Winter Trout Fishing – Gunpowder River and Upper Patuxent River

I’ve made it out for a few hours the last couple weekends, throwing streamers for brown trout on Maryland’s few trout rivers. I enjoyed a mud slog at the upper Patuxent River in the rolling hills of rural Montgomery County with my girlfriend and dog, but the conditions were unfishable.  The rain the previous day…

Fishing Report: Kern River and Sequoia National Forest

I traveled out to California a couple weeks ago with my girlfriend.  While we were visiting friends in LA and San Diego, I still found time to put some fishing on our schedule. We headed up into Sequoia National Forest, about 3 hours from our friends in Little Tokyo, and a totally different world from…

Fishing Report: Seneca Creek, West Virginia

I spent the last weekend in the Seneca Creek backcountry, fly fishing for native brook trout and rainbow trout.  This area is part of the Monongahela National Forest, an enormous stretch of wild mountains that includes Spruce Knob (West Virginia’s Highest Mountain), Seneca Rocks, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness.  This is some of the most…

Fishing Report – Gunpowder River Trout

I spent a few hours on the Gunpowder River catch-and-release section this weekend, hunting for wild brown trout.  It was a dual purpose trip:  Do a bit of summer-time dry fly fishing, and teach my sister how to fly fish.  While we didn’t knock it out of the park, we had some hungry fish, and…

Fishing Report – North Branch, Potomac River

In Cumberland, MD for a birthday party (for a 1 year old), I took Sunday morning to go fish the North Branch of the Potomac River at Barnum.  After my previous shot at fishing the river near the paper mill at Bloomington/Luke, I was pumped to try the trophy trout waters farther upstream.  The river…

Fishing Report – Big Hunting Creek

Last weekend, with my boat in the shop, I headed up into the Catoctin Mountains to fish Big Hunting Creek.  I had read about this catch-and-release water, and heard it had a high density of trout, with large stocked fish mixed in with smaller native Browns. I ended the day disappointed.  I fished the creek…

Fishing Report – North Branch, Potomac River

After fishing the Casselman River earlier in the day, I headed to the Potomac River in Luke, MD.  At the foot of the Verso paper mill where the Savage River and Potomac River meet, I and my friend threw streamers on sinking lines.  We saw very little life – a few small midges, but nothing…

Fishing Report – Casselman River

Blessed with fantastic weekend weather, I struck out Sunday with a friend to fish the Casselman and Potomac Rivers in Western Maryland.  The Casselman is well known for its Rainbow Trout, which Maryland DNR releases into the river by the thousands.  The Potomac, by contrast, is stocked, but most catches consist of hold-over or native…

Fishing Report – Upper Patuxent

I went back to the Upper Patuxent River (fly fishing, catch-and-release section) Sunday before last, hoping to find some of the Browns that river is famous for.  I found a fleet of cars in the tiny gravel lots along the river.  Clearly I wasn’t the only person with this idea. The river was in great…

Fishing Report – Upper Patuxent River

Due to last weekend’s colder, cloudy weather, I decided not to fish the Casselman River.  I did take a half hour to explore a lower Patuxent River tidal creek on the lookout for perch and shad, but never found fish willing to take a streamer.  This week has been different – warm weather pushing into the upper…

Area Spotlight – Casselman River

The Casselman River is a long, low gradient river that runs through Garrett County Maryland and ends in the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania.  It is managed as a delayed harvest stream, with all fishing catch-and-release from October 1st through June 15th each year.  After June 15th, the shallow rocky water becomes too warm for trout,…

Spring Fishing Options – Early March

It’s early March in Maryland, and that means I’ve got a few different fisheries I can take advantage of within a two hour drive.  It’s also worth stating my boat is in the shop, so I am looking at a shot to catch fish by kayak or wading. Option #1 – Yellow and White Perch…