Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on June 19, 2013 | Permalink
Fishing Report From The North Branch
Location: North Branch Potomac River
Here are a few pictures of fish waiting to be caught in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area and the overlapping Black Bass Catch and Return Fishing Area from the McCoole Fisheries Management Area downstream five miles to the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area at Black Oak, and then downstream another 9 miles to the Pinto Area. Both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout were found in these sections of the river, however at lower abundance levels compared to upstream areas (Westernport to McCoole). Trout were found in the faster runs and the very deep pools. A lot of scrappy Smallmouth Bass averaging about 6 to 10 inches were collected, however we did not collect a lot of quality-sized bass. The abundance of the smaller bass should bode well for the future. We observed good numbers of Fallfish - a large minnow species, so anglers can expect to catch a bunch of these fish that fight just like a trout. There are public access sites at the McCoole Fisheries Management Area and downstream at the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area. The Pinto area currently has no public access, so permission from private property owners needs to be secured before accessing the river at this location. Also, there are some boulder-strewn runs - especially between McCoole and Black Oak, so canoeist should use caution in this section of the river.
Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Smallmouth Bass 2) Brown Trout 3) Rainbow Trout 4) Fallfish