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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. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye Season

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek

Anglers can expect another great Walleye season in Deep Creek Lake based on our recent electrofishing surveys. We sampled for Walleye in three areas of the lake (northern area, mid-lake area, and southern area) and Walleye were abundant at each station. We obtained a mean catch rate of greater than 200 Walleye per hour, which will probably be a record catch rate for Deep Creek Lake. Most of the fish were males in the 15 to 18 inch range, but we did net a couple of large females including this 26 inch, 6.3 pound trophy held by Fisheries Technician Kenny Wampler. The Walleye season opens in Deep Creek Lake on April 16th, with a five fish daily creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. The best fishing is at dusk to early evening using Rapala-type lures or using live minnows – and the Walleye are in very shallow water during this time period.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Justin Heslop, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Justin Heslop →

Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

40 Inch Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creeek Lake

Justing caught this Northern Pike on April 9, 2014 in McHenry Cove, Deep Creek Lake, MD. The Pike was 40" long.

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. Dave Liberatore, Recreational Angler
  2. LaVale, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Dave Liberatore →

Posted on March 7, 2014 | Permalink

Good Ice Fishing in Western MD

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I ice fished Deep Creek Lake on Sunday, Feb. 23rd, with some friends. It was a beautiful 45-degree day. We had good action on tip-ups all morning but no luck jigging; probably because we were too busy tending tip-ups to jig! Caught lots of small-to-medium Chain Pickerel, one nice Northern Pike, and several dandy perch like the 13-incher pictured. We also landed two beautiful Walleyes, the largest 23 inches (pictured). Having lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for 28 years, I can state that the ice fishing in western MD is as consistently good as any I experienced Up North.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Ice Fishing


  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 16
  3. View all reports by Matt Sell →

Posted on February 26, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Kid's Ice Fishing Day and Tournament

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

This past weekend a group of ice anglers held a kid’s ice fishing fun day and clinic at Deep Creek Lake. Sponsorships from various tackle companies and volunteer time by a group of great ice anglers made the day a success, despite high winds, high pressure cold front conditions, and very smooth/slippery ice. The day started out with donuts, cookies and hot chocolate as well as instruction about ice safety, such as how thick the ice needs to be to be safe, how to avoid bad ice, and what to do if you do fall through. Once that was complete, each kid was given a gear pack that included some ice fishing jigs, a tackle box, spring bobbers, a nice, warm fleece hat, ice picks (to pull yourself out if you fall in), creepers to keep everyone from sliding around on the smooth ice, and a brand new ice fishing rod and reel (plus more). Once safety was covered, the group headed out onto the ice where the kids received instruction on how to use ice fishing sonar, hand and power augers to drill holes, how to setup a tip-up (or fish trap), and various techniques for how to actually catch fish through the ice. The weather conditions for fishing were less than ideal, however, a few kids got to pull some fish through the ice before heading back ashore to cap the day off with hot dogs, chips, and soda.

This was my first year attending this event (which has become an annual event) and it was definitely a good time! I would suggest that anyone who wants to learn about how to ice fish and some basic techniques for catching fish would do well to attend next year’s event! Kids and adults were welcome and everyone learned a lot!

The day after the kids’ event, the adults had an ice fishing “tournament” as a fundraiser to help pay for next year’s kid’s day. Basically everyone gave a little money and the prizes given were braggin’ rights for the biggest Yellow Perch and biggest Bluegill - and with this group of anglers, those are serious braggin’ rights! Once again, less than ideal conditions kept many fish from being pulled through the ice, but folks did manage a nice creel of 9-10” bluegills and 9-13” yellow perch, and even a nice walleye! If you want to test your ice fishing prowess against some excellent ice anglers, come on now next year to test your mettle and help support the kid’s event!

Tags: Deep Creek Lake Kid's Ice Fishing Day and Tournament, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Bluegill


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on February 12, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Ice Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

The Northern Garrett High School Envirothon Club, teacher Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler and I ventured out onto the thick ice of Deep Creek Lake to have some fun ice fishing - a first time experience for all the students and the teacher. We made our own ice-rods by simply duct-taping a reel to the top part of a two-piece rod, tied on a # 10 hook, attached a bobber and a couple of sinkers to the line, and used live minnows for bait. Thank goodness we had a power auger to get through the 12 inches of solid ice! It wasn't long before the first bobber was pulled under the ice and a nice 19.5 inch Chain Pickerel was soon on top of the ice. Every student caught at least one fish, and the cold day was made more tolerable with a large thermos of hot chocolate and homemade brownies!

