Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
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.
Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 8
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Booker Earl Reese, Recreational Angler
- Forestville, Md
- Total Reports: 2
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Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 70
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Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink
Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area Float-Stocking
Location: Town Creek
The Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas were float stocked with a total of 3,000 rainbow trout on March 16th. Bear Creek Hatchery and Inland Fisheries DNR staff were assisted by members of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited to float-stock the entire upper Delayed Harvest area, this section of the stream has some spectacular "cliff pools" that are great places to trout fish. We also float-stocked most the the lower area near the Bull Ring Ranch, an area characterized by fast runs and some large flat pools. Winter stoneflies were hatching and dark stonefly patterns in size 18 - 14 should work well. With winter now behind us - it is trout fishing time!
Pic 1 - TU and DNR staff loading up the float-stocking barge with rainbow trout.
Pic 2 - DNR staff floating the fish down Town Creek to be released in remote areas of the stream.
Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
- Frederick MD
- Total Reports: 6
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Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink
Nice Channel Cat at Culler Lake
Location: Culler Lake, Baker Park
My son and I were thrilled that the lakes and ponds are finally thawing out so we hit up reliable old Culler Lake on Saturday. My son noticed the rod tip bend and set the hook and fought this little hog all the way to the bank all by himself. A very stout channel cat that was 1 oz shy of 7lbs. Not our biggest cat from here but certainly a good one and a great way to kickoff the start of spring fishing for 2015!
Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 21
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Location: Potomac River
My friend Bob and I went out on the Potomac the other day and caught some nice Flatheads. Largest of the day was 46 inches. I kept 2 of the smaller fish (25lbs) for the table. The water temperature was still cold where we were fishing, 37 degrees. Looking forward to some warmer weather for sure.
Richard White, Recreational Angler
- Severna Park, MD
- Total Reports: 11
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Ice is Moving Out
Location: Severn Park Ponds
The ice is finally moving out and the fish started right behind it here in Anne Arundel. Fishing 2 local ponds in Severna Park, one is still a quarter covered with ice on March 15th. Slow going but pickerel and crappie have decided to cooperate. Live minnows on the bottom and under a bobber as well as Rapalas.
Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 10
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Time To Get Excited
Location: Dorchester County
It's time to get excited!!!...a trip to the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County confirmed my intuition...white perch to 13"...bass to 6.2lbs...an early snakehead bite...yellow perch...crappie...bluegill...catfish...carp...were all hungry and feeding with the first warm blast...things are looking up my cousin Ricky...and my friend Tom and enjoyed an incredible getaway...you won't catch em sitting home...get out enjoy what the great state of Maryland has to offer!!!
Adam Colvin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Gizzard Shad in Lusby
I caught this fish on Sunday, March 8 2015. This was in Lusby, MD on freshwater. I believe it is a member of the shad family but I cannot tell. Please let me know what you think.
DNR Response: It is a gizzard shad, which is a common resident species in lower salinity tidal rivers and some freshwater lakes throughout Maryland.
Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 18
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink
Savage River Brook Trout
Location: Poplar Lick
This past weekend I took advantage of the warmer temperatures and the melting snow to catch my first brook trout of 2015. After discovering that the mainstem upper Savage River had been rocked by high flows and ice damage, I decided to focus my efforts on the tributaries - specifically Poplar Lick. The day started well, with a beautiful 9" fish coming to hand on the second cast and the action remained fairly steady after that.
All fish came on a small, short-shank, #8 wooly bugger fished slowly as a nymph. The takes were very aggressive though and a strike indicator was not needed! I did see a few rising fish that were likely taking the few midges that I noticed hatching in the warm sunshine, but all of my action was on the streamer.
The forecast shows rain and high water for the remainder of the week, but as flows recede, shake of the winter blues, and go catch some brook trout! Just remember that if you are going to fish for brook trout anywhere in Maryland this year, we invite you to participate in our volunteer angler diary program! The data generated by this effort will help us to better understand and manage our brook trout resources across Maryland! The form can be found and downloaded by visiting our brook trout program page on the DNR Fisheries website.
Good luck and tight lines!
Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 26
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink
First Fish of 2015
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats
First day back at fishing after a long harsh winter with my buddy from work. We fished in Havre de Grace off the Flats. Caught the first fish of 2015 and three more along with my friend Nates other four we caught eight total. It was defiantly a great start to hopefully a great season to come.