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

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There will be random drawings throughout the year 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. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Lake Elkhorn Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

I went bass fishing yesterday at Lake Elkhorn near the dam, at lunch for an hour. No bass caught but I did catch a rainbow trout on a lipless crankbait!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
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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!


  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: 10
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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: 74
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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: 29
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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

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