25,000 trout will be stocked in Maryland by month’s end
Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has started stocking brown, golden, and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes, and rivers as part of its annual fall trout stocking. Approximately 25,000 trout will be stocked by the end of October.
Fall stocking locations include fishing areas such as Bear Creek, Big Elk Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Deer Creek, Great Seneca Creek, Greenbelt Lake, Gunpowder Falls, Lake Artemesia, Morgan Run, North Branch Potomac, Patapsco River, Town Creek, Wheatley Lake, and Tuckahoe Creek.
Stocking dates, times, and locations are chosen based on weather conditions, water flow, and temperatures.
Most of the stocked trout weigh between one-half and one pound, but plenty of trophy fish, weighing over three pounds, will also be stocked. Some stocked streams have seasonal restrictions, so be sure to consult the 2016 Maryland Fishing Guide for all related fishing regulations and restrictions.
For weekly stocking updates, you can subscribe to an email distribution list, visit the trout stocking page on the DNR’s website, or call the trout hotline at 800688-3467.
*** Fish For a Cure Fish For a Cure is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its fishing tournament by partnering with the Eastport Yacht Club. Last year, Fish For a Cure’s cumulative donations to Anne Arundel Medical Center exceeded $1 million. With nine years of successful fundraising, fishing tournaments, and shore parties, the organization is hoping for a bright future with the yacht club by their side.
F4AC and EYC have signed a new $1 million pledge to raise funds for direct patient support at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.
F4AC donations provide funding for programs such as nurse navigators, nutrition, and social work. The programs provide direct support, hope, and peace of mind to cancer patients and their families during and after treatment.
The Fish For a Cure 2016 fishing tournament and shore party will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5. The tournament will take place in and around the Chesapeake Bay; the weigh-in and party will be held at the yacht club. Find out more at fishforacure.org. Fishing report The remains of Hurricane Matthew hit the Chesapeake Bay and Ocean City area with moderate to heavy rains and
gusty winds, which kept most boat anglers at the dock. Some wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour were reported in the Ocean City area. We were fortunate to avoid the damage and flooding experienced in the Carolinas and Southeastern Virginia.
The rain and colder air temperatures have caused water temperatures in the Chesapeake to drop down to the mid-60s. A few bluefish, red drum, speckled trout, and stray flounder have been reported from the middle and lower portions of the bay, but the Spanish mackerel are gone due to the cooling temps.
Small to medium-sized stripers have been breaking on the surface and feeding
on small baitfish such as anchovies and silversides over a wide area in the upper and middle Chesapeake and in the tidal rivers. Most anglers are jigging, trolling, and fishing topwater baits, with a few folks still live-lining spot. Spot will be hard to obtain with the rapidly falling water temperatures.
Recreational crabbing has been ver y good, but may not last long either, so make sure to get on the water soon to take advantage of the fall harvest.
On the Atlantic Coast, the big ocean run of migratory striped bass has not arrived but is expected soon.
* * * Duck blind know-it-all With a mass of just over 11 pounds, elephant brains have more mass than those of any other land animal.
Follow me on Twitter @csknauss Email me at email@example.com