Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!

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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 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. Brian Lebo, Recreational Angler
  2. Gambrills
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 8, 2015 | Permalink

Wild Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder River

I caught and released several wild brown trout from the Upper Gunpowder River, upstream of Falls Road. The trout were rising in the afternoon and hitting blue-winged-olives. They were especially active where the sun was hitting the water, and a lot of fun to catch on a 2-weight fly rod.

Tags: brown trout

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 31
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Two Nice Rainbow at Barnum

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River, Barnum Area

Dad and I fished the North Branch Potomac River at the Barnum put and take area on 9-20-15 and caught two real nice Rainbow Trout. Dads fish was 21.5 inches and my fish was 21 inches long. The fish put up a good fight on the light spinning rods and 4lb test that we were using.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Amanda Murphy, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Barnum Beauty

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Amanda caught a beautiful rainbow on the Upper Potomac at Barnum.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 25, 2015 | Permalink

Bottom Fishing on St. Jerome

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: St. Jerome Creek

Fished on the evening of 9/14 out of St. Jerome Creek. Here are two of the fish we caught and released while bottom fishing. Also caught and released bluefish and sea mullet.

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, black drum, bluefish, sea mullet

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Late Summer Mixed Bag

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder, Patuxent River

While fishing in the Upper Gunpowder River last weekend, I caught and released 6 smallmouth bass on an imitation crayfish lure. One rainbow trout also eagerly struck the same lure. Two weeks ago, the yellow perch bite was on in the Patuxent River (near the RT 214 bridge). The fish were caught on nightcrawler rigs, near the base of submerged trees.

Tags: smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch

  1. Kylie Mackley, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Family Fishing at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

Kylie age 7 was fishing with Dad this spring on Owens Creek. One of many caught and released so someone else could catch it again!

Tags: golden rainbow trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 76
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on September 4, 2015 | Permalink

Garrett County Trout Fishing Opportunities

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Freshwater Institute, a program of the Conservation Fund (, made a generous donation of rainbow trout that were stocked in the North Branch Potomac River's Put and Take Trout Fishing Area at Barnum as well as the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area. Both rivers have adequate coldwater for trout survival during the late summer, and these fish should provide some great trout fishing opportunities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Pictured are a few shots of us float-stocking the trout throughout the entire length of the Yough C&R Area.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Shawn McCardell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Thank You MD Youth Fishing Club

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

My son Ryley and I stopped off at Owens Creek after baseball practice. After a few casts he managed to hook a small brown trout. The fish seemed stressed and as it’s catch and release on Owens Creek right now we opted to place him back in the water as quickly as possible, without a photo.

But here is another photo I would like to share that was made possible because of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club, the Maryland Fishing Challenge and most importantly Fisheries employee Letha Grimes!

Up until two years ago it was quite difficult to get my youngest son Ryley, to go fishing. Then one day I saw that the Department of Natural Resources had just created a Youth Fishing Club. Being a Cub Scout Ryley was keen on earning the patch. But still it was a tough sell. There just wasn't enough action in our local ponds and streams to hook him on fishing. But then one day we received a letter from Letha explaining how we could have an opportunity to go out on a charter boat with a fisheries biologist to help catch and tag striped bass. So as luck would have it we were picked to go out on a boat at the end of July 2013. The seas were very rough that day and nearly everyone vomited; everyone except Ryley and I. Unfortunately the boat had to turn back for shore without tagging or even catching a fish. Despite everything that day just the experience had him start asking for more. The following summer I reached out to Letha and explained our circumstance from the previous year’s attempt and she was instrumental in getting us back out and he caught numerous stripers and bluefish. He loves fishing so much he had us charter boats while on vacation in the OBX to go fishing. He convinced us to charter another boat on the bay to go out fishing for striped bass last year and again this year. And ultimately all those pictures from the trips Letha helped inspire lead Ryley to a most awesome day this past March. Out of over 1000 kids he was selected to be the "Angler" for an article in Field and Stream magazine’s June edition, titled “How to Raise a Wild Child”. I just wanted share how much of an impact the Youth Fishing Club and Letha Grimes has had on my son. Thank you for everything!

Tags: Brown Trout

  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on August 24, 2015 | Permalink

Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Poplar Lick

I got out to hike and fish along Poplar Lick on Saturday. Brook trout were plentiful but wary. A stealth cast to a deeper riffle or pool usually brought a quick strike. I was fishing terrestrial patterns and a black ant worked well. Attached is a sample of a typical brook trout caught. This one was bout 7-8”.

Tags: Brook Trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 76
  3. View all reports by Alan Klotz →

Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Annual Trout Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Inland Fisheries Service staff from across the state recently conducted the annual trout population survey in the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. One station in each of the management areas - the Fly Fishing and the Artificial Lure/ Fly Fishing Area - were sampled to monitor the wild trout fishery. Brown trout were the most abundant species, with a high percentage of the population in the 12 to 15 inch size range. Brook trout were present in both sample stations, with brook trout up to 12 inches collected. Brook trout reproduction was considered to be "good" while brown trout reproduction was considered "fair" in 2015 based on the number of young of year fish collected in the surveys. A few rainbow trout were collected in the lower section of the river. River flow levels are perfect, and anglers should try using small elk-hair caddis (#18) or terrestrial patterns such as ants to fool these beautiful wild trout!

Pictured are:

  • Inland Fisheries Service Director Tony Prochaska with a trophy brook trout.
  • Volunteer Jessica Klotz with even bigger trophy brook trout.
  • Jessica Klotz with a wild brown trout.
  • A young of year brook trout?.

Tags: brook trout, brown trout

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