Trout – North Prong, Lostland Run (MD – North Branch Feeder)

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Lured by the lack of information in the 2006 Brook Trout Management Plan on the actual density, but stimulated by the statement, ” Viable brook trout populations are now found in all three stream reaches,” I pulled into the small, informal parking area on the south side of the stream.

My original plan was not to come here.  Rather, recognizing that the closer to the river one gets, the more water there will be, I had intended to fish upstream from the Lostland Run access road.  However, when I arrived, it was blocked as a result of construction associated with bridge repair.  A quick look at the map revealed the public section farther upstream.

Granted, late September is not the optimum time to fish small water for brookies because, at the end of summer, the impact of hot weather is at a height.  But, my perspective is that this is a good time to sample since the fish will be in community pools and easier to find.  Well, the only community pool this far upstream is the deep water underneath the bridge at the parking area.

Rather than fight the thick brush, I walked up the streambed looking for anything interesting.  I continued to walk for about 1/2 mile with no luck.  The water was barely moving, a few chubs scattered on my approach, but nothing interesting in terms of brookies. On a positive note, once you bushwhack to the stream and move upstream beyond the turn, the forest floor opens up and walking is pretty easy along the bank.

I checked in with the DNR on this stream and the biologist confirmed that brookies are here and that he had seen some large ones in the bridge pool.  So, maybe this was just a bad day or just a bad summer after the second year of lower than normal rainfall.

Bottom Line: Don’t bother.  Maybe it’s better closer to the access road – that certainly deserves a check, but this spot is not worth the time given the great water of the North Branch a short distance away.

Google Local Coordinates: 39.39538,-79.255984

Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the 2006 Brook Trout Management Plan.

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Looking north from the road into the public section

No water to speak of…  

It’s always reassuring to see the yellow blaze marking the boundary of public property – confirmation that access is allowed.

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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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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