A leisurely trip pays off along Liberty Reservoir


I spent some time last Saturday shoreline fishing Liberty Reservoir around Oakland Mills Road, off of Route 26 and later off of Nicodemus Road, near Finksburg.

A number of reports of nice largemouth bass hookups at both Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs over the last couple of weeks sparked my interest.

This wasn't very serious fishing, but more like a leisure scouting mission, and it paid off when three nice pre-spawn bass grabbed my lures. All three were in shallow, protected water.

I took two on spinnerbaits in an area known as Three Fingers Cove, which is near the boat ramp off Liberty Road. The last bass caught nailed a 6-inch purple plastic worm in about 3 feet of water near a stone drop-off a half-mile south of the Nicodemus Bridge, on the Baltimore County side of the reservoir.

While fishing the southern end of Liberty at the start of the afternoon, I shared a bank with Keith Anderson of Eldersburg, who was fishing minnows, thanks to the efforts of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition.

In fact, when you wet a line in any of the Baltimore City-owned reservoirs, which include Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven, take a moment to thank the hard-driving efforts of this sportsmen's group.

M.A.R.C. is most responsible for persuading Baltimore City officials to reopen these popular fishing spots after a unilateral closure when zebra mussel problems surfaced in New York. The group then put together a bait certification program and ushered it through channels to gain approval.

M.A.R.C. is composed of the Mid-Atlantic Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Maryland B.A.S.S. State Chapter, the American Bass Association of Maryland, Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association and the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited.

Until June 15 Maryland bassin' is strictly catch and release.


Beaver Run, Piney Run and Patapsco River, all designated put-and-take trout streams, will be closed for restocking from 10 p.m. tonight to 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Beaver Run is to received 750 trout, while Piney Run and Patapsco get 1,000 and 2,000 additional trout, respectively. Bennett Cerf Pond, the Farm Museum Pond and Taneytown Pond will be restocked, but not closed.

* The Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Thursday at the Bear Branch Nature Center at 7 p.m. This month's speaker is fishing guide Larry Coburn, who will cover brook trout fishing in Frederick County.

* Sign up now for the April 22 Early Bird Fishing Tournament, presented annually at Piney Run Park, near Eldersburg. Win big-dollar value prizes by catching the largest fish in a number of categories. Cost is $30 for shore anglers and $35 for those using a boat. Call (410) 795-3274.

* The Department of Natural Resources is presenting a muzzleloader shoot Sunday, April 23 at the Fort Frederick State Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $2 and individual match fees are $1. The event is open to all percussion and flintlock muzzleloaders firing roundballs only.

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