25,000 trout will be stocked in Mary­land by month’s end

Record Observer - - Sports -

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.

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CHRIS KNAUSS

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