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There will be random drawings throughout the year 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. Don Cosden, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 9
  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
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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
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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
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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: 76
  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: 18
  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
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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
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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
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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

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