The last week of March was a great one for fishing at Beaverdam Reservoir in Gloucester, Park Ranger Elizabeth Keefer said.
One angler reported catching black crappie (one 12-inch, length citation) and chain pickerel using plastic grubs while fishing a stump bed near the Route 606 fork of the lake. One of the park’s regular fly fishermen caught several yellow perch (some close to 12 inches in length), two crappie and one pickerel from shore behind the Ranger Station using an imitation minnow.
The state Department of Wildlife Resources conducted a trap net survey last week. With their findings, they are encouraging anglers to harvest black crappie in the 8-9 inch range and release as many of the larger crappie greater than 11 inches.
Beaverdam Park is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. through April 30. The park rents watercraft, sells bait and concessions. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 804-693-2107.
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