Reel Report: There’s something for everyone right now

If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of Maryland’s last free fishing day on the Fourth of July, you should most certainly get yourself a license and hit the water this weekend because there’s something for everyone right now in every fishing hole from the lakes and reservoirs to Ocean City’s shores.

 Southern Maryland lakes and ponds — Anthony Hancock, manager at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, said that with the extreme heat there hasn’t been much fishing activity going on.

Fishing early and late with topwater lures is a great way to target bass right now. During the heat of the day, most bass will find the nearest drop-off from shore and hold near available cover. Fishing around low trees and docks with lightly weighted soft plastic baits, jig-and-craw combos or creature-type baits is your best bet.

The bluegill are eager to eat small pieces of nightcrawler or live crickets. Fishing for bluegill early and late in shallow water is productive as they’ll also move to deeper, cooler water during the heat of the day.

Just a reminder that the park opens at 7 a.m. on weekends and 7:30 a.m. during the weekdays. The park closes seven days a week at 8 p.m.

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July 4, 2018, Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display. Fireworks launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry. Fireworks launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry.

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photo by Bob Carney Photography

New Listing 26 Ski Harbor Drive

Lakefront townhome at Ski Harbor! Postcard views of the lake & Wisp Ski Resort from almost every room! Includes dock slip & no-wake cove, perfect for peaceful kayaking & swimming. Wood-burning fireplace accentuates the main living area. Community renovations have replaced siding & decking in recent years with low maintenance materials. Indoor swimming pool! Garage! Est. vacation rental.

15 Cedar Creek Dr. #2 Price Improvement

Cedar Creek townhome that is an established vacation rental, fully furnished and ready to go! Soak in your hot tub and enjoy Wisp Ski & Golf course views! Close proximity to dining, shopping & entertainment. One of the rare spots you can walk to get your morning coffee or walk to several lunch/dinner locations on the north end of Deep Creek Lake! Well appointed, professionally managed. Shows well!

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Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County offer Spring 3-2-1 promotion

 

“The 3-2-1 promotion is a terrific way to save on your spring trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, director of tourism and marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”

The 3-2-1 promotion includes lodging offers from Carmel Cove inn at Deep Creek Lake, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Savage River Lodge, Ski Cove #3, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, and The Lodge at Wisp. Discounted activity offers are available from Fun Unlimited and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival.

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Deep Creek Lake Boating

SAFETY TIPS
• Know and obey the rules.
• Display required dock number plate and use the nearest
number to identify your location in an emergency event.
• Be attentive and look out for others.
• Control your speed and dock slowly—boats have no brakes.
• Navigate carefully into narrow coves and watch for restrictions.
• Watch your wake. You’re responsible for damage it may cause.
• Never swim near a running engine.
• Always sit in a moving boat—never on it.
• Be respectful of Natural Resources Police officers, who are
there for your safety.
• Control personal watercraft speed safely—jet drives have
no steering when you cut power. Keep required distances
from other boats, docks and the shore.
• When overtaking another boat from behind, the boat in
front has the right of way.
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HGTV’s Lake House Hunters Features Top Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Agent Jay Ferguson

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a leading vacation rental and sales firm located in McHenry, Maryland, is pleased to announce that Jay Ferguson, Broker & Co-Owner of the real estate company, was chosen to be featured on HGTV’s new series “Lake House Hunters”. It is a spin-off of the wildly popular “House Hunters” series.

Premiering January 1, 2018 at 6PM EST (check local listings to confirm), the Deep Creek Lake episode follows Ferguson and the DuPlessis family as they search for the perfect lakefront property. A lifelong resident of the Deep Creek Lake area, Jay Ferguson is a top-producing agent who started his real estate career in 2000.

He became co-owner of the Taylor-Made real estate company in 2014. His extensive knowledge and dedication to client relationships have bolstered his reputation as a Deep Creek Lake real estate expert.

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Monkey Business Adventure Park is open at the lake

MCHENRY — Adventure seekers of all ages are currently welcome at Monkey Business Adventure Park, which recently opened at 970 Deep Creek Drive, McHenry.

Several choices are available, including ziplining, aerial obstacle courses and free-falling. The park has three elevation levels, each with different challenges.

The park is owned by Deep Creek Lake Adventures, which also owns Splash Island Inflatable Water Park.

“We were trying to create another outlet to get kids out and active,” said Operational Manager Jordan Smith. “The site also gave us the perfect location to create synergy with Deep Creek Lake. I think people who come to Deep Creek need a few more activities, especially in the fall. The course will offer some bombastic views of the fall foliage and whatnot. This is a great way for parents and kids to spend time together. It really is a great confidence-builder for kids and adults.”

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Price Improvement! 6 Bright Passage Lane #1C

Sporting high-end finishes and professionally decorated, this 4 level Villages of Wisp unit will blow you away! Upgrades include hardwood floors & carpet, fresh paint, new lighting, washer and dryer, designer furniture and new TVs. Seller also added 2 AC units. Seasonal views of the water. This specific area has a HUGE backyard area – perfect for entertaining or playing in the yard.

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How does a bear cool off at Deep Creek Lake? How else?

Why did the bear cross the lake?

Video Here

We’re not sure what prompted this bear to swim across Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, but he did reach the other side, as shown in the video captured by some recreational boaters on the water recently.

This particular bear couldn’t be reached for comment, but it certainly managed to get to the other side of the lake with energy to burn. Watch as the bear climbs ashore near a lake-side residence and jets off into the distance as boaters look on — shouting warnings to folks on land as the swimmer approached shallow water.

That video had 27,000 views as of Monday morning.

It’s not the first time a local photographer captured bears in the lake. Check out this video from 2016 here.

A bear presumably swam across the Susquehanna River last May when sightings were reported progressively more west in Cecil County before there was a report of one in Harford County.

In June of last year, there were 11 reported bear sightings in Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s County in a one-week span.

“You have a lot of young bears looking for territory to call their own,” Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said at the time. “Male bears need a pretty big hunk of territory, females less so. They keep roaming until they find an area they can claim. It’s all territorial, trying to find a new home.”

But most of the bear sightings in Maryland take place in Western Maryland — where, according to the Department of Natural Resources, there is a breeding population in the four westernmost counties. That includes Garrett County, where Deep Creek Lake is located.

A few tips from DNR: Don’t feed bears. Don’t panic or approach a bear. Back away slowly. If you’re outside, get inside the nearest building.

If you’re in the lake, boating alongside the Michael Phelps of bears: just keep a safe distance. And maybe do the neighborly thing like these boaters did and warn the unassuming folks on land.

Oh, and capturing it on video doesn’t hurt.

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