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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. Kenny Wampler, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 2
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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 biologist’s 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 didn’t 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. Jimmy Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 9, 2015 | Permalink

Almost Froze Catching Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

Middle Creek, Frederick MD… almost lost my fingers to frostbite catching these guys.. Two golden and two regular rainbows… all but one were 12 inches or better… Thanks DNR!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 25
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Posted on January 16, 2015 | Permalink

Trout On Ice

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

I caught my first trout through the ice today after school. So glad Matt got me and dad into ice fishing, what a fun way to spend the cold winter days.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of the Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove WMA

On January 4, 2014, Elijah caught this rainbow trout at Myrtle Grove WMA using Berkley Powerbait. A total of three trout were caught that day. On sunny days, trout can provide winter action in places where they were stocked the previous fall. What a great way to start 2015!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Eric Koluch, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

Western MD Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Potomac

On 12/27 I fished from 7:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm in the North Potomac just north of Jennings Randolph Lake with two friends. Between the three of us we caught approximately 35 Rainbow Trout, 1 Brook Trout, and 1 Cutthroat Trout. Rainbow Trout ranged from 10 to 12 inches. Brook Trout ranged from 8 to 12 inches and the we did not get the Cutthroat Trout's size.

the rainbows bit on almost anything; white spinners, blue spinners, and a variety of artificial minnows. Brook Trout and Cutthroat only bit on the spinners. All were caught in the slower moving waters and pools after swifter water. Time of day did not matter. Half were caught in the morning and half in the afternoon.

The photo attached is the first catch of the day. A Brook Trout almost 12 inches in length and vibrantly colored. Almost a silver body with bright red fins. Never seen anything like it. Then again, it was the first Brook Trout I have ever caught.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 23, 2014 | Permalink

Gunpowder Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught a rainbow trout in the Gunpowder River along with a few others this past Monday, December 15th. Who could pass up an opportunity to catch fish on a 50° winter day? Spinners were the preferred lure of the day. Thanks to the DNR stocking efforts, there are plenty of fish to last the entire year!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs

Monday, 12-15-14

20' Walkaround

Nature blessed the last day of striper season with a flat calm, making a nice day for me and my two guests. I planned to try deep trolling in 50-65 feet of water through some holes on the west side of the channel. We marked a few fish at 55-60 foot depths, but were unable to work the deep holes because several watermen were set up there. It appeared that they had crab pots set deep right in the holes and were standing by to retrieve them. Trolling east of the pots in 70 feet, we marked a few more fish deep, but no takers.

There was a fleet over behind Summer Gooses, but after moving over that way for a look see we found they were watermen, maybe mechanical oyster dredge rigs. I picked up gear in time to try the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm water discharge an hour before the predicted ebb. We marked many baitfish and eventually my Dragonfly downvision marked a school of fish on the bottom to no more than 3' off the bottom about 600-700 yards east of the discharge in about 20-25' of water. By this time, we had an 18" speckled trout on a 7" yellow hot-rodded Hogy bait, and a 15" speckled trout and a 17-1/2" striper (released) on a purple 6" BKD (blue and sliver BKD covered in red garlic dye) with a hot-rodded 1-1/2 oz jig head. A light southerly breeze had picked up creating a rip on the south side of the stream, and the fish we caught were generally over on that side of the stream. The school we marked was probably specs given fishing results. Several other boats were fishing the discharge stream with no luck.

Thanks again to Shawn Kembro's light tackle fishing tips (new book is great!) and also Walleye Pete Dahlberg for teaching me how to fish the discharge stream. Shawn's and Pete's tips made the difference today. I was using my left-handed baitcaster with braid and a short shock leader, thinking down the line technique wise. The left-handed baitcaster feels natural to this righthander after years of using spinning reels.

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass

  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing the Upper Savage

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

I was able to get out to the Upper Savage River for a few hours today (12/17/14). It has been a while since my last trip and decided to fish the Put and Take area to target brook trout. It was a successful trip with one brook trout a little over 10 inches (pictured) as well as other bookies in the 6-8 inch size class. I was also able to land a couple of stocked rainbows with the largest at 13 inches. Nothing spectacular but fun to catch! All fish were caught while nymphing larger pools.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 25
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Posted on December 16, 2014 | Permalink

Clear Water, Colorful Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Took a break from hunting on 12-13-14 and went fishing with Dad to Savage River. We both caught and released 2 very colorful rainbow trouts and missed a couple others. The water has good flow and is clear.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 43
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Posted on December 12, 2014 | Permalink

Big Gills in 38 Degree Water

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

Had to scale way down to a 1/200th ounce Trout Magnet tipped with a tiny piece of worm for some quality panfish. The largest bluegills were in among submerged primrose stalks along the banks of a local pond. Two day total was 56 in 38 degree water...all on 2 pound test line. Hope to get out a few more times before the new year. Best bluegill was 10.25 inches, all released.

Tags: bluegill

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