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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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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. 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


  1. Ronald Tibbens, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 21, 2015 | Permalink

Big Brown at Beaver Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

Ronald caught this 25.5 inch brown trout on 5/20/2015 in Beaver Creek.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Robert Madison, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 21, 2015 | Permalink

23 Inch Brownie

Type: Freshwater
Region:
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Robert caught this 23 inch trout on 5/4/15.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on May 21, 2015 | Permalink

Gunpowder Falls Mix

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder Falls

I caught this golden rainbow trout in the Gunpowder Falls a few days ago. Three other rainbows, and several fallfish were also caught that day too. All the fish hit on live worms drifted along the bottom.

Tags: golden rainbow trout, rainbow trout, fallfish


  1. Shawn McCardell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on May 18, 2015 | Permalink

Big Brown Trout at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

So this morning I decided to stop off and do some quick fishing on Owens Creek. I managed to pull in a nice size brownie on a white spinner. Then I switched it up to an orange spinner with a gold blade. After a few casts…WHAM! This monster hit - 23 inches and 6.75 lbs. It took me a while to tire it out and pull it towards the bank. I didn’t have a net so I had to pull it downstream and hop out onto a rock and scoop down and lift her out. Biggest trout of my life!

Tags: brown trout


  1. Morgan Kupfer, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Morgan Kupfer →

Posted on May 15, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead on the Fly

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Patuxent River

After work two weeks ago I decided to stop and fish a section of the Little Patuxent River that I always pass over and believe is stocked with trout. I headed down to the river and fished my most productive trout flies to no avail. As I was heading back to my car, I walked near an area that looked like an old feeder creek to the main stem. There was an overpass that crossed over this stagnant feeder, which was full of Purple Martins. Just as I was walking up, one of the birds fell and hit the water and as soon as it did, it looked like someone dropped a cinder block where the bird landed. I had to go investigate and what I found was amazing.I only had my 3wt fly rod with me, but that didn't stop me from tying on a big Clouser Minnow and finish the day with 6 Northern Snakeheads in the bag and eventually in my frying pan. Amazing fight on the 3wt and since the first trip, I've landed nearly 30.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Adam Aghion, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore County
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on May 14, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Baltimore County Mix

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

More Rainbows caught in Baltimore County! Huge, thank you to DNR for their stocking efforts over the last few weeks! Even caught a Brown and a decent Smalley too!

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass


  1. Adam Fancovic, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on May 13, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Trout on the Little Patuxent

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Little Patuxent at Savage Mill

I headed out to get in a little late Spring trout fishing at Savage Mill on Sunday afternoon. The fish were in a cooperating mood and caught several through the afternoon including this guy. This is the prettiest stocked rainbow I have ever caught. Thanks DNR for providing some great trout fishing this spring. I didn't catch any lunkers but plenty of fish for the frying pan. Looking forward to getting up to the Gunpowder soon for wild browns and the Savage River for my first wild brook.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Ross Damman, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 12, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Big Gunpowder Falls

Caught and released this nice little rainbow with a gold blade spinner Sunday morning. It was beautiful morning for fishing. I have the itch to find more holes where these guys are hanging out.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Wes Powell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout in Beaver Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

29 inch, 10 lb. 4 oz. Rainbow Trout caught from Beaver Creek in Washington County.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Trout and Rockfish

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Heather Howes of Pasadena caught and released this 40.5 inch striped bass on 5/2/2015.
  • Ron Porter of Frostburg caught this 27.5 inch rainbow trout on 5/6/2015.
  • Daniel Couch of Crownsville, MD caugth this 46 inch striped bass on 5/8/215.
  • Joshua Grantham of North Beach, MD caught this 42 inch striped bass on 5/6/2015.
  • Daniel Trang of Fairfax, VA caught and released this 48 inch striped bass on 4/25/2015.

