Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
A 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.
Brian Kelm, Recreational Angler
- Ellicott City, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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Q and A: Fly Fishing for Stocked Trout
Location: Little Patuxent, Middle Patuxent, North Branch Patapsco, Daniels Dam, Morgan Run
After signing up for, and getting the DNR email about the recent stockings in my area last week I hit a few of the rivers this weekend (Little Patuxent, Middle Patuxent, North Branch Patapsco, Daniels Dam). Most of them are local to me so I've fished them with regular success scores of times. I know the holes and usually what the trout are eating. The strange thing about this weekend was that not only did I not catch any trout in the stocked rivers (except for one fresh rainbow), I didn't even see any! The water was very clear but all of the usual holes were empty. However, I did see several large, dead rainbows on the bottom in the Middle Patuxent.
I finally gave up and went to Morgan Run and hooked up with the usual local browns (see pic). This is the first year I've paid attention to the stocking calendar and my questions are; Do fresh stocked fish cause issues I'm not aware of? Do many of them die? Do they disrupt the feeding cycle? Are they eating bugs right away? Do they spook the local fish? Do they need time to adjust? Any insight would be helpful.
DNR Response: Do fresh stocked fish cause issues I'm not aware of? Yes, stocking hatchery trout into wild trout streams can impact the behavior and distribution of wild trout, generally the hatchery trout are more aggressive and push the wild trout out of the better feeding areas. There is also the potential to introduce diseases or parasites if biosecurity measures are not in place or adequate. MD DNR Fisheries has a policy of not stocking put and take trout into wild trout streams, this policy is upheld in almost all our put and take streams with a few exceptions that have been “grandfathered in” due to our long history of stocking certain streams. There are lots of scientific literature studies that explore this issue in many different ways. Do many of them die? No, usually mortality among the stocked trout is low. Do they disrupt the feeding cycle? Yes, they can impact the feeding behavior of wild trout that are already present in the stream. Are they eating bugs right away? Usually it takes some time, before hatchery trout adapt to feeding on natural food items, however they will instinctively feed on anything that looks like food. Do they spook the local fish? Yes, see previous answers. Do they need time to adjust? Yes, see previous answers.
Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Great Catch By 5 Year Old
Location: Calvert Cliff State Park Pond
Nathan, age 5 caught this nice Rainbow Trout while fishing at Calvert Cliff State Park on 10/20/2013 right after his baseball game. He was using an ultra light rod with spinning reel and 4lb. Mono. His bait of choice was two whole corn kernels from a can on a size 12 salmon egg hook.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 39
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Friends Creek Rainbows
Location: Friend's Creek
Friend's Creek has good fishing for Rainbow Trout though they can be fussy eaters. I started out the day trying two pools and had follow throughs, though no bites on wooly buggers and nymphs. Finally downstream I had some luck on the wooly bugger. I stopped at the big rock pool and joined a group of fisherman who were trying to catch two big trout under the rock ledge but in spite of the best efforts of the entire group no one caught anything except a large fallfish. Live bait would not work either. These fish are tough to fool even though they are hatchery fish. Wished the group good luck and went downstream and caught a nice rainbow in one of the plunge pools.
I returned to the big rock pool to try again even putting a piece of discarded live worm bait on my fly but these fish would not bite. I saw an unusual site which was two beautifully colored 16" Brown Trout chasing each other and biting each other. Is this spawning behavior? Do wild Trout exist in Friend's Creek?
I continued fishing, catching another Rainbow on the wooly bugger and two more on nymphs close to evening. I filled my limit after 6 hours of fishing. The fall foliage is pretty and there are still some fish left but be prepared to take your time filling out your limit. Friend's Creek might be stocked again hopefully with a mix of rainbows and Brown Trout.
DNR Response: A mix of rainbow and brown trout were stocked into Friend’s Creek last week. Wild trout will be spawning throughout MD from mid-October through late November. The stocked BrownTrout you saw chasing one another may have been exhibiting pre-spawn behavior or just competing for the best habitat in the stream. Friends Creek does not support a wild trout population mainly due to water temperatures becoming too warm during the summer months.
Curtis Pickeral, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Posted on October 15, 2013 | Permalink
Small Brown Trout
Location: Upper Gunpowder
On Saturday, October 12th I caught (and released) several small Brown Trout in the Upper Gunpowder near Parkton, Maryland. Drift fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom was the most effective rig of the day. Although all the fish were relatively small native fish in the 6-10" range, their bellies were stuffed! Most likely with all the stonefly nymphs that you could see floating in the water. The second picture is another reminder to watch where you step, especially near the waterline!
Jennifer Kravassi, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 15, 2013 | Permalink
Early Morning Rainbow Trout
I caught this beauty early in the morning on "ol' yellow", my favorite (and most successful) spinner of the year. Thank you MD DNR for offering a fall stocking program. I would have tried some of the local streams that were restocked this past week, but everything is high, fast running and the color of coffee with all this well needed rain.
John Chacos, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 10, 2013 | Permalink
Fish Population Changes in the Bay
Location: The Bay
Does the DNR believe the bay is going through some type of transition with fish species? The bay now has significant populations of mackerel, Bluefish, redfish which are showing up everywhere and some are very large. Speckled Trout, which have not been seen for years are being caught in the upper bay. I've caught some in the Severn River. Not to mention the rockfish population continues to be very strong.
DNR Response: Our coastal fish populations often go through various stages of abundance; if one looks at these variations in abundance of various fish species over time they tend to be more acceptable. Fishermen who have fished on the bay for 50 years or more have witnessed surges in populations in large Bluefish, Sea Trout, Cobia, large Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Northern Blowfish, flounder, croakers and the list could go on.
Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
- Finzel / Frostburg MD
- Total Reports: 10
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Posted on October 7, 2013 | Permalink
Savage River Rainbow
Location: Savage River
I caught this Rainbow Trout at the Savage River on Saturday after attending the field day and written test part of the hunters education course at New Germany Park. The streams are now very low and clear making trout fishing a little hard and I only ended up catching 2 trout. Good news is that I passed the hunters education safety course and now have my hunters education certificate. I want to thank all the instructors and volunteers for everything they did to make the course interesting and for teaching me about safe hunting.
Steve Miller, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 7, 2013 | Permalink
Honga River Fishing
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Honga River
Elk Neck State Park Seasonal Maintenance worker Steve Miller was fishing the Honga River and caught this 21" rockfish and 16" Speckled Trout and several other smaller rockfish on 9-30-13 using peeler crabs and blood worms in about 4' of crystal clear water.
Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 59
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Posted on October 4, 2013 | Permalink
NBPR C&R Trout Fishing Area Survey
Location: North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area
The upper North Branch Potomac River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area Survey:
The upper North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area (just downstream of the Jennings Randolph Lake) was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the trout population. We did document a relatively low density of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, however there were some trophy-sized wild trout in the population. Wild Rainbow Trout up to 20 inches and Brown Trout measuring 13 inches were collected. A fall stocking of Rainbow Trout will take place this month to improve fishing in this section of the river. Also the Put and Take Trout Fishing Areas at Barnum and Westernport will receive a total of 1,600 Rainbow Trout in October. The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class provided the necessary manpower to conduct the survey.
Pictured: 1) Garrett College Class with trophy Rainbow Trout 2) Rainbow Trout 3) Brown Trout