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DNR Stocks 26,000 Trophy-Size Trout Donated by Freshwater Institute
Annapolis, Md. — The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W.Va donated over 26,000 adult rainbow trout to the State of Maryland in 2008. Most of the fish were trophy-size, ranging from two to ten pounds. Trout were stocked throughout the state in regulated delayed harvest, put and take, youth and blind persons fishing areas. Delayed harvest regulations permitted these trophy fish to be caught and released repeatedly throughout the year, allowing a single fish to be a “trout of a lifetime” catch for several anglers.
“The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute was happy to provide these rainbow trout to the State of Maryland. Hopefully, they bent fishing rods and put smiles on the faces of many anglers enjoying Maryland’s streams, rivers, and lakes,” said Mr. Tom Waldrop, Aquaculture Production Manager at the Freshwater Institute.
Stocking occurred throughout the summer months in the cooler waters of the North Branch Potomac River, creating an extended summer trout fishing season. As stream temperatures cooled, more lakes and streams were stocked in time for the popular fall trout season.
An additional 11,000 fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in the North Branch Potomac River’s special “Zero Creel Limit for Trout.” These fish are expected to attain trophy size.
The areas receiving trout from the Freshwater Institute in 2008 included: Antietam Creek, Battie Mixon Ponds, Bear Creek, Big Elk Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Brunswick Pond, Casselman River, Catoctin Creek, Cosca Lake, Deep Creek Lake, Deer Creek, Evitts Creek, Fifteen Mile Creek, Fountain Rock Creek, Glades Park Pond, Grantsville Parkview Pond, Greenbriar Lake, Gunpowder River, Lake Artemesia, Lake Habeeb, Lions Park Pond, Little Patuxent River, North Branch Potomac River, Patapsco River, Savage Reservoir, Town Creek, Tuckahoe Creek, Urbana Lake, Wills Creek, Woodsboro Pond, and the Youghiogheny River.
January 12, 2009
Contact: Ray Weaver
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
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