From the monthly archives:

August 2009

August 22 – Montgomery Village, MD.

by Capitol Area Fishing on August 22, 2009

There are several lakes in the Montgomery Village area, some of them more well known than others: Lake Whetstone off of Montgomery Village Ave. is the largest and most visible since it is off of Montgomery Village Ave. It has a limited amount of paddle boats, rowboats and canoes for rent. On the south shore of the lake there is fishing from 6:30 a.m. until the area closes one-half hour after sunset. (Maryland State Fishing Regulations are in effect for all MVF lakes and ponds.)

Lake Marion, located off of East Village Ave. near a community center, is another popular destination. Although there are no boating facilities here, there are several small grills, picnic tables, and walking paths. On any given day you can find several people shore fishing for largemouth bass, sunnies, bluegill – wahoo, marlin, snapper (only kidding on those last three!). There is some underbrush to compete with but it isn’t too difficult to get in and wet a line.

Montgomery Village East Village "Mystery Lake"

Montgomery Village East Village "Mystery Lake"

But, the one that interests me the most is an unnamed lake behind a set of tennis courst further east from Lake Marion, on East Village Ave.  Again, there are no boating facilities, but the fishing is very good, and relatively private. Park at the tennis courts, near Silverfield Dr., and walk a short distance behind the courts, along a paved path. What I like about this lake is there are a lot of fish in it, and there’s easy access to the shore fishing: no bushes or underbrush to tangle with.

Montgomery Village East Village Lake

Montgomery Village East Village Lake

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August 4 – Float Fishing on the Monocacy River

by Capitol Area Fishing on August 4, 2009

A few days ago I got an email from one of my blog readers who wanted a recommendation for a  2 to 3 hour kayak float fish on the Monocacy River. Here’s my response:

Hi Bill

               I would put in at Pinecliff Park just above the Monacacy Battlefield, and take out where the river crosses Finger Board Rd (Rt. 80). This is an easy streach of the river with minor rapids. At the take-out point on Rt. 80 there is a spot on the left hand side of the bridge going north to leave a car, and a fairly easy – slight incline – access out of the river. I found it to be no problem.
               This route – from Pinecliff Park to the Rt. 80 bridge – is a leasurely 3 hours on the river with time alloted for stopping and casting. Water is wadeable in many places so feel free to get out of the boat and cast; bring a lunch as there are many nice places to stop. 
               Along this stretch of the river there are many holes for large and small mouth bass, blue gill and sunfish; I’ve  even pulled a few catfish out of the river.
               As far as equipment goes, all you need is an ultra light rod and reel with 4 to 6 lb test line a few rapallas #CD03 silver, some spinner baits (Meps), and Jigs. If you are a fly fisherman, it is also an excellent river for a 4 to 6 wt. flyrod, poppers and wet flies.
              There is a picture of the put-in and kayakers on my blog post for Pinecliff Park.  Also, the water is fine right now, clear with a low-to medium level.
 
                                        Good Fishing!                               
                                        Vic Barothy

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August 2 – Fishing with Jonah at Black Hill Regional Park

by Capitol Area Fishing on August 2, 2009

Jonah with his Dad

Jonah with his Dad

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Vic and Jonah

Another cool, rainy day in Maryland, but my friend Bob, his son Jonah, and I still took to the water with our fishing gear.  We decided on Black Hill Regional Park on Senaca Lake in Maryland, which had John Boats to rent. But, after about a half-hour, the rain – and more importantly, distant thunder – sent us back to shore.

We still managed to get some good catches from the pier and the shore.  Jonah proved to be an avid fisherman, catching a largemouth bass, sunnies, bluegill and a catfish. His Dad and I were merely along for the ride! It was fun to watch Jonah catch fish through his eyes.

Whether you’re on the shore, the pier, or in a boat, Black Hill Regional Park is great for family outings. As good for the novice fisherman as well as a more experienced one. To use a cliche – there is something for everyone. Boat and canoe rentals are available by the dock shop, there’s a good boat ramp if you bring your own boat (with a $5 a day launch charge), and there’s also a fishing pier.

Jonah and the Bass

Jonah and the Bass

 

Black Hill Regional Park

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