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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. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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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

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 51
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Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Slow Fishing at Owens and Friends

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

Just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. Both have trout but the fishing can be slow. Started out the day fishing lower Owens Creek but had no bites and saw no fish. Went upstream and caught a little rainbow trout which I threw back. About mid day I went up to Friends Creek and caught nothing for several hours. Finally from one of the deep pools I hooked a foot long rainbow and then another from an upstream hole. I finished the day with a nice chunky Brown Trout caught at a long pool upstream. This may have been a holdover trout. Though I did not catch any lunkers I wound up with 3 trout by days end.

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout

  1. Jason Sweeney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

9lb, 2oz and 25 inch long rainbow trout caught at Owens Creek in Frederick County using night crawlers.

Tags: ranbow trout

  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Thurmont Pack 270 Trout Fishing and Litter Clean Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Frank Bentz Pond

Along with being an avid angler Ryley is also an avid outdoorsman and belongs to Cub Scout Pack 270 in Thurmont. What better way to introduce his friends to fishing than to have a Den meeting at our local pond! Ryley and his fellow scouts spent the evening fishing for rainbow trout and managed to land quite a few on salmon eggs. They also performed a service project and cleaned up litter left from fellow anglers during the trout opener. It was a win/win for the boys and wildlife!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on April 23, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Last weekend my brother and I went fishing at the Patuxent River in Bowie/Crofton. We were there from about 2-5 pm. We caught some white perch, yellow perch a hickory shad a smallmouth and a largemouth. We were using worms for the perch and small swimbaits on 1/8 ounce jig heads for everything else. I also saw a small pike/pickerel/musky I'm not sure which, but it bit my 2" swimbait off.

Tags: white perch, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hickory shad

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