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

NEW REPORT

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

NEW REPORT

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: 22
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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: 42
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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: 42
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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


  1. Ron Wheeler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 10, 2014 | Permalink

Trout Hike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County Stream

Caught these beautiful wild brook, brown and rainbow trout on a very secluded stream in Garrett County, MD on 11/8/2014.

Tags: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Josh White, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 6, 2014 | Permalink

North Branch Election Day

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Northe Branch

I headed out to the North Branch after voting, and I fished a couple different sections of the catch and release water and the put and take water around Barnum with a good friend. A couple caddis flying around and some small blue winged olives in the afternoon, but most our fish came on indicator rigs. The catching was a little on the slow side, but the weather conditions were really nice, and the water was low and managable to wade (well as managable as the North Branch gets). Here was the fish of the day, a 20 inch male rainbow that ate a golden stonefly nymph. Great fight and a good looking healthy fish!!! He was released to give someone else a tug soon.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Nicholas Pirchio, Youth Angler
  2. Owings, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on November 6, 2014 | Permalink

Trout for Dinner

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert County Pond

Nicholas of Owings and his Grand Pop of Annapolis caught 4 rainbows and 1 golden rainbow trout in a Calvert County Pond, using trout dough balled on a hook. The other 4 fish pictured were given to the fishing duo by another angler at the pond. The trout ranged in size from 11 to 14 inches. All of the fish were cleaned, grilled, and consumed that evening.

DNR note: Sounds like you had a great fish fry! Nicholas and his Grand Pop were legal in accepting the fish from another angler but DNR would like to remind anglers that once they catch their creel limit they should not continue fishing, even if they give what they catch away, you will get a ticket.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Drew Metzler, Recreational Angler
  2. Central Alabama
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 6, 2014 | Permalink

Western Maryland Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Catch & Release

Visited family this past week and found time to make trips to the North Branch Catch & Release area on Thursday and Friday. Both days were overcast and cool but did not negatively impact the fishing. Caught numerous trout on in-line spinners including these two nice rainbows!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Schenk Brothers, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Fly Fishing for Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Just took a weekend fly fishing trip to the upper Savage River and caught some nice native brook trout. Amazing spot to fly fish.

Tags: Brook Trout


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Trout Fishing Report from Southern Maryland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Hughesville Pond

On Sunday, I went fishing with my dad at Hughesville Pond. I had a great time and I caught 3 rainbow trout. Here are some of the pictures that my dad took of me. With 2 of the trout, I brought up some weeds that looked like mistletoe. So for one of the pictures, I joking called it the mistletoe trout. I also want to thank DNR for stocking the ponds with trout because they are really fun to catch.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on October 28, 2014 | Permalink

Eager Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder River

I caught these rainbow trout last week, in the Upper Gunpowder River.They eagerly hit the spinner lure I was casting and drifting through the current. Thanks to the DNR for the fall trout stocking in one of my favorite spots!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Limited Out at Lions Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lions Park Pond

I caught my limit of trout at Lions Park pond today, most fish took a fly spinner. Thanks for the fall stockings.

Tags: trout


  1. Keith Craig, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on October 21, 2014 | Permalink

Big Beaver Creek Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Beaver Creek

Keith caught this beautiful 6.7 lb rainbow in Beaver Creek on 10-16-14. The fish managed to not be caught since the spring stocking of 2014.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 67
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.

Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 67
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Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Youghiogheny Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River

The Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area was recently surveyed with the help of the Garrett College's Fisheries Management Class. The upper station near Hoyes contained the highest density of trout, and some very nice trophy sized brown trout and rainbow trout. Even one brook trout was collected at this station. The lower Sang Run station had fewer trout, however we did collect some nice size rainbow trout and brown trout between twelve and fifteen inches.

Pictured is a 24.5 inch trout brown trout and a 16 inch rainbow trout from the Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Solomon Jovenal, Recreational Angler
  2. Westminster
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on October 10, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Trout Catch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Nice trout from under the 70 bridge in Howard County.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Delaney Hanna, Youth Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 9, 2014 | Permalink

Trout in Frederick

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Middle Creek

Delaney Hanna caught these trout out of Middle Creek in Frederick on Oct. 8th

Tags: Rainbow Trout

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