The fishing isn't as good as it was anywhere years ago.In Roland Martin's Book,101 Bass Secrets,he describes the Fishing in Loch Raven during the late 50s when he lived & fished here.The Bass fishing was great back then.He says how he can't catch near the fish he used to when he revisited the Loch in the 70s.That was when Loch Raven was loaded with Big Northern Pike.Roland said it's fished way down compared to the good ole days.Those fish in the lower pics were caught in a tidal river of the Chesapeake recently.Waters change all the time.Loch Raven is now a Chain Pike Gem.I used to travel to the Eastern Shore Ponds to get in on good Chain Pike fishing like that.Now I can save a lot of time and money to catch them here.I don't see it as a negative,but I'm apparently in the minority.It's clear,deep,weedy, a perfect environment for them.It is also perfect for Musky.Musky can live in warmer temps than Pike and can forage on larger Carp.I'm sure they'd also snack on a few Chain Pike along he way.I'd like to see them stocked there.There are far more spawning areas (submerged logs/trees etc) than you can even count. The trees on the shoreline make up a small % of the spawning beds.
White perch don't spawn in brush piles. They prefer moving water up above warren road wehre people can't get to them anyway..
I'm simply saying that the lake is out of balance because of all of the pickerel. They are not picky in what they eat. Most panfish have been attacked at one time or another and show signs of that. I've seen not one but 5 or so pickeral in the past two yrs swirling on top of the water w/ a 6-7 inch crappie caught in their mouth.
I'm all for conservation but sometimes things get out of balance due to other causes,natural or otherwise.That's what is happening to LR right now. Crabs too but that's a whole other discussion.
BTW -the fishing is still pretty good, just not what it was 5 or 6 yrs ago. peace