond, 750; Taneytown Pond, 500; Bennett Cerf Pond, 500; Patapsco River, upper, 2,000; Piney Reservoir, 2,000; Morgan Run, 500.

Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties: Gunpowder Falls, upper, 2,600; Patapsco River, Avalon, 3,000; Patapsco River, Daniels, 4,000; Lake Waterford, 1,000; Stansbury Park Pond, 1,000.

Howard, Montgomery, Calvert and Prince George's counties: Great Seneca Creek, 1,500; Patuxent River special area, 500; Centennial Lake, 2,000; Lake Needwood, 2,000; Cosca lake, 1,000; Greenbelt lake, 1,500; Patuxent River, Savage, 1,500; Myrtle Grove, 500; Cedarville Pond, 400; Lake Artemesia, 1,500; Hutchins Pond, 400; Laurel Lakes, 500; Allans Pond, 1,500; Hughesville Pond, 500; Calvert Cliff Pond, 400.

Harford County: Deer Creek, 3,000.

Cecil County: Big Elk River, 2,000; Howard Pond, 1,000.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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