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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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