Note: for detailed tips on how to fish Loch Raven Reservoir, click here (how to access LRR) and here (what types of fish and habitat to target at LRR)
I decided to get up early and get a few hours of fishing in. The weather was beautiful and I had pretty high hopes. I planned to fish Loch Raven Reservoir because it's the closest "real fishery" to where we live, only about 15 minutes away. LRR receives a lot of fishing pressure, in addition to a lot of passive use like mountain biking and kayaking. However, for whatever reason, the place still produces trophy bass on a regular basis.
Access to the shoreline is not an issue, but the City and County are very restrictive about what boats go on the reservoir, due to the threat from zebra mussels and other critters. As a pretty fair exchange, they do offer jon boat and canoe and kayak rentals, which I'd like to take advantage of sometime this summer.
The reservoir is an impoundment of the Gunpowder River, and the shoreline used to be the site of numerous mills and factories in the area now called Dulaney Valley. In the 1800s, it went by the whimsical name of "The Valley of Jehosophat."
If the bass are at the surface at 9am on a warm June day...they are hungry for something!
As I mentioned, I stuck with really small tackle and the UL rod, but a fly setup would have really nailed them today. I'll work on that and get back to you!