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2 county anglers reel in awards for sportfishing


Two Carroll County anglers claimed best fish honors in the recently concluded 1993 Maryland Sportfishing Tournament.

The state's best bluegill catch went to Jeremy Barth of Westminster. Last July 14, Barth pulled a 2-pound, 4-ounce bluegill from a farm pond. The Maryland bluegill record is a 3-pounder caught by Michael Whittington from Jamieson Lake in 1986.

On June 11, Westminster's Frank Graham caught an 87-pound black drum off Poplar Island, exceeding the 40-pound minimum qualifying weight by a notable margin.

Trout stocking schedule

The Department of Natural Resources will stock 13,500 trout at six Carroll County locations this spring, plus an additional 3,000 will be placed in Morgan Run for catch-and-release purposes only.

Beaver Run, Piney Run and the Patapsco River at Route 32 will be closed March 3-26 and April 10-16 for stocking.

Beaver Run, which is located near Finksburg, will receive 1,500 trout. Piney Run is slated for 1,300, and the Patapsco will get 4,000.

Westminster Pond will be closed for stocking March 20-26 and will receive 1,300 trout. Piney Run Reservoir, which won't be closed, will receive 2,000 trout.

Maryland trout anglers must possess a $10 resident license and $5 trout stamp. Youngsters under 16 are not required to purchase a trout stamp.

Trout Unlimited

If you like trout fishing, you are going to love the Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. This is a very active club with a growing membership.

The club met last Thursday and was lectured by Bob Lunsford of the DNR's Freshwater Fisheries on the North Branch of the Potomac River, the Savage River and Hunting Creek -- all top-notch trout waters.

At 9 a.m. Feb. 26, the chapter will conduct an insect collection on the East Branch of the Patapsco. On March 12, the group will work at the old barn on Klee Mill Road in Morgan Run.

The club's March meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Bear Branch Nature Center. The speaker will be Charlie Gougeon, who will reveal the secrets of successfully fishing the Gunpowder River.

At the April 14 meeting, Wally Vait will discuss fishing in Alaska.

Good fishing

I cornered Bob Bachman at the recent annual Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association Conference. Bachman rules over the DNR's Freshwater Fisheries Division.

"Liberty and Piney Run Reservoirs have naturally reproducing striped bass and lots of them. In fact, I believe that both Carroll County lakes are the only freshwater, stream-fed reservoirs producing naturally spawning striped bass in the United States," he said.

"And be sure to tell your readers about the incredible white perch fishing available in nearby Prettyboy."

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