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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. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Abingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 27
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Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

James Run Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: James Run

Today I took this picture of what I think is herring in James Run in Abingdon from the Hookers Mill Road Bridge near route 136. I have never seen herring that far up from the bay before. I thought James Run in this area was "a non tidal stream" I have fished it many times over the years. A friend of mine has even caught trout from James Run in this area.

DNR Response: Hello John, it is possible they could be herring but my guess is that they are gizzard shad. They are spawning now also.

Tags: herring, gizzard shad

  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

Montana Grant being checked for the 6th time this season by Officer Ward along Deer Creek. Thanks to our DNR Police for being so diligent in protecting our natural resources and making sure that I have a fishing license and trout stamp! Officer Ward was a perfect gentleman and very professional as he made sure we were all safe and having fun. Thank you for your service!

Also, Bill Mitzel caught this great 17 inch golden rainbow trout and his limit along Deer Creek yesterday. He was so excited to catch his first golden rainbow trout that he was stopping along the road to show it off. Fishing is supposed to be fun and Bill was having a great time. Thanks for stocking such a unique trout that so many anglers enjoy and appreciate.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout

  1. Graham Tapscott, Recreational Angler
  2. Derwood
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2015 | Permalink

Brown Trout on the Fly

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patuxent River State Park

Beautiful afternoon fishing in the Patuxent River State Park. This was my fourth trip there, and I finally got my first trout on a fly today! It was about a 12" Brown Trout (I believe) on a wet fly he was hiding in a deep pool under an undercut bank. I saw numerous trout rise today, which helped me figure out where they were hanging out.

Tags: Brown Trout

  1. Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick MD
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on April 17, 2015 | Permalink

Carroll Creek Success

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Carroll Creek

Took my son back to Carroll Creek on Thursday and he limited out in roughly 30 minutes! His friend came along and did likewise.

Thanks again DNR, great job stocking this creek for the youth and blind. It really helps get the kids into fishing when they donít have to compete with all the adults for such great fish.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Kevin Crone, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 14, 2015 | Permalink

First Catch!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Harford County

Wanted to thank the MD DNR for all their hard work. Took my son (2 1/2 yrs old) fishing in Harford County Monday 4-13-15 and he reeled in three really nice trout (with some help from daddy), this one was about 14"! This was his first time fishing ever, and we had the time of our lives, it was truly unforgettable. Mommy couldn't believe it either! Thanks for making life long memories for our family. Kevin, Chichi & Alex.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Robert Peters, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 14, 2015 | Permalink

24" Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lower Patapsco River

Sunday evening 4/12/15 I caught these two rainbows on the lower Patapsco River. Thank You DNR for the stocking!

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Noah Holloway, Recreational Angler
  2. Scaggsville
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Trout with odd Shape

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

It has been productive trout fishing at the Savage River this spring thanks to your stocking efforts. Caught an odd shaped trout and I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on it. Caught on wax worm with light spinning combo around 4 p.m. on April 4, 2015.

DNR Response: This is a hatchery-origin rainbow trout exhibiting probable genetic anomalies. In the wild, these fish would not survive very long. However, in a hatchery these fish do stand a better chance of survival to adulthood, since there is plenty of available food and less predation.

Tags: Rainbow Trout with genetic anomalies

  1. Jamie Lowery, Recreational Angler
  2. Essex
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Beastly 'Bow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

Hey there, here is the rainbow trout that I caught this morning on the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County. I caught this fish on the "Bubble Gum" color Berkley's power bait rubber worms and a #8 hook with 4 lbs test line. This fish was weighed and measured at Feral's bait and tackle in Edgemere, it was measured at 22 3/4" and weighed 7 lbs.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Shawn Golden, Recreational Angler
  2. N/A
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Washington County Hog of a Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

Shawn Golden with a 29.5" trout that weighed 12.3 lbs , Shawn caught the fish at Beaver Creek in Washington County.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Limited Out

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Northwest Branch - Central Montgomery Co.

I tried the Northwest Branch near Riggs Road by the mill the other day and limited out by days end. The fishing was slow at first with just a few fish caught in the rapids at the head of pools on a wooly bugger. I decided to take a hike and go up to the bridges under New Hampshire Avenue. I saw what appeared to be a trout but on second thought maybe a nice smallmouth bass. I had this fish on for a second but could not hook it. It looked fatter than a trout. I had a DNR officer check my license and he mentioned that the white perch are starting to run with 1 out of 10 being a large female. Maybe I will try some white perch fishing later. I went back to near where I parked and found a pool full of rainbow and golden rainbow trout. Hooked a golden but this fish got free at the end of the fight. Caught some more rainbows and then a spirited gold trout which jumped out of the water at least 3 feet. Finally I got my limit. The fishing is good in Maryland put and take streams. I might try another trip. Tight lines all.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout, white perch

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