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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. Holly Solano, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Fish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek

Here is a photo of the 10" fish we caught in the Seneca Creek Stream just downstream of the Road bridge, in Germantown, MD on a worm and spinner. It took the line like a bass, and did a lot of drumming/croaking while we took it off the hook. It had a dark olive back, with prominent scale scallop pattern. Fish had no spots, no stripes, a soft white underbelly with pinkish tinge, and red fins. Silhouette very trout-like.

We are new to coastal estuary fishing, and wonder if this is a baby red drummer without a spot, or a baby silver drummer without the characteristic yellow fins? If it is a drummer, doss it seem odd that it is so far upstream from the estuary waters?

Thanks for any education you can provide us on our mystery fish. It is the first time she caught a fish we couldn't identify!

DNR Response: You caught a Fallfish. They are very common in our inland rivers and streams. They can grow as large as 15 or so.

Tags: Fallfish


  1. Steve Bosley, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 11, 2014 | Permalink

26 Inch Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Bloodsworth Island

26 inch Spotted Seatroout caught by Steve at Bloodsworth Island.

Tags: Spotted Seatroout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 65
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Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink

Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Savage River downstream of the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the wild trout population. The river is managed as a Trophy Trout Fishing Area with two separate management areas. The area from the dam downstream to the Allegany Bridge is a Fly Fishing Only Area and supported an amazing density of adult trout estimated at 1,179 trout per mile! The Single-hook Artificial Lures and Flies Area from the Allegany Bridge downstream 2.7 miles to the mouth of the river also had a very similar density of 1,170 adult trout per mile. Brown Trout comprise 82% of the population, followed by 12% Brook Trout, and 6% Rainbow Trout. Even a 14 inch Cutthroat Trout was collected during the survey. Many thanks to the MD DNR Fisheries Service staff, Wildlife Service staff, and Garrett College Natural Resource Program students that assisted in the surveys.

Pictured are 1) Jessica Klotz with a Brown Trout 2) Kelsey Hottel with a 12 inch Brook Trout, 3) Charlee Cramer with a Brown Trout 4) Zach Beal with a Rainbow Trout 5) Cinthia Myers with the Cutthroat Trout

Tags: Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 33
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Small Lake Venues Continue to Produce

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Our fishing this past week remains good for bass and bluegills as quality largemouths are active during low-light periods and on cloudy days. We caught several fish in the 3 to almost 5 pound range on a variety of plastic stickworms, surface frogs and a few on live bait while pursuing Channel Catfish. Central Maryland public and private venues are our targets.

Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds are sporadically spawning late into the summer and many quality fish remain close to springtime bedding sites. We like 1/64th to 1/200th oz hairjigs and Trout Mini-Magnets tipped with Gulp! Or live worms for these fish, some of which go one pound, but average quality size is 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound. Suspend them below a sensitive bobber and let the wind drift them through productive areas.

Pictured is Paul Sell with a fine largemouth from local water and some impressive panfish we kept for a meal, including a 10-inch, one-pound Pumpkinseed sunfish.

Tags: Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 33
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Panfish Bite Remains Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Mason-Dixon Region

Despite the mid-July time frame, we continue to have quality catches in both public and private waters along the Mason-Dixon region. My friend Patrick Korn and I recently caught and released 75 bluegills and punkinseed/pumpkingill hybrids on 1/200th oz Trout Magnets tipped with Gulps redworms on the morning of the 'thunder moon' of July and found spawning fish once again but slightly deeper than the June timing. We later scored quality largemouths at another 'under the radar' public venue in Carroll County.

On July 19 my son Matt and I worked hard with drop-shot/worm combos for quality rather than quantity for a variety of panfish from a local pond . Top fish of the day was Matt's 12 1/8 inch bluegill X green sunfish hybrid that weighed 1 pound 8 ounces. A couple of bonus slab crappies were also in the mix.

Barring drought or low oxygen conditions, smaller lake options should hold up well right into the fall. For bass, fish early and late in the day for active fish on surface frogs or stickworms.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumkinseed, Hybrids, Crappie, Green Sunfish Hybrid, Largemouth Bass


  1. Tim Campbell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on July 14, 2014 | Permalink

Bloodsworth Island Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Bloodsworth Island

Caught and released this speckled trout on Friday, 07/11/14 in 4' of water using a 6" chartreuse BKD with a barbless hook. Special thanks to Captain "Walleye" Pete for a fun day in the marsh.

Tags: Speckled Trout, Spotted Seatrout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Balto County Mixed Bag

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven and Upper Gunpowder

This report is from the past holiday weekend. Caught a few Chain Pickerel from Loch Raven, while running spoons over the grass beds. Catch and release of course. Also fished in the upper Gunpowder, near the NCR trail, in various put and take areas. The trout bite was excellent in the morning hours. Kept a few hatchery raised fish for eating, and released all the smaller browns, along with a few tiny Smallmouth Bass. Drifting small nightcrawler pieces along the bottom was the most effective technique. Tight lines!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Today I went to Lake Elkhorn on me lunch break from 12 to 1. I only caught one bass. It was 18 inches and weighed 2.66 I caught it on a Texas rigged culprit 7.5 worm in tomato color.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Gary Tremper, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Bushel of Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Rockhold Creek

Michael and Gary Tremper went crabbing at Rockhold Creek in Deale, MD at sunrise.They crabbed on the western shore of Rockhold creek and caught a bushel all like the crab pictured running a trout line.

