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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. Robert Peters, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Soft Plastic Baits

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Daniels on the Patapsco

First Iíd like to report seeing a large otter this morning 4/23/14 below Daniels Dam on the Patapsco while fishing. Glad to see they are now in that river. Is this a natural population or stocked?

Concern: This year while catching trout at Daniels on the Patapsco I have encountered several fish (rainbow and browns) that their throats are jammed with several hooks with the plastic power worms, not just one. Not as if the fished was hooked than got away. Seeing this is disturbing. Daniels is a location that the bottom of the dam is filled with many rock and log snags. You will lose tackle at Daniels. I assume that when a fisherman loses his tackle to a snag the fish continue to hunt for food and since these plastic worms donít biodegrade this looks good to the fish. This year I have noticed this more than any other year. I have also witnessed the increased popularity and use of this bait. Now that I see what this bait does to fish I will continue to use power bait and other natural food sources. Is anyone else reporting these findings?

DNR Response from Dr. Joe Love: The problem with soft plastic baits isnít very well-documented, but it has been cited as a potential problem for trout and bass. Itís been brought to attention by national groups like BASS and I co-authored a short report with the Conservation Director from Maryland Bass Nation Because of the concern of soft plastics, we added a short blurb about them in a ďLeave no TraceĒ ethics section of the Maryland Fishing Guide last year. Information is getting out there, but itíll take people like you to help spread the word and clean up soft plastics when they see them. Itís somewhat common that Iím picking up soft plastics every time I go in the field from a parking lot or a dock. When Iím out fishing, I see the lines hung up in trees and soft plastics wedged into the rocks. There isnít much consensus yet on how those soft plastics pose a problem for fish. Several folks within the bass fishing community think that the soft plastics are ingested and cause nutritional issues. I think itís a problem that will get better studied in the future.

Iím hopeful that as word spreads regarding soft plastics, that anglers might be more willing to pick them up when they see them. For a few spots in the tidal basin (like Smallwood State Park), I was going to work on developing some recycle containers for soft plastics. The Bass Federation has placed recycle containers for discarded fishing line at several locations. Iíd like to see some emphasis on soft plastic recycling as well.

Tags: Soft Plastic Lures


  1. Tom Mange, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Monster Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek

Slow day fishing Seneca Creek in Germantown until this 27 inch 10.5 pound Rainbow hit!!!! Caught by Tom Mange, owner of kapitalkayakfishing.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Henry Hess, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

Henry Hess with this nice Golden Rainbow. Photo taken by Arthur Steinhauer

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Vernon D Wilson, Recreational Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

Vernon caught this 12" Brown Trout. It was landed on a #20 Pheasant Tail Nymph on Beaver Creek 03/25/2014.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Bryan Hubbard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 25, 2014 | Permalink

Large Yough Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Yough

April 21, 2014, was special. Cool morning on the Yough. Nothing rising. I tied on #14 olive woolly bugger and bingo. Largest Brown Trout of my life. 26+ inches and fat. Gentle catch and release. Out of the water less than one minute. Only fish of the day because of my rule--land anything bigger than 20" and take the rest of the day off.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Ryan Chassereau, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 23, 2014 | Permalink

Deer Creek Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

On 4 /19/15 I caught a limit of trout along with this 26 inch golden trout in Deer Creek on a small jerk bait.

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Scott Pratt, Recreational Angler
  2. Cresaptown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 23, 2014 | Permalink

Wills Creek Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Wills Creek

I was fishing Wills Creek in Ellerslie, MD on 04-19-2014 when I caught this 26.25 inch, 10 pound rainbow.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Adam Fancovic, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Fantastic Morning on Great Seneca Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I had a great morning trout fishing with my fiancť Katarina Milosevich on Saturday. The morning started out very slow with her only catching one trout in the first two hours. We then found a honey hole and limited out in 45 minutes on some nice sized trout. Thank you DNR for stocking these great fish and allowing my fiancť to enjoy what trout fishing is all about. When I was cleaning them when I got home I found a screw in the stomach of one of the fish.

I have a couple questions about what I was told by my fellow fishermen on Saturday. Do I need to have a separate stringer for each angler or can I have 10 trout on one stringer for both of us? Also do I have to stop fishing for trout in put & take areas once I have reached my limit? Thanks again DNR.

DNR Response: Always keep your catch separate from others, the Natural Resource Police would have no idea whose fish are whose and would be forced to write a ticket if for example the second angler wasnít nearby when the officer checked your catch.

Do you have to stop fishing once you meet your creel limit in a put & take area? While there is no regulation in place which prohibits an angler from continuing to fish a put & take area once their limit is reached, the Department recommends the angler switch from bait to artificial in order to minimize mortality rates and avoid unnecessary wasting of fish. Additionally, it is still against the law to cull or hand caught fish to someone else once a creel is met.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Megan Koceva, Recreational Angler
  2. Ruffs Dale, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

My First Golden Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Bear Creek

These were my first Golden Rainbow Trouts Iíve ever caught. Iíve only been fishing for 2 years. I was at Bear Creek in Garrett County, MD on April 19, 2014. The male is 17 Ĺ inches long and the female is 13 inches. I caught them one right after the other. It was a very exciting day!

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Caught Dinner Before Breakfast

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run

Caught dinner before having breakfast this morning. Put a line in at 5:30am and had 2 rainbows on the stringer by 6:00am. Missed about 10 more. Fished Piney Run stream with Powerbait. Bigger one on yellow, smaller one on pinkÖ I don't think it matters what color you use. As soon as the sun came up the bite stopped.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

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