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Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Fishing near here this week. Is the dam release worth fishing .


Posted on: 8/3 19:09


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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I'm not sure what you mean by "dam release"...there's a whitewater release on the Lehigh but I dont know about any on the Po

Posted on: 8/3 23:27


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Yo mki

The Po just below the dam is worth ffishing, since the water coming out is always the ideal temp. But the area is channelized and a little bit ugly. The trouts make up for it, though.

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The Poho is subject to release from Beltzville reservoir, of which I am sure is a flood control dam. It is a deep reservoir, therefore the water is comparatively low in temperature.

Posted on: 8/4 21:31
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Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Wild Browns are extremely abundant based on electrofishing. If they are willing and you have the correct technique, including good timing, for the day that you fish, you should have good fishing. Not much for size, but quite impressive numbers there.

Posted on: 8/6 12:15


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+1 with Mike. Occasionally you will turn up some rainbows along with bruisers that move up from the Lehigh. I still think the place is mismanaged given its enormous potential.

Posted on: 8/6 14:54


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Thanks for the info. I didn't make it up last week, but i will be in the area again soon and plan to check it out.


Posted on: 8/9 15:48


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Here's the link to the USGS gauging station flow showing both flow and temp.

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/ ... 449800&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

There are lots of fish there though the channelization as others have mentioned makes it look ugly. Nonetheless they are there. The outlet is deep water so the temp is always good. I've waded wet there in July and ended up shivering.

Posted on: 8/9 21:27
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Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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I continue to hear the fishing there is good, but recent years' experience compared to 4-5 years ago doesn't seem to bear the out. And, even more telling, is the observation we have made on our 6+ visits this year which is "where are the fishermen?"

We used to encounter groups of regular anglers targeting the area below the Dam. Just not so anymore.

My sense is that good fishing will attract fishermen.





Posted on: 8/11 19:31


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I recommend that anglers not equate poor fishing and low angler use with a lack of wild brown trout in known wild brown trout streams.

Posted on: 8/12 13:27


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Of all the times I've fished there, I've never had a bad experience and caught plenty of trout. Like anything, it takes patience and understanding of the stream your fishing and the trout habits. There are better stretches of water that hold more wild browns than directly below the dam outlet.

Posted on: 8/12 15:07


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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I havent been up this year, but last summer i caught some very nice rainbows and a fair number of browns.

Posted on: 8/16 23:38


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Quote:

sjangler wrote:
I continue to hear the fishing there is good, but recent years' experience compared to 4-5 years ago doesn't seem to bear the out. And, even more telling, is the observation we have made on our 6+ visits this year which is "where are the fishermen?"

We used to encounter groups of regular anglers targeting the area below the Dam. Just not so anymore.

My sense is that good fishing will attract fishermen.






Also could be due to reductions in stocking

Posted on: 8/19 23:26


Re: Pohopoco creek below Beltsville

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Mike wrote:
I recommend that anglers not equate poor fishing and low angler use with a lack of wild brown trout in known wild brown trout streams.


Mike has there ever been any research and/or experiments in relocating wild fish from heavily populated streams? Streams like the Po are great hatcheries for large numbers of wild fish but few large fish due to lack of habitat.
I'm thinking here the fish could be moved to below the dam in parryville where they can access the Lehigh when ready for a larger forage base and better habitat (maybe not so much in hot dry summers).

Posted on: 8/19 23:32


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Or just remove the dam at Parryville, but that's another subject.

Posted on: 8/21 12:43



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