Tags: Blue Crab


  1. Joshua Lerche, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Western Catch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Bear Creek

I was wondering if this was a tiger trout I caught at Bear Creek in Friendsville, near the main street bridge? We'd like your expert opinion. If it is a tiger trout was this a mix up at the hatchery or is it possible that it occurred naturally in the wild?

DNR Response: This fish does appear to be a tiger trout or a very oddly patterned Brown Trout. It also does appear to be a hatchery-origin fish. Nice catch!

Tags: Trout


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 20, 2014 | Permalink

Delayed Harvest at Casselman River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Casselman River

The Delayed Harvest at the Casselman River was excellent. Lots of rainbows up to 14 inches. Not crowded and a perfect way to spend the day. Wet wading kept things cool. The bridge is closed but you can easily go around the back roads to fish downstream. The fresh trout fish fry was perfect!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on June 12, 2014 | Permalink

Savage River Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

I had a great day and the Savage River all to myself as I put on my boots and grabbed my fly rod last Friday afternoon. I fished about a 1/2 mile of river below the Ph.D. hole. The river was a perfect level and since I didn't see any bugs in the air I decided to swing some streamers. Using a brown and grey muddler with some red flash proved productive. I landed a half dozen browns, 3 brookies and one rainbow. By late afternoon some bugs were coming up and I decided to try an mayfly pattern - very small. I had a big fish swirl my fly on the far bank on the second cast and landed one small brown on the dry. I also saw this interesting snake sunning on a rock in mid-river that I have not been able to identify. Any ideas?

DNR Response: That is a Northern Water Snake, a real beauty (if you like snakes).

Tags: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Northern Water Snake


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on June 11, 2014 | Permalink

Cash Lake Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Cash Lake

I went fishing last week at Cash Lake in PG County after work and caught only one Largemouth Bass on a 4 inch swimbait. It's mouth was messed up pretty bad I don't know what it could be from I was thinking maybe a pickerel because they are in the lake.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Heather Wingate, Recreational Angler
  2. Salibsury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 10, 2014 | Permalink

27 Inch Spotted Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Tangier Sound

Heather caught this 27 inch Spotted Seatrout at Tangier Sound on 6/7/2014.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout


  1. Grant Soukup, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 9, 2014 | Permalink

Trout Grand Slam

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

Here is a photo of a recent "Grand Slam" I caught in Deer Creek on Tuesday. A brown, rainbow, golden, and brook trout. I had to throw back a bunch to do it but managed to accomplish the challenge.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Raingow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout


  1. Bob Irvin, Recreational Angler
  2. Olney, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 4, 2014 | Permalink

Patuxent Fish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

I caught these three fish on the Patuxent River below Brighton Dam near Havilland Road. I believe the first is a Brown Trout. Is that correct? And what are the other two? Thank you for your assistance.

DNR Response: You caught a Brown Trout, a Fallfish and a Redbreast Sunfish.

Tags: Brown Trout, Fallfish, Redbreast Sunfish


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 33
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Posted on June 3, 2014 | Permalink

Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds and Pumpkingills

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

We were recently blessed to have found a small public venue where the panfishing was spectacular! We are catching bluegills to 10 inches, pumpkinseeds to 9.5 inches and numerous 'pumpkingills'a naturalized hybrid cross between a bluegill and a pumpkinseed. The hybrids are averaging over 9 inches and we have taken several in excess of 10 inches. Worms below bobbers and tiny Trout Mini Magnets are doing the damage. All fish were released.

The fish are spawning and the pumpkingill hybrids can be very spooky, occupying very large beds that can be as much as 2 feet in diameter. I originally thought that they were male pumpkinseeds, but they lack the white crescent and centrally located red tab on the opercular ear tab. Body dynamics on the pumpkingills favor pumpkinseed profiles, but the mouth is proportionately larger than true pumpkinseed sunfish. Very, VERY strong in fighting ability.

Pictured are my son Matt and his daughter Elena with a true pumkinseed and a few shots of the pumpkingills along with big bluegills.

Has the DNR shocking crews ever encountered such hybrids as these in Maryland waters? I have caught bluegill X redear sunfish in local waters, but never the bluegill X pumpkinseed cross.

DNR Response: Those are beautiful sunfish. We seldom see pumpkinseeds in the large impoundments in Central Maryland, anymore. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, we did encounter some pumpkinseed X bluegill hybrids that were naturally produced in Little Seneca Lake in Montgomery Co. Now it seems the redear sunfish have outcompeted and replaced pumpkinseed sunfish in Little Seneca Lake.

Tags: Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds and Pumpkingills


  1. Jayden Venable, Youth Angler
  2. Eldersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 2, 2014 | Permalink

My First Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Farmers Museum Fishing Pond

My first Fishing Rodeo I was up early and ready for action. Excited to get a few trout in the bucket. Even with all the rain and muddy water creating poor conditions at the Westminster Pond I figured the DNR had stocked the pond with very hungry trout. We were lucky the weather cleared just days before. The morning was slow and I caught 1-small Bluegill, 1-small crappie, 1-small catfish in the morning, but in the afternoon landed Two nice 14 inch trout. I took 2nd place in the under 6 getting edged out by 1/4 an inch. It was one of those days I will remember when I grow up. The people running the event and the DNR made my day!

Tags: Bluegill, Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Crappie


  1. Chris Snow, Recreational Angler
  2. Seven Valleys
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 30, 2014 | Permalink

Awesome 24 Inch Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder Sparks Bridge

Thank you for stocking this awesome 24", 6lb 8oz Rainbow Trout keep up the good work.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Steven Weisbrod, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 30, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Steve caught this 26 inch Spotted Seatrout on 5/23/2014 in Ocean City.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout

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