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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. 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: 20
  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: 9
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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
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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
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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: 65
  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
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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

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