Kenny Day, Recreational Angler
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Posted on February 20, 2013 | Permalink
Stemmers Run Survey
Location: Stemmers Run
Like many other fisherman I am already suffering from the effects of cabin fever and find myself daydreaming of fishing trips past and trips to come. In the past few years I have fished Stemmers Run Lake a few times and even though it is tough to get into, it was a fun lake to fish. I was wondering if the DNR has conducted any surveys on the lake in the past few years and if the results are accessible by the public?
DNR Response:Thank you for your interest in fishing Stemmers Run Reservoir. We complete surveys of Stemmers Run on a rotational basis, usually every 2-3 years. It was completed this past fall, however the report is currently going through a final edit. I would be happy to send you the report when the edits are complete. In the meantime, allow me to give you the short-version.
Stemmers Run can and has produced some great fishing at times, however future fishing success is dictated by successful reproduction of bass and bluegill. As you know, the Reservoir is very shallow for the most part and VERY muddy. We are fairly certain that the excess sediment is a key factor limiting reproduction of both species, however there is little we can do about it. As a result of this, the Reservoir tends to have boom and bust fishing periods. Unfortunately, poor reproduction the last 2 years looks to be causing bass populations to be much lower than when we did our last survey. We began supplemental stocking last fall, but those fish will be small for another year or two. Additional stocking is scheduled for 2013. However, do not let me discourage you from fishing. We did still encounter bass in our survey, and some were quite large. I have attached a length-frequency distribution of largemouth bass we collected in our survey. One bass was near 8 pounds! Of course, there are lots of crappies in the Reservoir as well, but most that we saw last fall were smaller than in the past.Donít forget to get your entry permit from the Wildlife office in Gwynnbrook (410-356-9272) before using the area!