Pictured: 1) Emily Fratz with her first Chain Pickerel 2) the Envirothon Club: Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, Katie Carpenter, Blake Upole, Madi Gallagher with her jumbo Yellow Perch, Emily Fratz, and Brandon Raley. 3) Rebecca with her 13.75 inch Yellow Perch, and 4) Katie with her last-minute Yellow Perch

Tags: Northern Garrett High School Envirothon Club, Ice Fishing, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch


  1. Brent Nelson, Recreational Angler
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Brent Nelson →

Posted on February 12, 2014 | Permalink

Ice Fishing Variety

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Photo attached is a good mess of Deep Creek Lake panfish taken through the ice in Cherry Run on Deep Creek Lake last Friday, February 7th 2014. Fish hit jigs and Haley Spoons in 15 feet of water.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Bluegill


  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 16
  3. View all reports by Matt Sell →

Posted on February 11, 2014 | Permalink

Cold But Productive Day of Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

This past Saturday a few friends and fishing buddies joined me for a cold, but productive day on the ice at Deep Creek Lake. The day started slow, with just a few bites early, but as we found out where the fish were at, we began to ‘ice’ fish more consistently. At the end of the day, we ended up taking home our limit of nice, fat, Yellow Perch, as well as a pair of Walleyes over 20”. Along with what we brought home, another 10 or 15 perch were released, as well as 5 other Walleyes that were just shy of legal size. Attached are a few photos of some of the fish we landed.

Most of our fish came shallow - in less than 18 feet of water. However, the deep bite was fairly consistent all day long at depths over 30 feet as well. The best presentations we found were classic jiggin’ raps as well as small spoons and jigs, all tipped with maggots and fished slowly about 18” off the bottom. Occasionally if a fish was being finicky, we could coax them into biting by ‘walking them up’ off the bottom until they would commit. We caught all of these fish by being mobile and moving from hole to hole, constantly looking for active fish and covering ‘water’.

Ice thickness was around 8” of clear, hard ice on the area of the lake where we were at. Right now is a great time to break the cabin fever and catch a few fish for the frying pan until the “soft water” returns! Be safe and good luck!

Tags: Ice Fishing, Walleye, Yellow Perch


  1. Tom O'Connell, Fisheries Service Director
  2. Total Reports: 38
  3. View all reports by Tom O'Connell →

Posted on January 28, 2014 | Permalink

Never Too Cold to Fish!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

January 19, 2014 - As the Martin Luther King holiday weekend approached the weather forecast for an ice fishing trip with my son, Tommy, to Deep Creek Lake looked less than ideal. However, the annual ice fishing tradition that we began in 2013 was going to continue regardless. On our drive westward Sunday morning, my friend and colleague, Matt Sell was already on the lake fishing with Alan Heft and his son Andrew. Periodic text messages reported a few Yellow Perch with snow showers and heavy winds – in his words, ‘blizzard conditions’.

We met them on the lake around noon, and were fortunate that all of the ice holes had been drilled and there was a shanty to escape the sustained winds of 25+ mph with gusts to 40 mph. Several tip ups with minnows were set around the shanty in water depths between 14 and 19 feet. While we waited for a bite on the tip ups, we fished the holes inside the shanty with small jigs (Swedish pimple, friska, circade – all gold in color) tipped with maggots or minnow heads). The snow and wind were so strong that the tip holes quickly became snow covered, and it was not long before we focused solely on jigging.

