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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. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 48
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Looking For Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Antietam Creek and Beaver Creek

I just got back from fishing Antietam Creek and the Catch and Release Fly Fishing section of Beaver Creek. I fished in the afternoon at Antietam Creek near the bridge hoping for some early season rainbows. I did not have much luck but managed to hook a pretty 12-13" smallmouth bass on a wooly bugger. The fish fought hard making me think it was a big rainbow trout. After a couple of photos I put it back.

The smallmouth was my first fish of 2015. I did not catch anything else at Antietam Creek so I decided to go up to the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Section of Beaver Creek to fish in the evening. Had a couple of small brown trouts bite on a nymph pattern but could not hook them. I am looking forward to the weekend and the opening of all the put and take trout streams in Maryland. It could snow on Saturday but maybe not too much. Tight lines.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Brett Coakley, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Octoraro Creek Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Octoraro Creek

The weather finally cooperated a bit and allowed us to stock Octoraro Creek in Cecil County last week. With nice weekend weather, I wanted to travel up and assess participation in the fishery. I was pleased to see 10 anglers fishing when I arrived. Most were Cecil County residents, however others traveled a greater distance to fish since most other streams are currently closed until next Saturday. Although some ponds are open to fishing, most of the anglers I spoke with prefer to fish streams rather than ponds for trout.

Octoraro Creek is covered under statewide trout regulations, so anglers may harvest 2 fish/day. A trout stamp is required to harvest trout. The stocked portion of Octoraro Creek is located alongside Moore's Rd, off Rt 222 north of Port Deposit. Here is a map of the area.

Tight Lines!

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  1. Ryan Stouten, Recreational Angler
  2. Crofton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 20, 2015 | Permalink

Governor Bridge Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Governor Bridge Pond

I went fishing at the ponds on Governor Bridge Road for trout. I spent about an hour and caught my two trout as well as a largemouth bass. The bass was released and the trout were both named "Dinner". All caught on a rooster tail lure Thanks for stocking!

Tags: rainbow trout, largemouth bass


  1. Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 20, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of 2015

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Savage Mill

After this long winter and delays in stocking, the wait is finally over. I caught this nice 17.5 inch rainbow trout on my second cast this afternoon at Savage Mill.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
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Posted on March 18, 2015 | Permalink

Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area Float-Stocking

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Town Creek

The Town Creek Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas were float stocked with a total of 3,000 rainbow trout on March 16th. Bear Creek Hatchery and Inland Fisheries DNR staff were assisted by members of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited to float-stock the entire upper Delayed Harvest area, this section of the stream has some spectacular "cliff pools" that are great places to trout fish. We also float-stocked most the the lower area near the Bull Ring Ranch, an area characterized by fast runs and some large flat pools. Winter stoneflies were hatching and dark stonefly patterns in size 18 - 14 should work well. With winter now behind us - it is trout fishing time!

Pic 1 - TU and DNR staff loading up the float-stocking barge with rainbow trout.

Pic 2 - DNR staff floating the fish down Town Creek to be released in remote areas of the stream.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Poplar Lick

This past weekend I took advantage of the warmer temperatures and the melting snow to catch my first brook trout of 2015. After discovering that the mainstem upper Savage River had been rocked by high flows and ice damage, I decided to focus my efforts on the tributaries - specifically Poplar Lick. The day started well, with a beautiful 9" fish coming to hand on the second cast and the action remained fairly steady after that.

All fish came on a small, short-shank, #8 wooly bugger fished slowly as a nymph. The takes were very aggressive though and a strike indicator was not needed! I did see a few rising fish that were likely taking the few midges that I noticed hatching in the warm sunshine, but all of my action was on the streamer.

The forecast shows rain and high water for the remainder of the week, but as flows recede, shake of the winter blues, and go catch some brook trout! Just remember that if you are going to fish for brook trout anywhere in Maryland this year, we invite you to participate in our volunteer angler diary program! The data generated by this effort will help us to better understand and manage our brook trout resources across Maryland! The form can be found and downloaded by visiting our brook trout program page on the DNR Fisheries website.

