State's fishermen will find more places to catch trout than last year

Something positive resulted from last month's battle with Mother Nature: more places to catch trout this fall.

More than 27,000 trout will be stocked throughout the state starting this month. Most of the trout will be either rainbow or golden trout weighing an average of one pound each. There will also be about 1,500 brown trout weighing about a pound each, as well as 300 rainbow and golden trout weighing two to three pounds each.

Approximately 1,000 additional trout will be donated by The Freshwater Institute in West Virginia, a research facility. They are typically the larger fish, said Letha Grimes, a biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Grimes said that the majority of the fish were raised at the Albert Powell Trout Hatchery in Hagerstown and the Bear Creek Hatchery in Garrett County.

"We have had a lot of water, though some of the areas were kind of low after a dry summer," Grimes said."Now we're getting to the point where we do have enough water. We do base that on where we go and the number of fish that are put into each area."

According to Don Cosden, the inland fisheries director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the rains from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have "provided consecutive boosts in water flow" and will make for excellent conditions in streams that have seasonal restrictions for keeping trout.

Grimes said that two areas in Garrett and Allegany counties along the Youghiogheny River, in Friendsville and Oakland, have been added since last year. A catch-and-release area on the North Branch of the Potomac River as well as the western port in Barnum have also been added, Grimes said.

Typically, trout fishing in Maryland is done on the North Branch on the Potomac River, Bear Creek, Town Creek, Cunningham Falls Lake, the Patapsco River, Big Gunpowder Falls and other larger waterways, ponds and lakes where trout are traditionally stocked in larger bodies of water.

Grimes said that the number is up around 3,000 from last year and the fish were stocked a week earlier than normal.

"Stocking dates and locations are dependent on water flow and temperatures. Based on current conditions, we anticipate stocking to proceed in many places beginning the second week of October," Cosden said in a DRR press release. "All of the fish will be released by the first of November."

DNR's trout stocking information telephone line, 1-800-688-3467, will be updated weekly beginning October 1 so that fishermen may find out if their favorite area has been stocked. Stocked areas will also be posted online at once stocking is complete.

Those interested can also consult the 2011 Maryland Fishing Guide or visit for regulations and places to fish.

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