Fishing was slow but we managed to bring home a dozen of Yellow Perch, several between 12 and 13.5 inches. Attached is a photo of a few of the Yellow Perch we caught, and of a nice Walleye that Matt caught the evening before we arrived. One thing for sure, it was a fishing trip that will be a life long memory for Tommy and I. Something that would not have happened if we were home watching television. Ice was 8-inches thick and will only be thicker with the 10-day forecast. So, find a day or two, head west and catch some jumbo perch from western Maryland.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Walleye, Ice Fishing


  1. Tom O'Connell, Fisheries Service Director
  2. Total Reports: 38
  3. View all reports by Tom O'Connell →

Posted on January 24, 2014 | Permalink

Ice Fishing at Deep Creek Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

January 10, 2014 – With no meetings on my calendar, and an invitation from a friend and colleague, Matt Sell, westward I headed to ice fish Deep Creek Lake. We arrived at the lake at day break, and found 8-inches of solid black ice. Weather conditions were beautiful – temperatures between 30-40 degrees, cloudy with some fog and no wind, yes no wind! We fished at water depths between 12 and 16 feet using both tip ups with minnows and small jigs tipped with minnow heads. Amongst the 7 jumbo perch and 4 Walleye (2 legal and 2 sublegal) that we caught, we had a coyote run across the lake within 100 yards and had a bald eagle land along the shoreline in a pine tree (we kept an eye on it so it would not snatch one of our fish that laid on the ice!). Hope you enjoy some of the photos taken from this trip, and get a chance to experience ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake this winter.

Tags: Walleye, Yellow perch, Northern Pike


  1. Michael Peters, Recreational Angler
  2. Hampstead, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by Michael Peters →

Posted on September 13, 2013 | Permalink

40 Inch Deep Creek Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek

Casey Fredrick and I had a good couple of days at Deep Creek Lake early this week. We caught every species of fish except for Largemouth Bass, most of the fish were on the main lake and in 12 to 24 ft of water. This is my personal best pike, it hit the 40 inch mark but it seemed pretty light for the length. I never got a weight but that pike I don’t think was over 10 pounds. "All fish were released"

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 11, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

We had a blast fishing Deep Creek Lake this past weekend. The weather was amazing and the water conditions were very clear. There was a lot of boat traffic on Saturday and a Bass tournament going on but we were still able to land a few smallmouths and a few pike or pickerel.

Tags: Chain Pickerel


  1. John Sweeney, Recreational Angler
  2. Waynesburg, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by John Sweeney →

Posted on September 4, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

John caught this 38" Northern Pike on 9/2/2013 at Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. Lauren Jochims, Youth Angler
  2. Gibsonia, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Lauren Jochims →

Posted on August 12, 2013 | Permalink

Youth Catches Award Size Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

10 year old Lauren caught this 27.75 Walleye while fishing with her brother Ryan at Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Shawn Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink

Western Maryland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Oakland

19.5inches 3.5lbs Largemouth caught in Oakland, MD near Deep Creek Lake! Landed using 5in (Strike King) soft plastic (Senco) worm (Pumpkinseed/Earthworm).

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

The Western Region Fisheries staff recently completed a comprehensive fish community survey in Deep Creek Lake, surveying 20 stations throughout all habitat areas of the lake. The sample was quite impressive in terms of both numbers of fish and the quality size of the gamefish and panfish. The yellow perch population is truly extraordinary, in just about each station we collected specimens in the 12 to 14 inch size range. Large bluegills and pumpkinseeds were also common and were still in the pre-spawn condition. It was encouraging to see better numbers and sizes of largemouth bass this year, many fish greater than 15 inches with a 22 inch 6 lb trophy collected in the northern end of the lake. While fish were present in all shoreline habitats, the shallow ends of coves with aquatic vegetation held the most number and diversity of fish - so anglers should target those areas for a great fishing experience.

Pictured is Fisheries Technician Marcus Wilson with 1) Pumpkinseed 2) Largemouth Bass 3) Yellow Perch 4) Brown Bullhead 5)Smallmouth Bass

Tags:  Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Chain Pickerel


  1. Thordan Graham, Recreational Angler
  2. Glen Burnie, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Thordan Graham →

Posted on June 5, 2013 | Permalink

Catch and Release 22 Inch Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Here is my catch and release citation size 22" Largemouth Bass caught on 5/26/2013 at Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Don Cosden, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 8
  3. View all reports by Don Cosden →

Posted on May 29, 2013 | Permalink

Western MD Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake, North Branch of the Potomac

