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There will be a 2014 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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 34
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Posted on June 3, 2014 | Permalink

Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds and Pumpkingills

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

We were recently blessed to have found a small public venue where the panfishing was spectacular! We are catching bluegills to 10 inches, pumpkinseeds to 9.5 inches and numerous 'pumpkingills'…a naturalized hybrid cross between a bluegill and a pumpkinseed. The hybrids are averaging over 9 inches and we have taken several in excess of 10 inches. Worms below bobbers and tiny Trout Mini Magnets are doing the damage. All fish were released.

The fish are spawning and the pumpkingill hybrids can be very spooky, occupying very large beds that can be as much as 2 feet in diameter. I originally thought that they were male pumpkinseeds, but they lack the white crescent and centrally located red tab on the opercular ear tab. Body dynamics on the pumpkingills favor pumpkinseed profiles, but the mouth is proportionately larger than true pumpkinseed sunfish. Very, VERY strong in fighting ability.

Pictured are my son Matt and his daughter Elena with a true pumkinseed and a few shots of the pumpkingills along with big bluegills.

Has the DNR shocking crews ever encountered such hybrids as these in Maryland waters? I have caught bluegill X redear sunfish in local waters, but never the bluegill X pumpkinseed cross.

DNR Response: Those are beautiful sunfish. We seldom see pumpkinseeds in the large impoundments in Central Maryland, anymore. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, we did encounter some pumpkinseed X bluegill hybrids that were naturally produced in Little Seneca Lake in Montgomery Co. Now it seems the redear sunfish have outcompeted and replaced pumpkinseed sunfish in Little Seneca Lake.

Tags: Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds and Pumpkingills


  1. Jayden Venable, Youth Angler
  2. Eldersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 2, 2014 | Permalink

My First Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Farmers Museum Fishing Pond

My first Fishing Rodeo I was up early and ready for action. Excited to get a few trout in the bucket. Even with all the rain and muddy water creating poor conditions at the Westminster Pond I figured the DNR had stocked the pond with very hungry trout. We were lucky the weather cleared just days before. The morning was slow and I caught 1-small Bluegill, 1-small crappie, 1-small catfish in the morning, but in the afternoon landed Two nice 14 inch trout. I took 2nd place in the under 6 getting edged out by 1/4 an inch. It was one of those days I will remember when I grow up. The people running the event and the DNR made my day!

Tags: Bluegill, Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Crappie


  1. Chris Snow, Recreational Angler
  2. Seven Valleys
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 30, 2014 | Permalink

Awesome 24 Inch Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder Sparks Bridge

Thank you for stocking this awesome 24", 6lb 8oz Rainbow Trout keep up the good work.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Steven Weisbrod, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 30, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Steve caught this 26 inch Spotted Seatrout on 5/23/2014 in Ocean City.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout


  1. Mark Fike, Recreational Angler
  2. Frostburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 30, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Savage Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

My son Ethan, friend Jerry Knox, and I fished the upper Savage this past Saturday, landed a 20 inch Rainbow Trout on a fly spinner. Caught several other trout in the 11 to 13 inch range. Great start for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on May 29, 2014 | Permalink

Fish ID

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patuxent River

I went fishing at the Patuxent River in Crofton, MD. I caught these two fish and was wondering what type they are. I also saw a lady down river catch a three pound Striped Bass.

DNR Response: The first fish is a Red Breast Sunfish and second a White Sucker.

Tags: Red Breast Sunfish, White Sucker


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on May 28, 2014 | Permalink

Western MD Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River and Glendenning Park Pond

Me and my Dad fished Savage River last weekend on 5-17-14 during the high water flow. Between Dad and I we caught 8 Rainbow Trout in the main stream and then I landed and released this nice native Brook Trout in one of the small feeder streams. The next morning 05-18-14 Dad took me down to Frostburg and I caught 5 nice Rainbow Trout from the fishing peir at Glendenning Park Pond.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow trout


  1. Jeff Webber, Recreational Angler
  2. Clarksville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 28, 2014 | Permalink

Centennial Lake Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Lake

I caught this 12" Rainbow Trout on a pink, split tail grub (1.5" long) on a jig head. Casted it out by the spillway used a bouncing, slow retrieval. Raining pretty hard with intermittent sunshine… and then rain again.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 65
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Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Habeeb at Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Rocky Gap State Park

The Western Region Inland Fisheries crew recently conducted a fish population survey in the 243 acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park. The Inland Fisheries Service's efforts to establish a population of Redear Sunfish has been successful, as these large panfish were abundant throughout the lake. Many of the Redears were in the 9 - 10.5 inch size class, and were thick bodied. Redear Sunfish fingerlings were stocked in the lake from 1998 until 2002. The lake also supports a good population of nice-sized Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds. Yellow Perch were common, and perch measuring 12.5 inches were collected. Largemouth Bass were abundant, however the population was dominated by bass in the 9 - 11 inch range, and they tended to be thin. However, we did collect a few trophy Largemouth Bass greater than 20 inches. We will be exploring some fishery management options to improve the Largemouth Bass population. Other fish species of note was a good sized Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout were rising to mayflies everywhere on the lake.

Pictured is Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with 1) Redear Sunfish 2) Bluegill 3) Channel Catfish 4) Largemouth Bass

Tags: Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass,Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Fish Population Survey


  1. Richard P. Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink

Friend's Creek Brown Trout

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

Had another great day at Friend's Creek in Maryland fishing for trout. I started out the day at Owen's Creek only to find it high and muddy. Thought it would be clear by now. Had a few strikes from fish but gave up after awhile and headed up to Friend's Creek. The fishing there was better since the creek was not as high with clearer water. I hooked up with two rainbows and then fishing was slow. Had my lunch and went downstream. Hooked up with a nice Rainbow Trout and then headed down to the swimming hole on the hopes that it was stocked with some nice Brown Trout. Caught two more Brown Trout making my limit. After that I fished for fun hooking some nice 13" trout then a nice 17" Brown Trout. All of these fish fought hard and were hooked on a streamer pattern then released. The swimming hole lived up to its reputation. After talking to several other anglers I found out that a nice Rainbow Trout was caught there the week before. Looking forward to rest of the season and great fishing. Tight lines.

Tags: Rainbow, Brown Trout

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