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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. Adam Eshleman, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Adam Eshleman →

Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Central Maryland Brook Trout Sampling Update

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore County Stream

Maryland DNR Inland Fisheries staff have been busy sampling Brook Trout streams these past few weeks. The video was taken in a Baltimore County stream that has been consistently sampled since the mid 1990s. 10-15 Brook Trout were collected from this one pool alone and multiple fish were over ten inches. Central region staff in the video include Todd Heerd using the electrofishing unit, Regional Manager Mark Staley and Adam Eshleman are netting fish. The video was shot by Inland Fisheries Manager of Regional Operations Charlie Gougeon.

Tags: brook trout


  1. William Flint, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Pond Hopping

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Whetstone in Montgomery Village

I end up having an unexpected fishing outing while the wife was helping a friend. I drove between a couple of ponds in Gaithersburg when this one hit my Terminator 1/8 oz Pink Trout inline while finesse fishing near over-hanging trees. I was glad I was able release it so a kid might catch it someday and become hooked on fishing.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
  4. View all reports by Matthew Bishop →

Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

At It Again

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing on the West River with their parents on Saturday June 20. They caught 18 crabs using a trout line.

Tags: blue crabs


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Brown

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught this brown trout in the Gunpowder River in Sparks, MD last week, on 6/13/15. It weighed over 5 lbs, and measured 24". Despite the 90+ degree summer weather, the fish were still biting actively on live nightcrawlers.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing for Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek and Friends Creek

I just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. I arrived at Owens Creek and found it to be high and muddy. Even so I hooked and lost a brown trout. Tried some other pools but no luck. Decided to try Friends Creek even though most fish have been caught. Friends Creek was also high and muddy. I hooked and lost a trout in upper Friends Creek then decided to try downstream. Best fish of the day turned out to be a 12" brown trout. I let it go. Caught and released a rainbow trout further downstream in one of the large pools. All trout were caught on a green wooly bugger. If the rains continue trout streams will be muddy and harder to fish. Still fishing is worthwhile and a good way to spend a summer day.

Tags: brown trout, rainbow trout


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
  3. View all reports by Montana Grant →

Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: upper Deer Creek

Here is a picture of a nice limit of trout from the upper Deer Creek last week. Fly fishing is getting better. I used beetles and ants to catch a boatload of nice trout. This limit was enjoyed for dinner!

For more Montana Grant, check out his website at www.montanagrantfishing.com.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. James Johnson, Fisheries Intern
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Sampling for Brook Trout with DNR

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Various Streams

As of this summer I have had the privilege of working under Alan Heft and Matt Sell at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory based in Frostburg, MD. Being an avid angler from early childhood, the experience to work with these two on their western Maryland brook trout population sampling research has been an incredible experience already in the short two weeks that I have held the position. Thus far we have completed a qualitative sample of one restoration site, and quantitative samples at two other area runs. As previously stated, I have fished my entire life and have even fished some of the areas that we have and will sample. However, nothing has been more eye opening to the abundance of aquatic life than experiencing first-hand an electrofishing site sample. I was stunned to find sixty or so brook trout in a stretch of stream merely seventy-five meters in length. Keep in mind that these streams, for the most part, are only inches deep at parts and around two meters wide. Nothing is more fun than netting a 9-10 inch brook trout out of a stream so small. I am definitely looking forward to some of the larger sampling sites, as I’ve heard that it wouldn’t be uncommon to net over 100 brook trout in the first pass alone.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Ryan Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Ryan Bishop →

Posted on June 15, 2015 | Permalink

These Boys are Catching Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southenr
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop caught 20 crabs on Saturday, June 13, 2015 on the West River using a trout line baited with chicken necks. The boys were crabbing with their parents.

Tags: blue crabs


  1. Brian Kelm, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 12, 2015 | Permalink

Middle Patuxent Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Patuxent

I caught this golden rainbow on the fly rod in the Middle Patuxent with a San Juan worm!

