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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. Adam Fancovic, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on November 4, 2013 | Permalink

Great Seneca Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I tried trout fishing down at Great Seneca Creek for the first time last Saturday since DNR had stocked it earlier in the week. On my 6th cast I managed to sink my hook into this monster rainbow that gave me a great fight on 4# test line. Caught several more trout including a nice brown as well. Saw several other trout that were this size if not bigger but none would bite. Thanks DNR for stocking these quality sized trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Upper Savage River Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

I went to the Upper Savage River to do some fly fishing on 10/30/13 and 10/31/13. Both days were very productive with some real quality Brook Trout along with some stocked rainbows mixed in. The one rainbow pictured wasn't too long but had quite a large girth. Most were taken on Elk hair caddis with the rainbows preferring a small black wooly bugger.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

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

Calvert Cliffs Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert Cliffs State Park

Nathan was fishing at Calvert Cliffs State Park for the second time since the fall stocking began and was able to catch three nice Rainbow Trouts using corn for bait. After about 45 minutes of fishing we stopped because he wanted to enjoy the great recycled tire playground they have at Calvert Cliff State Park before the sun went down and got cold.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Fly Fishing Section

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

The catch and release, fly fishing only section of Beaver Creek was fishing very well the other day. I parked at the fly shop, and walked downstream to just above the U-turn, and fished upstream into the stocked water. I landed a few small ones on a double nymph rig; a size 16 cressbug with a little size 20 caddis pupae dropper. The water is very very low, and the fish are very spooky. I fished a three weight, with a 10ft 5x leader, and 6x to the dropper. Most lower pools you can high stick it through the runs, with a little split shot, and further upstream, I fished a small indicator. Very little surface activity besides a few small sips to midges, weather has been relatively warm, a few caddis might come off this week.

Tags: trout

  1. Mike Slepesky, Recreational Angler
  2. Adingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on October 31, 2013 | Permalink

Trout Fishing Q and A

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

I caught this Rainbow Trout pictured around 4:30 PM on Sunday at Deer Creek. I caught this the simple way, with a trout magnet. I am fairly new to the trout arena, so still learning their feeding habits. Next year I will take on learning fly fishing and doing it the hard way. I also caught around 8-10 Fallfish, some of which were pushing 12 or more inches and fairly good fighters. The trout was release unharmed.

Questions: I live near the Little Gunpowder. This was not stocked for the fall correct? Finally where was Deer Creek specifically stocked? I fished at the portion, where there is parking for the public, and the Park Office/Wo-Me-To camping is up the road just ahead within 1/4 mile. Then I fished further up just before a bridge and I am unsure of what intersection that is. Any help to know where the fish are specifically stocked would be helpful. Thanks for all that you do!

DNR Response: Little Gunpowder Falls was not stocked in the Fall. It is typically only stocked during the Spring season.

The Put and Take Trout Fishing area on Deer Creek extends from 1 mile downstream of Cherry Hill Rd upstream to the crossing of Rt 23 near Norrisville. The put and take area is an extensive stretch of stream that is regulated by all the put and take closures, bag limits, and gear restrictions. Within that area, we have public access at multiple sites and locations. Usually, areas that are routinely stocked will have put and take closure signs posted and are relatively obvious access points.

We only stocked the area within Rocks State Park during this Fall's stocking. Where we stock each individual put and take area may change with each stocking due to access problems, numbers of trout, equipment problems, etc.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Fallfish

  1. George Schroeder, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on October 29, 2013 | Permalink

Rising Sun Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: Rising Sun Pond

My son Jake caught two nice Rainbow Trouts on Oct 28th at Rising Sun Pond.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  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: 40
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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

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