Good luck and tight lines!

Tags: Brook Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on March 3, 2015 | Permalink

Hooked on Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lake Habeeb, RockyGap State Park

My cousin Mckenzie fished with me and my Dad at Lake Habeeb recently, she caught 5 trout and I caught 5 trout. This was my cousins first time ice fishing and we were lucky to find a trout honey hole. Dad spent his time helping us out and we realy enjoyed catching the fish together, I think McKenzie is now hooked on ice fishing.

Tags: rainbow trout, ice fishing


  1. Kenny Wampler, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on February 26, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing the Savage Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage Reservoir

For a change of scenery this ice fishing season, myself along with fisheries biologist’s Alan Klotz and Matt Sell decided to head to the Savage Reservoir to see what we could bring up from the depths. We were greeted with around 14 inches of good ice with a few inches of snow cover on top that came in handy as we were running from one tip-up to another. The fish didn’t need too much persuasion to bite, after setting out my first tip-up for the day the flag popped before I could even walk away to set the second and this fast action continued for most of the trip. Various jigs with maggots and tip-ups with a fathead were both producers throughout the day brining plenty of perch and a trout to the ice. The savage is not necessarily known for large jumbo perch like the ones of near by Deep Creek Lake; but this is made up for with a lot of action, large numbers of fish, and still being able to catch sizable fish to keep for the dinner table. For anyone looking to get into the sport of ice fishing, or someone like myself that was wanting a change, I highly recommend giving the Savage Reservoir a try.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Ice Fishing


  1. Jimmy Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 9, 2015 | Permalink

Almost Froze Catching Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

Middle Creek, Frederick MD… almost lost my fingers to frostbite catching these guys.. Two golden and two regular rainbows… all but one were 12 inches or better… Thanks DNR!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on January 16, 2015 | Permalink

Trout On Ice

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

I caught my first trout through the ice today after school. So glad Matt got me and dad into ice fishing, what a fun way to spend the cold winter days.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of the Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove WMA

On January 4, 2014, Elijah caught this rainbow trout at Myrtle Grove WMA using Berkley Powerbait. A total of three trout were caught that day. On sunny days, trout can provide winter action in places where they were stocked the previous fall. What a great way to start 2015!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Eric Koluch, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

Western MD Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Potomac

On 12/27 I fished from 7:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm in the North Potomac just north of Jennings Randolph Lake with two friends. Between the three of us we caught approximately 35 Rainbow Trout, 1 Brook Trout, and 1 Cutthroat Trout. Rainbow Trout ranged from 10 to 12 inches. Brook Trout ranged from 8 to 12 inches and the we did not get the Cutthroat Trout's size.

the rainbows bit on almost anything; white spinners, blue spinners, and a variety of artificial minnows. Brook Trout and Cutthroat only bit on the spinners. All were caught in the slower moving waters and pools after swifter water. Time of day did not matter. Half were caught in the morning and half in the afternoon.

The photo attached is the first catch of the day. A Brook Trout almost 12 inches in length and vibrantly colored. Almost a silver body with bright red fins. Never seen anything like it. Then again, it was the first Brook Trout I have ever caught.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 23, 2014 | Permalink

Gunpowder Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught a rainbow trout in the Gunpowder River along with a few others this past Monday, December 15th. Who could pass up an opportunity to catch fish on a 50° winter day? Spinners were the preferred lure of the day. Thanks to the DNR stocking efforts, there are plenty of fish to last the entire year!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs

Monday, 12-15-14

20' Walkaround

Nature blessed the last day of striper season with a flat calm, making a nice day for me and my two guests. I planned to try deep trolling in 50-65 feet of water through some holes on the west side of the channel. We marked a few fish at 55-60 foot depths, but were unable to work the deep holes because several watermen were set up there. It appeared that they had crab pots set deep right in the holes and were standing by to retrieve them. Trolling east of the pots in 70 feet, we marked a few more fish deep, but no takers.

