The western region west of Washington County was spared of much of the deluge from the weekendís northeaster. The streams and creeks in Allegany and Garrett Counties are reported to be in good shape; running clear with acceptable flow rates. Alan Klotz forwarded a message to us from John Denning who is the Forest Manager for the Potomac-Garrett State Forest concern Lost Land Road. I have had to close the road into the Lost Land Run Area of PGSF. This closure is due to the collapse of a large culvert that carries one of the main tributaries of LL Run, (near the lime doser). I am trying to work out some way to reopen the road, as this is a very popular Potomac River fishing access.
Alan Klotz also sent us the good news concerning the Savage Reservoir. The preliminary repairs and maintenance of the release gates in the Savage River Reservoir Dam have been completed and the reservoir is re-filling rather quickly with cold water. The flows out of the dam have been reduced, and are providing for some good fishing flows in the Trophy Trout management Areas. Size 18 Blue-winged Olives are still hatching providing good dry-fly fishing action. Also, the North Branch Potomac River Delayed Harvest Area along the Potomac State Forest will be rail-stocked today with 1,500 rainbow trout. The picture above shows the Savage Reservoir rising to full pool.
Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake reported good fishing this weekend and with better weather on the way this week the fishing should continue to be good. Some stained water was reported in a couple of the main coves that have feeder streams but the lake is clear and a water temperature in the high 50ís was reported. Fishermen are reporting good fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and even Rock Bass and Chain pickerel.
The largemouth bass in many of the lakes in the western region have finished spawning and are once again very active and cruising for food. Spinnerbaits, soft plastics, jerkbaits, crankbaits and even topwater lures are all good choices at this time. Lauren Deckelbaum was fishing in Lake Habeeb (Rocky Gap) with here dad when she caught and released this fine looking largemouth bass on a black plastic worm.
The National Weather Service River Forecast Center reports that the North Branch of the Potomac River is classified at a minor flooding stage; but the South Branch is at flood stage. However you want to classify it, there will be no fishing on the upper Potomac till the waters recede. The area received a lot of rain and it all winds up in the Potomac. John Mullican went out Tuesday morning and took a picture of Dan 4 for us and sent it along with a short report. Two to five inches of rain fell in central Maryland over the weekend. As a result, the upper Potomac River crested near flood stage at several locations and will remain unsafe for boating and fishing for quite some time. When river levels return to normal levels anglers should be careful launching as most of the ramps will be coated with very slippery river mud. This photo shows the extreme conditions river fish must endure to survive.
On a more positive note, the Frederick county put-and-take trout streams are flowing very strong, but remain clear. With the seasons last stockings taking place this week; conditions should be ideal this weekend.
At the moment most of the tidal rivers and creeks within the two regions are at flood stage and muddy. It will take most of the week for the water levels and clarity to settle down and for fishing to resume to acceptable levels. Many of the lakes and reservoirs are also feeling the effects of all the rain. One good thing is that most are now up to at least normal capacity; which is good for fishermen and fish alike. The new growth of submerged plants will offer good cover for largemouth bass fry and fishermen once again have good access to boat ramps. Cameron Taylor was fishing with his grandfather at Piney Run Lake on Saturday when he caught and released this fine looking largemouth bass, despite the rain.
The 5+ inches of rain that fell on the eastern region has put a bit of a damper on the freshwater fishing in the tidal rivers and creeks early this week but should be dissipated by the weekend. The largemouth bass in most areas; which includes the tidal rivers as well as the lakes and ponds have finished spawning and are off the nests and actively feeding. This is a very productive time to be fishing for largemouth bass because they will strike a wide variety of baits including topwater lures. Most sunken wood and grass bed edges, old piers and docks as well as creek mouths are good places to fish. Due to the recent rain many of the tidal rivers are running a bit cooler so largemouth bass may be found holding in the shallower and warmer waters. Chuck Kleinsmith was fishing a small eastern shore pond when he caught and released this nice largemouth bass.
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this week's gallery (8 photos).
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Reservoir Bathymetry information:
The Maryland Geological
Survey has bathymetry maps on their website:
Links to freshwater flows:
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls near Parkton.
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls At Glencoe.