Low Water, Rain and a Chance of Spillover along the Gunpowder River

The Gunpowder river is flowing at 29 Cfs, is 52 F and is clear. BWO’s sized #18-22 have been accounting for a few fish in the flats and pools with most of the fish keying in on emergers. Caddis in the #16-18 range are still a good bet in riffles between Bunkerhill Rd. through Falls Rd access. Small streamers like Matukas and Black Nosed Dace are also worth a shot. If this rain keep up, we might see a little more flow downstream of Bush Cabin Run where this picture was taken. Because the Gunpowder is largely protected from runoff in the “upper,” (Catch and Release) section that flows through Gunpowder State Park, the river should remain relatively clear even if we have a spillover event.
Low water along the Gunpowder River, MD
This riffle below Masemore Rd access along the Gunpowder River shows exposed gravel and the last of the Fall Colors. Low water levels in the Gunpowder River each Fall protect spawning habitat by minimizing “stranding” events, and help to recharge Pretty Boy Reservoir assuring a full reservoir going into the Spring.

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