I just spent a week fishing and camping in western MD. The smallmouth fishing on Deep Creek Lake was great. This trip is an annual rite of spring for me. I try to time it during the pre-spawn when bass are shallow and aggressively attack streamer flies, soft plastic jerk baits or tubes. A boat makes the fishing much more productive and if you’re camping at the State Park you can leave it at the docks right at the launch ramp. It doesn’t get any easier than that. This year was exceptional for the average size of fish. DCL doesn’t produce giants but it has a great population of 12” to 15” smallmouth and an occasional larger one. Mixed in will be lots of big Rockbass, Pickerel, Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch. If the water gets in the upper 60s and the Bluegill and Pumpkinseed move shallow you’ll have a shot at some of the biggest ‘gills you’ll find anywhere. Of course if you want to change tactics you can head to deeper water for Walleye which are also abundant in the lake. But I have a hard time putting down the flyrod and leaving the shallow water action. You can often watch the fish in the clear water as they rocket out of nowhere, grab your fly and all too often spit it out before you make your first move.

I was also lucky enough to float the North Branch of the Potomac for trout one day with guide and former Western Region Fisheries Manager, Ken Pavol. The river was high which meant weighted nymphs and indicators but the wild rainbows and several nice browns were plenty of reward for our efforts. There are a number of great guides floating the North Branch now days and they can usually show you an experience which will have you convinced you’re in the Rockies rather than 3 hours from DC.

Tags: Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Pumpkinseed, Largmeouth Bass, Pickerel, Rockbass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Rainbow Trout


  1. Greg Boyer, Recreational Angler
  2. Myersville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Greg Boyer →

Posted on May 20, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Here is a largemouth I caught on Deep Creek Lake, April 28, 2013.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Eric Richter, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Eric Richter →

Posted on May 13, 2013 | Permalink

Award Sized Northern Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I caught this 38.25 inch Northern Pike on 5/10/2013 at Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. Cody Kahn, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Cody Kahn →

Posted on May 8, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I caught this 40 inch Northern Pike last fall on Deep Creek Lake. I was fishing with a 7 inch pumpkinseed power worm, and I was using 8 pound test line. The fish took me 45 minutes to land... I released the fish successfully shortly afterI took my fair share of pictures.

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on April 19, 2013 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye and Yellow Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

The Annual Deep Creek Lake Walleye Survey was recently conducted by the Western Region Fisheries staff, and the lake continues to support a very abundant Walleye population. We obtained a catch per unit effort (or number of Walleye per hour of electrofishing) of 185 Walleye per hour. Most of the Walleye were males in the 16 to 18 inch size class. The Walleye season opened on April 16th, with a 15 inch minimum size, and a 5-fish daily creel limit. Anglers should target shallow rocky areas after dark using Rapalas or live minnows for best results. We also collected a lot of jumbo perch in the shallow shoreline areas, and using worms fished under a slip-bobber should work well. Yellow Perch regulations in Deep Creek Lake include a 10-fish daily creel limit, no size restriction, and a year-round open season.

Pictures include my daughter Jessica with a jumbo Yellow perch, my son Kyle with a nice Walleye, and the electrofishing boat live-well full of temporarily stunned fish ready for weighing and measuring before being released back into the lake.

Tags: Walleye, Yellow Perch


  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 16
  3. View all reports by Matt Sell →

Posted on January 29, 2013 | Permalink

Ice Fishing Deep Creek Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

This past Sunday a few friends joined me for the first trip onto the ice at Deep Creek Lake for the season. After the nice cold snap, ice conditions were finally good enough to safely fish, with thicknesses ranging from 4-7”. The fishing was a little slow, but steady, putting around 15 perch on the ice over about 7 hours of fishing. We also picked up two young northern pike and two small walleyes. Roughly half of the fish came on tip-ups, and the other half jigging.

Overall, it was a great day with beautiful weather and everyone had a blast. Especially the young man in the pictures, as it was his first ice fishing trip! I understand that he is very excited for his next trip onto the ‘hardwater’! Regrettably, the warm weather and rain may put a halt on ice fishing – at least for the near future. Anglers should be very cautious and check conditions before heading onto the ice again!

