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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. 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: 68
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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: 47
  4. View all reports by Richard P. Gunion →

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

  1. Christopher Bishop, Recreational Angler
  2. Salibsury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 19, 2014 | Permalink

Manokin Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Manokin River

Chris caught an award size 25 inch Spotted Seatrout in the Manokin River.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 47
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on May 16, 2014 | Permalink

Gold Trout are Fun to Catch

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

I just returned from a trip to Friend's Creek in northern Maryland. I had a rewarding day filling out my limit catching 3 different varieties of trout. Fishing was slow but toward the end of the day things picked up. I found out that my waders were shot leaking the whole day and the slippery going on the rocks did not help. I hooked several trout which just snapped my line as soon as I set the hook several times that day. There are some nice fish in there. The most memorable catch was a nice 15" plus Golden Rainbow Trout that I tried to grab with my hands after a tough battle. The fish struggled and flopped back into the stream-maybe someone else will catch it. I caught one brown and three rainbows. I ended the day hooking a nice Golden Rainbow Trout on a muddler minnow. This trout I managed to land even though it fell out of my hands but I managed to grab it in time. Filling out my limit I went back to my car and talked to an angler who filled out his limit in 15 minutes using power bait. Some anglers are taking the whole day, others just 15 minutes to catch their limit. I just wonder if the golden trout fight harder than other varieties. Please keep stocking them, they are a blast to catch. There is a second stocking and maybe next week after the rains will be good. Tight lines.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

  1. Keith Craig, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on May 16, 2014 | Permalink

18 Inch Brownie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Friends Creek

18", 2lb Brown Trout caught at Friends Creek. One large brown for one large Brown Victory!

Tags: Brown Trout

  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on May 16, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Rainbow From Casselman

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Casselman River

I decided to fish the Casselman River before the rain hit hard today (5/15/14) and had a pretty good day of nymph fishing. There were a good bit of caddis hatching and a few fish rising here and there but I stuck with my nymphs because they keep producing. Caught a total of 20 fish with 15 of them being rainbows and the biggest pictured below. Lost another one that was slightly bigger than the pictured as I was bringing it to the net. These rainbows were some of the hardest fighting trout I have caught in a while!

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Joe Haines, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 16, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Rainbow at Owens

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

Stopped by Owens Creek for a bit last night.. Caught a nice rainbow by the tressel bridge..!!! Was about 17"... Didn't see a whole lot of fish but they are there..!!! Lots of anglers out trying their luck..!! I'm on the hunt for some good browns...!!! Tight lines all..!!!!!

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Ed Dalkiewicz, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 15, 2014 | Permalink

Owen Golden Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

15.5", 2lb Golden Rainbow Trout caught on Owens Creek in Frederick County.

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. Jacob Holtz, Fisheries Service
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on May 14, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Trout at Daniels

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Daniels

I went fishing at the Daniels area of the Patapsco River State Park on 5/9 and again found success. Caught one rainbow and one brown. Missed a few more while I was at it. Also caught a handful of sunfish and a baby Smallmouth Bass, all on various inline spinners.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass

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