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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. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 28, 2013 | Permalink

A Couple Nice Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Fished in Western MD

Dad and I took a break from hunting to do some trout fishing on Sunday. Thanks to the Fisheries Service fall stockings we were able to catch a couple nice rainbows and golden trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on October 28, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lower Beaver Creek

I decided to take advantage of the fall stocking of lower Beaver Creek. I started fishing one of the holes by a small bridge. I talked to a fisherman who had been there for 3 hours in the morning and he caught only one trout. Fishing was slow but there were plenty of trout in the creek. I tried streamers and nymphs but these fish would not budge. One man gave directions to the mill so I went there and found a bunch of fisherman catching one here and there but I had no luck. One fisherman gave me a black and pink wooly bugger to try but still no luck. He had already caught his limit and said that the fly needed some color to get a strike. The fish would chase it but not bite. I guess that one day of heavy fishing pressure can make a lot of difference.

I headed up to Middle Creek to see if it had received another stocking. In one of the big pools I saw some Smallmouth Bass and maybe one Rainbow Trout but still the same thing happened-these fish would not bite. Water levels were really low and clear in Middle Creek which is usually slightly muddy.

I returned to Beaver Creek and the first place I fished at in the morning and hooked a Rainbow Trout on the black and pink wooly bugger. I landed him but did not get any more bites. Tried nymphs and finally a green streamer which got a strike but I lost the fish. The trees and limbs claimed quite a few of my flies and leaders as I could not help getting my fly line hooked in them.

I decided to go back to the mill and fished a streamer in one of the runs. Still no luck. It looked like my wife and I would only have one fish to share for dinner. Then I remembered a spot under one of the bridges at the mill. There were a bunch of trout stacked up in hole but still the same story-they would not bite on anything. I switched to tiny bead had nymph and tipped it with some leftover purple power bait. This did the trick and I soon filled my limit catching four fish at the mill in the late afternoon. I had to carefully maneuver the nymph so it would float directly into the trout's mouth. If it was off by 2 inches-no bites. It was a happy ending to an otherwise slow day of fishing. There might not be much left by now as the two put and take locations are receiving a steady stream of anglers. Most of the fish are small but good eating.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Matthew Schenk, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on October 25, 2013 | Permalink

Upper Savage River Brookie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Before this Monday/Tuesday I had only caught one Brook Trout in upstate NY and never any in MD. Reason being their habitat in the state if MD is almost limited to the Upper Savage River watershed according to the literature I have discovered and researched online. Whenever somebody reports a Brook Trout they never say exactly where it was caught but I don't mind telling everyone because the unknown cannot be protected. I have also seen many reports from the Upper Savage with fisherman saying that they never even saw a thing moving.

Well I had two field days in a row up there and that was without ever having any experience brookie fishing previous to this trip. I saw a very healthy population throughout every portion of the Upper Savage that I had a chance to fish. It seemed that there was a fish in every pool I found and most of them were very aggressive taking a tan or yellow body caddis in size 16 or 14 or BWO in size 20 and 16. Even the tight shallow dribbles of water that were tribs to the Savage or flow into the reservoir (these can all be seen from Savage River Road or in Big Run State Park) were surprisingly loaded with Brook Trout. If it weren't for my short 5'8" 4wt fly rod, which allows for very accurate technical casting, I don't think I would have had the success that I experienced due to the many obstacles that surround these small tributaries. The fish were very spooky also. If I came within 15 ft of a pool I saw wakes from trout flying around frantically, then when you walk up to see what was in there they would all find cover under the incredibly slippery rocks. I discovered quickly that impossible 15-20 foot casts through overhanging branches into the pool before you scout it was the only way to get them. That being said if you have the skill set to do that you will land fish after fish. A stealthy approach is key in these slow shallow streams and NEVER work your way downstream always upstream, the fish see you long before you see them! I wish more people would report Brook Trout locations instead of trying to keep it so low key and under wraps. This was a beautiful ecosystem almost untouched by pollution and development so lets all help keep it that way. Tight lines everyone!

Tags: Brook Trout


  1. Eduardo Marte, Recreational Angler
  2. Middle River, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on October 25, 2013 | Permalink

Stansbury Park Pond Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Stansbury Park Pond

My wife and I went to Standsbury Park in Dundalk this morning to have a walk and also to wait and watch for the stocking of trout on this pond. While waiting I decided to get my light rod and play around by casting and there was a bite. I used a plastic shad lure. This Largemouth Bass measured 14 inches. I returned the fish back to water unharmed after taking a few pictures.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Brian Kelm, Recreational Angler
  2. Ellicott City, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on October 22, 2013 | Permalink

Q and A: Fly Fishing for Stocked Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
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.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout


  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on October 22, 2013 | Permalink

Great Catch By 5 Year Old

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
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.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on October 22, 2013 | Permalink

Friends Creek Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
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.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Fallfish, Brown Trout


  1. Curtis Pickeral, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 18, 2013 | Permalink

Rainbow Lake Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Rainbow Lake

Caught this 14 inch trout at Rainbow Lake in Thurmont around noon on Oct 17.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on October 15, 2013 | Permalink

Small Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
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!

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Jennifer Kravassi, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 15, 2013 | Permalink

Early Morning Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

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.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

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