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The Snakehead Contest is being incorporated into an Inland Freshwater Survey on the Volunteer Angler Creel Survey webpage. For 2013 the end-of-year random drawing will include anglers reporting snakeheads to the Anglers Log as well as anglers participating in the Volunteer Angler Creel Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches. The information is helping our biologists better understand how this invasive species increases its range.
Lawrence Colatriano, Recreational Angler
- New Castle, DE
- Total Reports: 1
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Henry Pilch Jr., Recreational Angler
- Myersville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 48
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Posted on March 28, 2013 | Permalink
Winter Trout Stocking
Location: Garrett County
Despite the prolonged winter conditions in Garrett County, Fisheries staff members are still out there getting the streams stocked for the March 30 opener. However, some of the more remote stocking locations are not accessible, so stocking will be postponed until conditions improve. Ryan Cooper, a student volunteer from Garrett College, assisted us today with stocking a Garrett County stream – and he is showing a couple of the big lunker trout produced at the Bear Creek Trout Rearing Station. These fish will provide some lucky anglers a fish of a lifetime!
Jason Michalski, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 25, 2013 | Permalink
Large Brook Award Winner
Location: Octoraro Creek
Went fishing on Octoraro creek and hooked into this nice brook trout, it was my 1st ever . The fish measured 16.5" which was more than enough needed (minimum 12") to enter the Maryland Fishing Challenge. I was using a black roaster tail spinner.
DNR Note: we have had a few inquiries regarding this catch and DNR believes this is a PA stocked fish, occassionally various species make their way over the Conowingo Dam.
Adam Aghion, Recreational Angler
- Baltimore County
- Total Reports: 2
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Posted on March 21, 2013 | Permalink
Two Little Patuxent Rainbows
Location: Little Patuxent River
I stopped at the Little Patuxent River on my way home from work yesterday to see if I could catch a few trout that were stocked earlier that day. Because it was my first time fishing this area, I made sure to keep my expectations low. I was fishing with a spinning outfit rigged up with 6lb mono tied directly to a 6lb fluorocarbon leader about 4ft in length. I tied on a 1/8oz black roostertail with a silver blade and started walking the path upstream. I saw a bunch of fly fisherman and a few others using spinning gear. I landed 2 14" Rainbows within 5 minutes at the mouth of a small split in the river. I also managed to hook 3 others of similar size that all jumped off the hook of a weightless woolly bugger retrieved across the current cast only about 15ft out. I brought the 2 -14 inchers home for dinner and they were delicious! Thank you to DNR who work tirelessly to ensure our resources are safe, clean, and available.
Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 6
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Posted on March 21, 2013 | Permalink
Trout Fishing in Garrett County
Location: Garrett County
I went out last weekend to do some fishing in Garrett County. The rivers were up from snowmelt and releases from the dams, but I did push forward despite that. The Yough was running pretty good, but I found some nice fish at Friendsville Park. They were taking nymphs in the cold fast water – near the shore. Later, I went to Casselman on Saturday as levels dropped. Stoneflies were hatching but the fish weren’t biting for me on them. I switch to a small streamer/clouser in white and began picking up fish consistently. Swinging the fly across the current and slow stripping it back up. Fish were more concentrated in the channels near shore and along the ledges.
I'm looking forward to more cold weather fishing!
Tom O'Connell, Fisheries Service Director
- Total Reports: 35
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Posted on March 19, 2013 | Permalink
Bad Weather, Good Company, OK Perch Fishing
Location: Upper River in Greensboro and the Tuckahoe in Hillsboro
A few days ago I was able to take a colleague and good friend perch fishing on the Upper River in Greensboro, and Tuckahoe River in Hillsboro. It was an opportunity to re-pay the favor of taking me fishing in his 'hot spots' in western MD for Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Blue Gill and Trout. The pressure was on. Now I know how a fishing guide feels. The cold water (43 degrees), cold weather and strong winds were going to make this canoe outing challenging. We managed to catch a mixture of Yellow and White Perch at both locations, and one keeper Crappie or Calico Bass (as we called them growing up in western NY) in Greensboro. The Yellow Perch were all spent, suggesting their spawn is over with, and the White Perch were still tight, suggesting that they had not spawned yet, and the best White Perch fishing of the year is yet to come. We were most successful fishing in the deeper holes with minnows, and to a lesser degree worms. We managed to bring 14 fish home from our two trips. Our biggest White Perch and Yellow Perch were 12" and 11", respectively. Nothing to brag about, but enough for a delicious meal. Hopefully our next tidal water perch trip will be better timed with the spawning run and good weather. Regardless, I enjoyed his company.
Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
- Towson, MD
- Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 18, 2013 | Permalink
Morgan Run Trout
Location: Morgan Run
The day after DNR stocked this year, I found two dozen trout in this section of Morgan Run, all willing to follow everything I threw at them for an hour but none brave enough to strike. Yesterday was quite the opposite--not a trace of a fin in the crystalline stream. However a blind cast under the big limb in the background produced an instant hit and I landed a nice Rainbow Trout. Encouraged, I worked the stretch thoroughly and still failed to draw out any follows with my spinner, but I did manage another on-the-drop hookup pictured here. Maybe they were the only two fish in the area, but I'm glad they were aggressive.
Craving slightly more action, I drove to the Bowers Road access where I encountered two fly fisherman who advised me the fish in this area were rejecting spinners but seemed to be going for a worm imitation. I hit several bends downstream from them and finally achieved success with my Crème red plastic worm at the onset of darkness (photo 2). Thanks for the tip, guys. And thanks to DNR for stocking Morgan Run pre-season.
Matthew Schenk, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 15, 2013 | Permalink
They're Hitting On Top
Location: Middle Patuxent
The rain has moved the trout around quite a bit in the Middle Patuxent and the fish seem much more spread out. Even know the best fishing may be found around the middle access point if you walk downstream... or take a hike rather, fish are found all over the place. The rainbows I have noticed are becoming less aggressive and are sitting in slow moving water where as the brown trout were all in faster running water but more in the pockets, under tree root systems, and overhanging stream bank. The only rainbow I had on my last outing hit a size 16 black stone fly on top. I got four browns also and they hit a combination of a caddis, black stonefly, and one hit a brown streamer. One of the trout hit as soon as my fly hit the water after making a 40 foot cast in front of a tree hanging over the river. The brownie was only about 12 inches but fought harder than any rainbow I have caught in there recently and even pulled drag upstream 20 yards after I had him close to me! Brownies can be very selective at times but right now the fishing seems to be exceptional. I talked to a man that was fishing a conventional rod and he said he got 8 browns and one rainbow on a rapala and a spinner! Here's some pics of the trout I caught below.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 30
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Posted on March 14, 2013 | Permalink
Catoctin Creek Trout
Location: Antietam Creek and Catoctin Creek
I had a good day of catch and release trout fishing at Catoctin Creek in Northern Maryland on 3/11/13. The day started out at Antietam Creek at Devil's Backbone Park trying to catch some trout for dinner. I tried several runs below the bridge and above fishing with streamers. The place appeared to be dead though there were many fisherman trying with flies, bait and spinners. I was surprised that there were some people on Monday morning. I gave up after several hours.
DNR is checking fishing licenses at this location so be sure to have a nontidal freshwater license with the trout stamp. I had mine and the DNR officer told me "I hope you get your money's worth." Put and take trout fishing is about the sport and trout dinner that night. I decided to try the Catoctin Creek that was stocked for catch and release fishing. I tried a nice hole with a streamer pattern but caught nothing. As I was leaving I talked to a man and he said the place had been stocked with Rainbow Trout. Not wanting to go home without any action I went back to the same pool and this time fished with a bead head pheasant tail nymph. I cast across the stream and let it swing down then tap tap I hooked a Rainbow Trout. I took two Rainbows out of this pool. This same pattern repeated itself downstream as I fished several runs. Tap tap at the end of the swing as I let the nymph lie in the current worked well. In all I caught six Rainbows 10-12" long. They fought well though a little sluggish due to the extremely cold water. It pays to try something else if your pattern is not working. This was my first successful trip of 2013. If the water gets warmer, hopefully the trout will be more active and will start hitting all patterns. Tight lines all.