Tags: golden rainbow trout


  1. George Schroeder, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on June 9, 2015 | Permalink

First Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bynum Run

My son jake caught his first golden trout on 6/7/2015 in Bynum Run in Belair. It was was 18.5"

Tags: golden trainbow trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on June 2, 2015 | Permalink

Baltimore County Blitz

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven, Gunpowder

Last week, I fished a few spots in Baltimore County. The first stop was Loch Raven, where I caught and released several largemouth bass. I also caught a brown trout in one of the feeder creeks that runs into the reservoir. After landing the fish, you could see it still had a half eaten minnow in its mouth. After trying Loch Raven, I visited two areas of the Gunpowder, in Sparks, MD. I was able to get another brown trout, as well as a golden (rainbow) trout. Plenty of eager trout still left after the spring stockings. Tight lines!

Tags: largemouth bass, brown trout, golden rainbow trout


  1. Walter Weese, Recreational Angler
  2. Paw Paw, West Virgina
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Walter Weese →

Posted on June 1, 2015 | Permalink

Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

This golden rainbow trout was caught in Barnum on 5/29/15 using trout magnets.

Tags: golden rainbow trout


  1. Jacob Holtz, Fisheries Service
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on May 29, 2015 | Permalink

Memorial Day Outing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Northwest Branch

Made it out on the Northwest Branch on Memorial Day afternoon with my wife. She managed to catch one of the remaining trout that had been stocked earlier in the spring on a white Rooster tail spinner, which we enjoyed with dinner that night. None of the sunfish I caught could compete with hers size-wise, but I had her beat on numbers!

Tags: rainbow trout, sunfish


  1. Morgan Handy, Recreational Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 29, 2015 | Permalink

25 Inch Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

Morgan caught this 25 inch rainbow trout on 5/24/2015 and is now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Noah Holloway, Recreational Angler
  2. Scaggsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Found in Little Patuxent River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Found in Little Patuxent River

I was fishing at the Little Patuxent River in Savage, MD when my buddy noticed a fish, resembling a snakhead come to the top for air. In disbelief, I climbed a tall boulder and put on my fishing glasses. Sure enough what looked to be about a 30 inch snakehead was laying on a sandy bottom in about two feet of water. The hunt was on to try to capture this savage fish. After throwing a gulp minnow near the sighting, I was able to catch a much smaller 15 inch snakehead. Not the fight I was hoping to get on my first snakehead, but none the less, one more dead snakehead. I have fished this pool and the surrounding ones all spring and this is the first I have seen or even heard of in this river. Probably the reason why I didn't catch any trout there today…

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Walter Weese, Recreational Angler
  2. Paw Paw, West Virgina
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Walter Weese →

Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Western MD Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: 15 Mile Creek

I caught this 19 inch rainbow at 15 Mile Creek.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 7
  4. View all reports by Ryan Cooper →

Posted on May 26, 2015 | Permalink

Lower Savage River Browns

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: lower Savage River

I had a pretty good day on the lower Savage River fishing both nymphs and Dries. Had a crazy midge hatch from about 2:30 - 5:30 pm. During that hatch they were taking size 20 Griffiths gnats pretty well. I was fishing with a friend from Denmark and he had a good day on the water as well landing fishing in the 10-14 inch range.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Ron Wheeler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 26, 2015 | Permalink

Trout Hike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County Stream

Caught these beautiful brook and rainbow trout in a very secluded stream in Garrett county. My second time out to this stream and boy what a hike to get here but well worth it.

Tags: rainbow trout, brook trout


  1. Al Budinsky, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 26, 2015 | Permalink

Brook Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

Wild trout fishing is slow at the Savage River but the tribs were fishing well.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 73
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on May 21, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake's Diverse Fishing Opportunities

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Inland Fisheries staff recently conducted the annual Deep Creek Lake fish population survey within 20 stations representing all habitat types. The lake continues to support a diverse fishery: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike, and rainbow trout were the more popular sportfish collected – with some exceptional specimens! Now is definitely the time to fish Deep Creek Lake!

Pictured is Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with yellow perch and black crappie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye.

Tags:  largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike, and rainbow trout

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