There was a fleet over behind Summer Gooses, but after moving over that way for a look see we found they were watermen, maybe mechanical oyster dredge rigs. I picked up gear in time to try the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm water discharge an hour before the predicted ebb. We marked many baitfish and eventually my Dragonfly downvision marked a school of fish on the bottom to no more than 3' off the bottom about 600-700 yards east of the discharge in about 20-25' of water. By this time, we had an 18" speckled trout on a 7" yellow hot-rodded Hogy bait, and a 15" speckled trout and a 17-1/2" striper (released) on a purple 6" BKD (blue and sliver BKD covered in red garlic dye) with a hot-rodded 1-1/2 oz jig head. A light southerly breeze had picked up creating a rip on the south side of the stream, and the fish we caught were generally over on that side of the stream. The school we marked was probably specs given fishing results. Several other boats were fishing the discharge stream with no luck.

Thanks again to Shawn Kembro's light tackle fishing tips (new book is great!) and also Walleye Pete Dahlberg for teaching me how to fish the discharge stream. Shawn's and Pete's tips made the difference today. I was using my left-handed baitcaster with braid and a short shock leader, thinking down the line technique wise. The left-handed baitcaster feels natural to this righthander after years of using spinning reels.

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass


  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing the Upper Savage

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

I was able to get out to the Upper Savage River for a few hours today (12/17/14). It has been a while since my last trip and decided to fish the Put and Take area to target brook trout. It was a successful trip with one brook trout a little over 10 inches (pictured) as well as other bookies in the 6-8 inch size class. I was also able to land a couple of stocked rainbows with the largest at 13 inches. Nothing spectacular but fun to catch! All fish were caught while nymphing larger pools.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on December 16, 2014 | Permalink

Clear Water, Colorful Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Took a break from hunting on 12-13-14 and went fishing with Dad to Savage River. We both caught and released 2 very colorful rainbow trouts and missed a couple others. The water has good flow and is clear.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on December 12, 2014 | Permalink

Big Gills in 38 Degree Water

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

Had to scale way down to a 1/200th ounce Trout Magnet tipped with a tiny piece of worm for some quality panfish. The largest bluegills were in among submerged primrose stalks along the banks of a local pond. Two day total was 56 in 38 degree water...all on 2 pound test line. Hope to get out a few more times before the new year. Best bluegill was 10.25 inches, all released.

Tags: bluegill


  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliffs Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert Cliffs Pond

Having some time this morning I decided to head to Calvert Cliffs State Park for a little while. I thought I might try a jerk bait for a little bit to see if I could get a bass to bite. I had no luck with that presentation so I decided to switch to a Matzuo crankbait. I was able to cast to a couple of spots, just outside of a few tree limbs. A crank or two to get it down and I'd wait, a couple more and I was hooked up. At first I thought it was a largemouth, but to my surprise I found this guy at the end of my line. I guess this one has eluded all the fishermen who come down right after stocking. I snapped a photo or two and then released it back into the water.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Thomas Sova, Recreational Angler
  2. Roanoke, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 1, 2014 | Permalink

Cold Day To Be Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek/Rocks State Park

I caught this rainbow trout the day after Thanksgiving. It was tough fishing, temps in the low 30s. I caught this trout using a 4 wt fly rod with a #14 olive green wooly bugger on 3x tippet. Ice was forming in the guides between casts. This was a nice holdover from the Fall stocking. License fees well spent! Thanks for maintaining a first class trout stocking program.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on November 21, 2014 | Permalink

Big Sunfish in the Cold

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

The recent onslaught of cold weather has almost put the skids on the Mason Dixon panfish bite. However, we did manage some good fish this past week to include some impressive pumpkinseed sunfish and pumpkingill hybrids along with a lot of hen bluegills in the 9 inch category. Best seed was 10.25 inches...a personal best for me. All released.

We floated 1/200th oz Trout Magnet heads tipped with bait about 6 feet below a sensitive 1.5 in Comal weighted float to catch these fish. A few took Gulp! 1 inch minnows. Hoping for warmer weather!

Tags: pumpkinseed, pumkingill hybrids, bluegill

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