From the monthly archives:

April 2009

April 26 – Southern Tip of Triadelphia Reservoir

by Capitol Area Fishing on April 26, 2009

Crappie on the Triadelphia

Crappie on the Triadelphia

Summertime weather here in Maryland. It was 95 degrees in Frederick.  I was hoping to go out in the canoe with my wife, Sarah, but Bloomingdale’s was calling her name. So, I went down to my trusty Triadelphia Reservoir area but took a different entrance this time – way up on the southern end. The gate was locked but I climbed over it. There were a few cars at the gate so I didn’t feel like I was trespassing – too much.

The carp were in full force. I don’t know where they originally came from or how they survive, but they are there by the hundreds.  I had my shorts on and sneaks so I walked out into the shallow part of the water. I casted to them with no effect. But, when I went further down, I got several follow-ups by what appeared to be crappie. I caught several and took a photo of the largest.

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April 22 – Black Hill Regional Park

by Capitol Area Fishing on April 22, 2009

Black Hill Regional Park

Black Hill Regional Park

Boat on Little Seneca Lake

Boat on Little Seneca Lake

Took a drive down to Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park. There were several boats out on the lake, but I didn’t see anyone catching anything.

You can rent boats there from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and they also sell and rent tackle: fishing rods, lures – everything you need. The rates are reasonable and it’s a perfect afternoon for a family outing. It was raining when I was there so I didn’t throw a line.

I hear that the fish in Little Seneca Lake include: largemouth bass, tiger muskie, crappie, catfish, and several types of sunfish.

Speaking of fish, I saw that Carp is selling in our local Korean grocery store. How do your prepare Carp? Carefully?!

 
Fishing Pier at Black Hill Regional Park

Fishing Pier at Black Hill Regional Park

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Barothy Lodges from Michigan to Florida to Cuba to Belize

by Capitol Area Fishing on April 19, 2009

 

Barothy Lodge on the Pere Marquette River
Barothy Lodge on the Pere Marquette River

The story of the Barothy fishing legacy began about 1910 during summers in Walhalla, Michigan on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. That’s where Vic Barothy, Sr. and his brother Fred, the sons of a well-to-do Chicago doctor and an artist mother, learned to love the outdoors and fishing.

After many years of entertaining friends and family, first in tents, and then in cabins, Dr. Barothy, a Hungarian immigrant and neurosurgeon, decided to make use of the mineral springs on the land, and start a spa-style resort.  That was about 1935, and it was the start of the first Barothy Lodge.

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April 17 – Triadelphia Reservoir at the Patuxent River

by Capitol Area Fishing on April 17, 2009

Walk into Triadelphia (in red)

Walk into Triadelphia (in red)

Another gorgeous day and it looks like spring is finally taking hold. Went down to one of my favorite haunts where the Patuxent River flows into the Triadelphia Reservoir.  I drove down 97 and parked at the parking area for the Patuxent River Park. From there there’s a trail that leads downstream to the Triadelphia Reservoir. It’s about a 20 minute moderate walk. Very pretty with lots of wildlife. It made for a wonderful afternoon – it’s very peaceful back there. 

The water is still low, so there is still pretty much a river when you get to the reservoir, and usually the fish concentrate in several rocky outcrops along the bank. I was fishing my favorite silver-sided rapala, got several hits, and landed one 14″ largemouth Bass, which I released. (I only catch & release.) 

There are also Carp, an invasive river fish in this area, and I’ve seen them before by the hundreds. I saw them again today jumping out of the water. I don’t fish for them, but a fisherman I ran into last month said they would hit anything in May. It would be a helluva fight I’m sure. There are a lot of them.

The Walk in from the Patuxent to Triadelphia

The Walk in from the Patuxent to Triadelphia

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bass at Triadelphia

Bass at Triadelphia

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April 16 – Green Farm Park Ponds

April 16, 2009

Today was the first sunny, warm day all week. I went to check out one of my “finds” – the Green Farm Park ponds in Gaithersburg, Maryland. These two ponds are hidden behind the Gaithersburg Airpark. To get to them, you park behind the warehouse at 8041 Cessna Dr. The first pond that is closest to the […]

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April 14 – Monocacy River

April 14, 2009

It was raining but I went out anyway to see the river conditions at one of my launch (canoe) areas on the Monocacy River, near Dickerson, Md. in Frederick, County. The water clarity was good. I threw a silver-sided rapala, and got one bite, but didn’t land anything.  I was surprised and pleased to see a clear […]

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April 12 – Triadelphia Reservoir, MD.

April 12, 2009

A blustery and windy day. It was a little too cold and the bass weren’t biting well. I used rapalas and crankbaits on an ultra-lite, saw some bait fishermen, but they weren’t having good results either. Despite some reports to the contrary, the water still needs to warm-up.  

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April 9 – Presidential Fishermen

April 9, 2009

“A dolphin we catchd at noon, but cou’d not entice with a baited hook two baricootas, which played under our stern for some hours.” – George Washington “All men are equal before fish.” –  Herbert Hoover “In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune-chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament […]

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