Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on June 18, 2013 | Permalink
Fish Survey Results
Location: North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area
The Western Region Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit (C&R) Trout Fishing Area from Westernport downstream to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. The river is chocked-full of Rainbow Trout, from fingerling size to about 15 inches (and we did see a couple in the 20 inch range that we were unable to net). The Brown Trout population is dominated by large fish, as most of the Brown Trout we collected were in the 16 to 19 inch size class. Smallmouth Bass were also common, and the larger size Smallmouth Bass were found within this section of the river. The river is big water, with a very slippery boulder substrate. The best way to fish here is to float from the Westernport access at the mouth of Georges Creek downstream four miles to the McCoole Fisheries Management Area. This stretch is not for novices as there are a few drops and boulder-strewn rapids. There are local float-fishing guide services that I would recommend for the first-time angler.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Brown Trout 2) Brown Trout 3) Brown Trout 4) Smallmouth Bass 5) Rainbow Trout