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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. William Flint, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by William Flint →

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: 15
  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: 22
  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!

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Tags: rainbow trout

  1. James Johnson, Fisheries Intern
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by James Johnson →

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
  3. View all reports by George Schroeder →

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: 22
  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

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