NANFA-- Maryland collecting trip this Saturday?

Bob Bock (
Tue, 29 Jun 2004 19:34:30 -0400

Hi all. Native fish enthusiast Wally Bilingham is coming in to town from
Pittsburgh. He's asked Chris Scharpf and I if we'd take him on a local
collecting and fish photography trip. I thought I'd check with local
NANFAns and members of the DC area aquarium societies to see if there was
any interest. A time and location hasn't been set yet. We're leaning
towards Saturday the 3rd, but Monday the 5th is also a possiblity.

This is just a short e-mail to gauge how much interest there is. Members of
all the local clubs are welcome, and if you'd like to forward this to an
e-mail list, please feel free. Once I hear from people, I'll try to make a
consensus decision

Regarding a location, we're leaning heavily toward returning to Paintbranch
Creek in College Park, on the University of Maryland Campus. It's a
beautiful, clear clean stream that offers opportunities for snorkeling.
We've collected satinfin shiners there--a beautiful little minnow with
silver-satiny fins. I couldn't find a good picture of one on the web that
does them justice, but here's a link to a drawing

We were also debating a longer trip, down to Zekiah Swamp outside Waldorf,
for flier

bluespotted sunfish

redfin pickerel

and warmouth

Wally had mentioned collecting in the Patapsco-in-the end of Route 29. I've
never collected there, but the Maryland stream survey reports that there are
some rosyside dace there

Finally, the best location that I know of for rosyside dace, as well as
sculpins and fantail darters is Little Bennett Creek, near Clarksburg. It's
probably the cleanest stream in Montgomery County, with a lot of little side

Thanks, all.
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