Cumberland, Maryland (Sports)
them at the lake or hauling them to the lake on occasion.
12. Describe the popularity of fishing and hunting as popular sports in the Cumberland area. What were good fishing locations? What kind of fish were caught most often? What was the most popular form of hunting? For what kind of game?
These sports have always been popular in the Cumberland area, more so before the river and streams became polluted. While a great number of local people do go fishing, it is mostly away from Cumberland. Fishing is allowed in the lake at Rocky Gap Park. A good many go fishing in Deep Creek Lake. At one time, fishing was good in the Potomac River at Cumberland, as well as in Wills Creek and Evitts Creek. When the Potomac River was high and muddy, many people would dip net. A mesh net, six to eight feet square fastened to a long pole, would be lowered into the water. After some time, the net would be raised and the fish would be taken out. Then the action would be repeated. There were a number of clubs locally of which the members would have yearly camping trips to either hunt or fish. One hunting and fishing club here now is the Cumberland Outdoor Club. Some of the clubs that did camp, but not now in existence, were the Crescent Fishing and Pleasure Club and the Cardinal Club. Local fishermen even today go long distances to fish, some as far as Brunswick, Maryland, and some to the Chesapeake Bay. Many fishermen fish in Pennsylvania at Lake Gordon and at Koon Dam, which is Cumberland's water supply. Fishing was also done in Town Creek, as well as in the waters of nearby West Virginia. They fished for bass, suckers, carp, catfish, sunfish,
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976