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Anglers kick off spring season at Piney Run Park

ELDERSBURG — Chris Brown was casting his lines into the lake at Piney Run Park Wednesday morning, April 1; the opening day for fishing and private boats at Carroll County's oldest developed park.

"It's a beautiful morning," Brown said. "I've been eager to fish and I'm on vacation all week. It's all about patience."

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Brown, from Hampstead, has been fishing at Piney Run Park for about 10 years. The park, which opened in 1974, features a 300-acre lake as its centerpiece.

The facility provides a spot for fishing, boating and park sponsored fishing tournaments.

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Piney Run's first two tournaments of the season include an Early Bird Fishing Tournament on Saturday, April 25, and a Catfish Shootout on Saturday, May 16. Both tournaments run from 6 a.m. until noon.

Mark Pryal, of Silver Spring, fishes in park lakes throughout Maryland and said it was his fourth season doing so at Piney Run.

"You can catch big fish here pretty regularly," Pryal said.

Chuck Guerra, of New Market, was fishing at the park for the first time.

"I'm hoping to get a striper," said Guerra. "I've heard some good stories about this place."

The lake is surrounded by 550 acres of fields, forest and open spaces that contain over five miles of hiking trails, as well as tennis courts, playgrounds, a climbing rock and picnic tables.

Claude Hoerner, of Sykesville, and his sheltie Duffy take a walk around the park almost every day. He joined his friend Ernest Wilson, of Sykesville, and they walked with Wilson's three dogs Gucci, Cheri and Oscar around the inlet trail.

"It's a great way to get some exercise," Wilson said.

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Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. until sunset, April 1 through Oct. 31. Private Boats may be launched for a fee of $8 per boat. Season Passes are available for $50 per boat.

For more information, visit or call 410-795-3274.

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