Trout – Frank Bentz Pond Fishing (MD)

This small pond was created in 1908 when Big Hunting Creek was dammed to power electric generators for Thurmont. In 1955, it was dedicated to Frank Bentz Sr., the public relations director for the Game and Inland Fish Commission, who was a key figure in the original restoration of the pond. Sadly, the pond is slowly filling up with silt and will eventually become unfishable without dredging. In 2011, Thurmont approved a plan to conduct a second restoration that would stabilize the pond for at least another 50 years.

Given the pond’s small size and location in a residential community bordering a well-established, large trailer park, this pond sees more than its fair share of pressure. As a result of the siltation, the pond is shallow with the deepest area near the water outtake at the southeast corner of the lake. The bank is reachable where it borders the parking area on the south and from a short patch of grass adjacent to the trailer park on the north. The remainder of the shoreline is packed with dense brush.

Getting There: From Frederick, MD head north on US 15. Exit onto MD 77W and follow it to the Pond.

Access Point: Parking off of MD 77 (39.620895,-77.424469)

Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in Maryland DNR website.

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Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Articles on this site are out of date since some go back to 2006. Regulations and property ownership may have changed since publication. It is your responsibility to know and obey all regulations and not trespass on private property.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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