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Trout stocking results in varied opportunities

March 06, 2005|by BILL ANDERSON

No matter what the thermometer on the porch is telling you, it's time to start looking at the spring trout stocking schedule. Fishing opportunities for stocked trout in Washington County are among of the most varied in the state. Many folks prefer the lake or impound fishing opportunities in places like Greenbrier Lake, Blair's Valley Lake and Big Pool. If you are a hip book kind of fisherman, there are the very popular streams that include Beaver Creek or Sideling Hill Creek.

As has been the case for a number of years now, Maryland will use the process of closing many of the major waters for certain periods for stocking. This process is described in department regulations as the closure periods. There are four closure periods this spring.

This process of closing certain waters to fishing during designated periods serves several purposes. It allows Department of Natural Resources personnel to complete stocking without interference from fishermen and gives the newly stocked trout a period of time to acclimate to their new surroundings.

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The closure period dates this spring are as follows:

Period 0: No Closure

Period 1: March 6-26

Period 2: March 20-26

Period 3: April 10-16

Period 4: April 17-23

The closures are from 10 p.m. of the first date to 5:30 a.m. of the second date of the period.

Most of the popular Washington County lakes and streams come off of the first closure periods on March 26. Among the most popular trout waters in Washington County are:

Beaver Creek: 8,000 trout, Closure Periods 1 and 3

Greenbrier Lake: 6,000 trout, Closure Period 2

Sideling Hill Creek: 7,500 trout, Closure Periods 1 and 4

Blairs Valley Lake: 5,500 trout, Closure Period 2

Antietam Creek: 4,750 trout, Closure Period 0

As usual, the DNR will distribute copies of the 2005 stocking schedule to license agents and DNR offices. The DNR also has a full description of the stocking schedule on the department Web site at www.dnr.state.md.us/ fisheries/springstocktable. html




Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail.

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