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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to All information is optional, but encouraged.

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.

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. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 71
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on April 10, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

MD DNR Inland Fisheries biologists recently conducted the annual Deep Creek Lake Walleye Population survey. Walleye continue to be an abundant gamefish in Deep Creek Lake, as we collected 175 walleye per hour of electrofishing. Most of the walleye are in the 15 to 18 inch size class, and we did collect a few fish greater than 20 inches. The walleye season opens on April 16th in Deep Creek Lake and in the Youghiogheny River near Friendsville. The daily creel and possession limit is five fish, with a 15 inch minimum size limit. Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County is another good walleye fishery, and the season is open year-round, also with a five fish creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. Pictured is MD DNR Fisheries Tech Kenny Wampler with a 25.5 inch, 6.5 lb walleye from Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: Walleye

  1. Kenny Wampler, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Kenny Wampler →

Posted on February 26, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing the Savage Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage Reservoir

For a change of scenery this ice fishing season, myself along with fisheries biologistís Alan Klotz and Matt Sell decided to head to the Savage Reservoir to see what we could bring up from the depths. We were greeted with around 14 inches of good ice with a few inches of snow cover on top that came in handy as we were running from one tip-up to another. The fish didnít need too much persuasion to bite, after setting out my first tip-up for the day the flag popped before I could even walk away to set the second and this fast action continued for most of the trip. Various jigs with maggots and tip-ups with a fathead were both producers throughout the day brining plenty of perch and a trout to the ice. The savage is not necessarily known for large jumbo perch like the ones of near by Deep Creek Lake; but this is made up for with a lot of action, large numbers of fish, and still being able to catch sizable fish to keep for the dinner table. For anyone looking to get into the sport of ice fishing, or someone like myself that was wanting a change, I highly recommend giving the Savage Reservoir a try.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Ice Fishing

  1. Kevin Harris, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 20, 2015 | Permalink

Team Work Caught This Award Size Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Kevin Harris & Phil Warnick caught this 38 inch Northern Pike while ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake on 2/8/15.

Tags: northern pike, ice fishing

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 27
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Jumbo Perch at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Dad and I ice fished at Deep Creek Lake on Saturday and caught 10 nice perch. Most were between 10 to 13 inches but we got two jumbos. Dads was 14 inches and mine was a little over 14 inches.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Ice Fishing

  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
  3. View all reports by Mark Hoekzema →

Posted on February 9, 2015 | Permalink

Few Fun Hours Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Spent a couple of fun days up at Deep Creek Lake doing some ice fishing. Friday afternoon/evening was cold, windy and snowy and action around Sky Valley was decent. Caught a few walleye 15-18Ē and a few perch. The wind blew and snow flew but it was a fun few hours for us and the pup. Sunday was still cold, but no snow. The wind was persistent but we hit the open lake anyway. Caught 14 nice perch on wax worms out around the mount of Cherry Cove. Not bad for a half day. We had a tremendous fish fry that night.

Tags: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Ice Fishing

  1. Chris Venker, Recreational Angler
  2. Grasonvile
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 2, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: western
Location: Deep Creek

A long weekend at Deep Creek. A friend and I hit the best lake in MD for some much needed jigging. We caught a total of 11 keeper walleye and 35 keeper perch, along with an 11" BULLGILL. We caught fish from 6-40 FOW, jigging and tip ups. Buckeye shiners were the hot bait.

Tags: walleye, blue gill, yellow perch.

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 71
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink

Emily's Ice-Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Four-year-old Emily Stonesifer and her dad Nick joined us on the ice of Deep Creek Lake with the hopes of both father and daughter catching their first fish through the ice. It didn't take long - the bobber on Emily's fishing pole plopped down the hole and a fish was rapidly taking out line! Emily grabbed the pole and started reeling in the fish and became quite excited as she could see the fish swimming under the ice! Soon a toothy chain pickerel was on top of the ice! After seeing the sharp teeth, she was a little hesitant about holding the fish for a picture, so dad took the honors. She did gently put fish fish back down the hole so it could fight another day.

Tags: Chain Pickerel

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 10
  4. View all reports by Caz Kenny →

Posted on January 23, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Spent the weekend on Deep Creek Lake with my cousin and a friend and man was it pretty was 8"-10"...we caught lots of fish jigging...Friday was miserable with winds gusting 30+ mph...a bluebird day greeted us Saturday and pushed the fish 30+ feet deep...a few hours of overcast Sunday...then back to reality...yellow perch to two pounds...walleye to six pounds...a guy close pulled a 28" walleye thru the ice...heres a few pics...can't wait to get back!!!

Tags: yellow perch, walleye

  1. Dave Bryson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 23, 2014 | Permalink

Fat Perch at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Bundled up to fish from shore at Deep Creek Lake where we are renting a house for the weekend. After reading the December 17 fishing report, I decided to see what might bite a white crappie jig on a pink head fished 5' under a bobber.

First cast I let the wind drift the bait down shore and the bobber disappeared five minutes into the drift. Assumed it snagged on a branch, but turned out to be a 6.2 lb pickerel. After some photos and a quick release, I returned to fishing and a few drifts later landed what I now know would have been the new MD State record for Yellow Perch - just shy of four pounds and a HUGE belly.

Going to try drifting live worms this afternoon and tomorrow to see what happens. Love being the only one fishing DCL and having great success.

Tags: yellow perch, chain pickerel

  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 18
  3. View all reports by Matt Sell →

Posted on September 5, 2014 | Permalink

Northern Pike Research

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

DNR Fisheries Service has initiated a tagging study on northern pike in Deep Creek Lake in order to obtain some basic life history information as well as catch and harvest rates . Adult pike of at least 26" in length are currently being collected and tagged with a yellow FLOY tag that will be located along the dorsal fin. Each tag will have a four-digit number as well as a phone number (see attached sign). If you catch a tagged fish, please note the tag number, the date it was caught, the general location on the lake where it was caught, whether it was kept or released, and its length to the nearest Ĺ", and report that information via the phone number on the tag (301-689-7168). Your cooperation in this effort will help us to begin to collect the needed information to effectively manage this unique fishery and will also make you eligible for a reward!

Due to the low density of large pike in the lake and the limited number of tags deployed, we encourage you to take a picture of your catch and then release it so that we may continue to collect needed information from our tagged fish.

During the last stretch of cool weather, the surface temps on the lake dropped into the upper 60's during the early morning hours, so a friend and I decided to take advantage of the cooler water to try to catch and tag a large pike or two. Fortunately, we were able to hook up with a beautiful female that was 39.5" long and was fitted with the first tag of the project! She handled the tagging well and is out there waiting to be caught!

Good luck and tight lines!!!

Tags: Northern Pike

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