Tags: yellow perch, walleye, northern pike


  1. Drew Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Drew Miller →

Posted on November 26, 2012 | Permalink

Deep Creek Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

These photos are from a recent fishing trip to Deep Creek Lake with my father. I had a great day catching a mixed bag of gamefish including 4 and 5 pound largemouth bass, chunky smallmouth bass, and a northern pike. I was fishing a suspended jerk-bait.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike


  1. Marcial Amigo, Recreational Angler
  2. Edgewater, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
  4. View all reports by Marcial Amigo →

Posted on November 26, 2012 | Permalink

Annapolis Pickerel in November

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Annapolis Creek

On Saturday morning on a hunch and curiosity— I headed for my favorite pickerel hole in downtown Annapolis. I wasn't expecting much in mid November but was curious to see if anything was still in the creeks. I started casting in a spot that was productive all summer— a shallow, rocky and grassy area just 25 to 30 feet from shore. With a slow and fast retrieve of a rooster tail spinner bait, the first of 4 pickerel took the lure. On micro tackle these guys felt like little muskies— thrashing and jumping several times clear out of the water. In a about a half an hour I had landed 4 pickerel. They were from 18 to 24 inches in length. I've caught many pickerel in the same area but this was by far my personal best. That night I went to bed thinking of Sunday.

Sunday was another pickerel morning. 2 pickerel couldn't resist the rooster tail— both were hooked within 15 minutes apart. The last pickerel caught was hefty. So the final tally for the weekend was 6 pickerel hits and 6 were landed. I was very lucky this time— usually I'll lose a couple thrashing picks in the rocks. November pickerel are AWESOME FUN! All pickerel were released and unharmed for the next lucky angler.

Question for DNR: Do the pickerel stay in shallow water all winter or do they eventually go to deeper water?

DNR Response: Chain pickerel remain active during the entire winter season, giving many die-hard fishermen an opportunity during the cold winter months. Primary locations include tidal freshwater/brackish waters as well as freshwater impoundments, chain pickerel are a target species for ice fishermen on Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: chaine pickerel


  1. Harry Readshaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Harry Readshaw →

Posted on September 27, 2012 | Permalink

40 Inch Northern Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I was drift fishing off of Holy Cross at Deep Creek Lake, with white jig head and shiner with 8 lb test line. It took 45 minutes to land this 40" northern pike.

Tags: northern pike


  1. Daniel Simon, Youth Angler
  2. Kent, OH
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Daniel Simon →

Posted on September 17, 2012 | Permalink

My First Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I went fishing with my Dad at Deep Creek Lake on 9/11/2012 and caught my first fish a 10.5" smallmouth bass.

Tags: smallmouth bass


  1. Michael Siesky, Recreational Angler
  2. Hopwood, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Michael Siesky →

Posted on September 13, 2012 | Permalink

Deep Creek Northern Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

I caught a citations sized, 39" northern pike on August 4th at Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: northern pike


  1. Terri Belasco, Fisheries Service Technician
  2. Total Reports: 11
  3. View all reports by Terri Belasco →

Posted on July 31, 2012 | Permalink

Seining for YOY Bass in Deep Creek Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

“The Boss (Alan Klotz, Fisheries Western Region Manager)” sent us out on a miserable rainy day to seine for young of year (YOY) smallmouth and largemouth bass. There were some squabbles in the vehicle as we headed to our destination of Deep Creek Lake as to where we should begin. It ended as my co-worker Marcus Wilson stated “If you don’t check the weather station then you don’t have a say on where we go, its like, if you didn’t vote then just be quiet!” With that, a decision was made. We started by Cherry Creek Cove.

Captain Jody Johnson (Fisheries Biologist), Fisheries Technicians Marcus Wilson, Kenny Wampler, and myself headed out and conducted the fish reproductive success seine net surveys in the lake. Cursory results show that smallmouth bass reproductive success as determined by the number of young of year (YOY) per 50 foot seine haul was one of the highest abundance ratings to date. Largemouth bass reproductive success was rated as “good”. Yellow perch were abundant, with some seine hauls containing more than 100 YOY yellow perch. Other YOY species included bluegills, chain pickerel, golden shiners, pumpkinseeds, brown bullheads, and yellow bullheads.

