Restored urban stream in Baltimore teems with trout, and interest

Doug Donvan, The Baltimore Sun on

Published in Outdoors

In September employees with the state Department of Natural Resources conducted an analysis of life in the stream using an electroshock method that stuns the fish long enough for them to surface and be counted.

What they found was, well, shocking.

An adult trout added to the stream in October 2016 had survived along with four juvenile trout placed in the stream in April by Baltimore Lab School students participating in the Trout In The Classroom program. There was also an abundance of bullfrogs and bait fish such as stream chubs, white shiners and black-nose daces.

"A stream that was marginal more than a decade ago is restored and now teeming with life," Gamper said. "It's remarkable. It really shows the healing capacity of an urban watershed."

The stream restoration has provided enough deep pools for trout to find cool water to survive hot months.

Darin Crew, who works for Blue Water Baltimore, fished Sunday with his children Eloise, 8, and Henry, 5.

"You forget how much nature adapts to survive," he said. The fact that a trout survived the summer "just blows my mind."


Jeff Mendel and his 8-year-old son Eli caught three rainbow trout within the first 20 minutes of the event. Eli caught one on his first cast.

"They were all rainbows," Eli said. "And they were all really mad at us."

"Let's get some more," his father said. They went sloshing through the wet leaves and mud to find a new spot to fish.

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