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There will be a 2013 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Max Erickson, Recreational Angler
  2. Pasadena, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 19, 2014 | Permalink

Fly Fishing for Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River and Patapsco River Daniels

Recently I fly fished the Gunpowder River (march 15th). I fished the catch and release section where the river meets York Road. I fished most of the day and saw lots of bug action and only a few rises. No fish were caught but I had a great time. The next day (march 16th), I headed to the Patapsco River Daniels section. I only fished here for about an hour and a half but was very succesful. Two fish were caught, both on scud patterns and in deep pools. Overall it was a great was to kick off the start of the spring.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 19, 2014 | Permalink

Lost Lake Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco's Lost Lake

First fish of the year. Rainbow Trout out of Patapsco's Lost Lake.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Elkhorn Lake

I fished Elkhorn Lake on Thursday March 13, 2014 from 12-1 pm. I was on my lunch break I caught two Rainbow Trout on yellow garlic power bait. I know the DNR cuts one of the fins off but one of the two I had caught didn't have any cut off. I'm assuming they just missed that one since there's a lot of fish.

DNR Response: Hi James, our trout program does not routinely fin clip the trout that we stock. The practice of fin clipping has only occurred in a few isolated trout studies.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on March 14, 2014 | Permalink

Ice Out Crappies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Small Public Lakes

I took advantage of the recent 4-day warm spell and found a couple of small public lakes that were free of the ice I thought would last til for ever! Using the tiny 1/200th oz Trout Magnet with a pink plastic and a single maggot, I got a nice mixed bag of 42 Bluegills, crappie and bass by wind-drifting the tiny offering on 4 lb test and a 5 foot drop below a sensitive bobber. Best crappie went 13.5, and it was a black-nose. Glad to finally fish open water with success as opposed to sitting on a bucket in the cold on the ice! Here are a few pics…

Tags: Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 4, 2014 | Permalink

Rain and Snow Doesn't Stop This Kid

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch of Potomac River, Barnum area

I fished at Barnum on 3-2-14 and caught 5 nice Rainbow Trout. The weather was cold, cloudy and rainy and then started to snow. We got a message from Mom saying the roads were getting snow covered up where I live so me and Dad headed home.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on February 25, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Savage Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

With a break in the weather we were able to get out and do some stream fishing today. I caught 3 Rainbow Trout, 1 Golden Trout and 1 native brook and Dad caught 1 rainbow. There is still a lot of snow and ice along the streams and we saw some places that the ice jams were 4 to 5 foot high.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden rainbow Trout, Brook Trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on February 25, 2014 | Permalink

First Fish of 2014

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Friend's Creek

I had a successful first outing for 2014 even though I only caught one fish. I started the day at Big Hunting Creek to take some photos of the water. I did not enter the water or fish there as there were many people fishing already. Many anglers were taking advantage of the 60 F sunny weather. I decided to drive up to Friend's Creek to see if any hold over fish were left. My first stop was one of the lower big holes and I had a strike from a fish but did not hook it. I continued to fish and finally hooked a nice fish on a black Wooly Bugger. The fish was stubborn and it took me a little longer to land it than the standard hatchery rainbow. It was a pretty 15" Brown Trout-maybe left over from the fall stocking. I took some photos and released it.

I continued to fish moving upstream to another big hole but caught nothing there. I tried another two holes further upstream but the muddy water made fishing difficult. I returned to the first place were I caught my Brown Trout but the stream had risen and the water was the color of coffee with cream and sugar. I talked to an angler who was driving by and he said there may be another two Brown Trout in the swimming hole downstream. I did not fish the hole due to the slippery snow. The snow dictated where I fished as it made access more difficult. Gave up and drove home. I am looking forward to the spring stocking and will return. Hope that 2014 will be a good fishing season. Tight lines all.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on February 25, 2014 | Permalink

Warm Day…Let's Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Kings Landing Park

Date: 2/22/2014, Time: 12:30 pm, Temp: 61, Wind: 15 kt, Tide: Ebb

Nathan took advantage of the break in cold temperatures to get out and do some fishing today. We went to Kings Landing State Park around 12:30 pm at low tide and fished from the pier. We were using fresh shrimp on a basic bottom rig with double hooks. Nathan caught two nice size channel cats and a couple of smaller ones. Great first day of fishing for the season. Nathan can't wait for the trout stockings to begin and the opening day of rockfish season. Today took care of the itch for now.

Tags: Channel Catfish


  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on February 25, 2014 | Permalink

Winter Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Little Falls

I realize that the cold and snow has kept MD DNR from its usual pre-season trout stocking of my favorite haunts, so when the warm weather broke on Thursday the 20th, I thought I'd see if I could stir up the wild trout which hide in some pretty tough spots along Little Falls in northern Baltimore County.

Despite the thaw, the trail was still a knee-deep trudge to the stream's edge. It took awhile but I caught a "limit" of 5 small but pretty browns (all safely released) before it got dark. I was deeply satisfied with my achievement but the horses on the farm nearby could have cared less!

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Oxford, MD
  3. Total Reports: 40
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Posted on February 18, 2014 | Permalink

Pre-Season Trout Stocking

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

As most fishermen know, it has been very cold this past month and we’ve all been living with snow and freezing temperatures. Maryland’s rivers, lakes and ponds have been covered with ice throughout the state and especially in the western portions. Traditionally, trout fishermen get to rub off some of the cabin fever that is normally associated with the month of February with the pre-season trout stocking that usually commences during the first week of February. The trout stocking program have facilities at the Manning and Unicorn Lake Hatcheries where they hold trout in special rearing ponds for trout stocking in the eastern, southern and central regions of the state. These ponds have been covered with ice making it impossible for crews to gather up the trout for stocking. The Albert Powell and Bear Creek Hatcheries have also been encumbered with ice and heavy snow and ice at stocking sites also negate stocking crews from accessing streamside with the hatchery trucks. The weatherman promises that warmer weather is due in the near future and stocking crews are eager to begin placing trout in your favorite pre-season stocking areas. To see stocking locations and updates check the trout stocking website.

Tags: Trout Stocking

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