Tags: striped bass, rainbow trout


  1. Chuaychai Thiamsomboon, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Montogmery County Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Burns Mills Reservoir

I caught this 21" rainbow trout on 5-3-15 at Burns Mills Reservoir in Montgomery County. I used a Hook #8 and 4 lbs test line.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Piney Park Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

I managed to get out and see if I could catch me some trophy bluegill or crappie down at Piney Run Park. Managed to find the bluegill but the crappie were finicky. Used Trout Magnet jig head tipped with a piece of Nightcrawler to catch a slew of them. Pictures below is one of the better ones. Measured in at 10 inches!

Tags: Bluegill


  1. Michael Chandler, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Great Seneca Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I caught this one on a Trout Magnet Saturday, May 3rd in Great Seneca Creek just below the Black Rock Road bridge

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Chip Barnes, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 5, 2015 | Permalink

9 Pounder Plus Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

Here's a large rainbow trout, 26 1/2" and 9lbs 10oz. The fish was pulled out of Middle Creek in Frederick by Jesse Barnes.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on May 4, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Trout and Stripers

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Brian Blakeslee of York, PA caught this 48.5 inch striped bass while fishing off the South River on 4/29/2015.
  • Sherrie Gravely of Elkton, MD caught this award size Rainbow Trout at Howard's Pond on 5/2/2015.
  • Richard Bean of Winchester, VA caught this 43 inch striped bass on 5/32015.
  • Thomas De Leon caught this 46" Striped Bass while fishing out of Breezy Point.

Tags: striped bass, rainbow trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on April 29, 2015 | Permalink

Slow Fishing at Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

Last week, I took a trip after work to fish for trout in the Gunpowder .The fish were stocked a few days prior, but the cooler weather and wind seemed to slow the "bite" down a bit. I did catch a few rainbows, and my brother caught (and released) this native brook trout.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout


  1. Bill Carpenter, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 29, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: upper Patapsco River

Thanks to Maryland DNR for their trout stocking program! I hooked this trophy rainbow trout measuring 23.75 inches long and weighing 6.8 pounds on the upper Patapsco River on April 24th, 2015. It was a beautiful spring morning and imagine my surprise while fishing with 4lb test line and PowerBait on an Ugly Stik when I first glimpsed what was on the end of my line. My 14” trout net was entirely not sufficient but managed to scoop half of this monster and land on the river bank. After the adrenaline wore off I was fortunate enough to also land a beautiful golden rainbow trout.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on April 28, 2015 | Permalink

Myrtle Grove Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove

This Sunday Elijah caught this golden rainbow trout at Myrtle Grove using Powerbait. He was very excited!

Tags: golden rainbow trout


  1. Jayden Venable, Youth Angler
  2. Eldersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Union Mills Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Silver Run Pond

The first fishing outing of the season and it has to be this cold. Really, will winter ever end. We have fish to catch!

Capt. Big Fish was at the Silver Run Pond kids fishing rodeo sponsored by the Union Mills Lions Club; you people are the best!!

The day started out just like last year I was catching everything but trout. The bad part was a beautiful 14" golden trout was right in front of me the whole day, but would not hit on anything. If I had a treble hook I could have snatched him........LOL

I started with a few small bluegills fishing about 4 feet deep, then decided due to the cold temps the fish might be deep. I removed all my floats and started bottom fishing landing a nice fat 11.75" mud cat. Then I had a nice strong fight with a 11.75" bass. Finally I landed a 13" rainbow trout to put me 2nd on the leader board (the story of my young tournament career). Late in the afternoon I landed a Godzilla Crappie which was 11.5". I had caught crappie before, but not like this one. I released all my fish to catch again another day. At the end I was awarded the 2nd place trophy in the 6-8 age group. I was still so excited to try other spots on the pond that I grabbed my trusty dock demon and headed around the pond trying different spots. Only problem was I set my trophy down, when I returned it was gone. I looked everywhere. Needless to say It was not a pretty picture when a cold, hungry, and tired 6 year old has a melt down. Oh well, it is not about the gold. It is all about the fish! I had the thrill of the reel, reeling in Godzilla!

Ghost writer Papaw Jackson

Tags: catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout

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