As for my co-workers and myself, we survived the miserable weather, and it turned out to be a pretty good morning. I Love My Job!

Tags: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills, chain pickerel, golden shiners, pumpkinseeds, brown bullheads, and yellow bullheads


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 36
  4. View all reports by Devin Angleberger →

Posted on June 12, 2012 | Permalink

Fishing on Frank Bentz Memorial Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Frank Bentz Memorial Lake

Frank Bentz Memorial Lake is a small sediment filled pond in Thurmont Md, named after a great fisherman and one of the founders of The Brotherhood of the Junglecock, Frank Bentz Sr. The lake doesn't get much more than six foot deep and you can wade out into the middle of the lake where Big Hunting Creek flows into the lake. Wading out to the middle is the ideal fishing location as you can easily cast anywhere in the lake, during the height of stocking season, the pond becomes littered with anglers catching their limit. During opening day every year, you will not be able to find a spot on the lake even at 5:30 am

When stocking settles down there are lots of trout leftover, and these fish will feed on all of the insects that wash down from Big Hunting Creek, plus the many hatches of mayflies that occur in the lake. The fish will be positioned in six inches of water feeding on incoming insects, so you should wade out carefully and cast to each rise.

Late May or early June are prime times for fly fishing for these trout which can be caught on a variety of mayfly patterns. I also have had some great luck fishing a size 14 or 16 princehead nymph, be sure to add a little Xink to make the fly sink down quicker and you have a greater chance of letting the fish see your nymph.

This outing, I landed several and missed a ton, it can be hard to get the hook set on fish that you are casting to 50 feet out. Play the fish quickly not to scare the others. If you don't see risers after you land one, give it a break and head down to below the dam for some smallmouth, which many do not know about.

Tackle: Long leaders are a necessity in order to not scare the fish; be sure to match the natch and present the fly with a delicate presentation. I usually fish a three weight here, although some fish a five in case you do hook up with one of those 26 inchers that the DNR stocks.

Summary: Many people think, "oh it hasn't been stocked in two weeks, it is no good." Well, most of the time that is not true unless the lake experiences severe hotness. NOTE: Because we have received over 90 degree temperatures several times, there will not many fish left, but the ones that do survive, are the ones that pile up to the cool spring fed water of Big Hunting Creek.

Tags: trout, smallmouth bass


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Posted on May 31, 2012 | Permalink

Mid-Summer Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Various Ponds and Creeks

It is almost June, this means 80-90 degree temperatures and too hot for trout, right? Wrong, summer trout fishing is highly underutilized in our area. Most people think that all of the fish stocked will be caught or die when the water warms up. The fact is that in suitable streams (a suitable trout stream is one where the water temperatures do not exceed 65-67 degrees) only about 50-70% of trout stocked actually get taken home for dinner. Summer decreases water levels substantially and it is a lot easier to find trout then in other months when they could be virtually anywhere. Some key features to look for when trying to find summer trout holding locations are springs, shade, oxygen (in the form of riffles), and cover or deep water. Springs can be quite difficult to find, but I have found that the best time to locate underwater springs is in the winter when there are water plants growing around them. In a stream you could walk for a quarter mile and not find any decent holding spots, or there could be a spot every 50 feet, but usually they will not be close to each other. Some great locations for mid-summer trout are Owens Creek, Antietam Creek, Friends Creek, Beaver Creek, and some that might or might not hold fish during a hot summer depending on temperatures include Middle Creek, Catoctin Creek, Fishing Creek, and Israel Creek.

Ponds, as well, are highly under-fished in the months of May, June, July, and August. In most ponds the trout will die unless there is some kind of cold water source coming in. Just this past week, I was fishing Big Hunting Creek and only landed two, and on the way back, we stopped at Frank Bentz Memorial Lake. If you had looked at the lake you would have thought there was a breeze, but that was just all of the ripples from rising fish. The fish were rising to a massive mayfly hatch in which hundreds of trout were participating. If you were to drain any pond or lake, I bet anyone would be surprised at just how many fish are left. This mid-summer trout thing is really getting popular, I urge you to go out, because you will probably catch more than you did opening day. Remember: go early or late, because later in the day the fish will go deep to retreat from the sun.

Tags: trout

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