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There will be a 2013 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. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink


Delicious Orange Fillets

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Woodsboro Pond

It is the time of year that many tables in Maryland are graced with fresh trout. I caught several limits last week at Woodsboro pond using light line and power bait. We like the fillets simply broiled with season all. Two of the stocked trout were packed full of row. DNR, could you please comment on the edibility and viability of the trout caviar?

DNR Response by Biologist Susan Rivers: I had a friend who tried to eat trout roe or “caviar” in the past by preserving it first and then tried to eat it. Unfortunately, she used commercially purchased eggs that had been fertilized. At a certain point the eggs are impermeable and the preserving process didn’t work for her eggs, so they had become mushy and poorly flavored. The fresh eggs are a different matter. I looked this up online and there are several good sites that contain information. The key is to remove the ovary containing the eggs and to separate the membrane that surrounds the eggs. The membrane is clear, but full of veins. Tease this away from the eggs and rinse them well. After rinsing, the link below says to add 10 percent by weight of salt to the eggs and let them sit for a few hours. They are best consumed shortly after salting, but they can last 4-5 days according to the article. Based on what I’ve heard, eat them within the next 24 hours.

Be sure to preserve and eat eggs that are bright yellow. Those that have turned white have been attacked by fungus and should not be eaten.

Tags: Trout, Rainbow Trout

  1. Lark Creel, Recreational Angler
  2. Laurel, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deer Creek Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: North Central
Location: Deer Creek

I tried to fish Conowingo again but the dam is still wide open so I went over to Susquehanna State Park and fished Deer Creek, where I caught this catfish.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye Season

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek

Anglers can expect another great Walleye season in Deep Creek Lake based on our recent electrofishing surveys. We sampled for Walleye in three areas of the lake (northern area, mid-lake area, and southern area) and Walleye were abundant at each station. We obtained a mean catch rate of greater than 200 Walleye per hour, which will probably be a record catch rate for Deep Creek Lake. Most of the fish were males in the 15 to 18 inch range, but we did net a couple of large females including this 26 inch, 6.3 pound trophy held by Fisheries Technician Kenny Wampler. The Walleye season opens in Deep Creek Lake on April 16th, with a five fish daily creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. The best fishing is at dusk to early evening using Rapala-type lures or using live minnows – and the Walleye are in very shallow water during this time period.

Tags: Walleye

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Managed a Few Smallies Even in the Wind

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

It was a tough day on the river 4/14/2014. The wind was howling and the current was strong, but I managed to land a few nice smallies. Here are couple that couldn't resist a jerkbait. Both were released unharmed.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Steve Gorrick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Brown Trout Was a Fighter

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco

I caught a bunch of trout out on the Patapsco on April 14 including this beauty that put up an awesome fight. Thanks for stocking those trout!

Tags: Brown Ttout

  1. Anthony Williams, Recreational Angler
  2. N/A
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Kings Landing Blue Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Kings Landing State Park

I went fishing at Kings Landing State Park on 4/14 at 11am. Tide was high and wind at 15-20 kt. I fished rod and reel with a basic bottom rig using shrimp to catch this catfish.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

  1. Josh Weems, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Rockfishing with Dad

Type: Chesapeake
Location: Mid Bay

Josh and dad went rockfishing. The fish was released unharmed.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Kirk Windsor, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 14, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing Fun With the Kids

Type: Freshwater
Location: Local Pond

I took my son and daughter out to the local pond where we live for a little fun after dinner, and we had a blast. We caught close to a dozen Bluegill that where about 9" long and to top it off both caught Largemouth Bass at 13" long, what a great way to end a weekend.

Tags: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

  1. Bill Kerns, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 14, 2014 | Permalink

Does MD Stock Brook Trout?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Antietam

I caught this Brook Trout in the Antietam. It was estimated to be in the 15-17 inch range (released without measuring). Are Brook Trout stocked in the creek? I have caught dozens of trout out of the creek over the years, but never a Brook Trout, only rainbows and browns.

DNR Response: Hi Bill, Maryland does not stock Brook Trout anywhere within our state, and our native Brook Trout have been extirpated in the Antietam Creek mainstem in Maryland. However within the Antietam watershed upstream in Pennsylvania, the PA Fish Commission does stock many hatchery reared Brook Trout of this size and this is likely where this fish came from, and from its appearance it is indicative of a hatchery trout. Regardless it is a great catch!

Tags: Brook Trout

  1. Steve Spellman, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 14, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Creek off of Blackwater River

Steve Spellman caught, killed and ate this 16 inch Snakehead from a small creek off of Blackwater River in Dorchester County on Saturday, April 13, 2014. He caught it on a crappie jig and minnow while fishing for Crappie and White Perch. It was the first one that he has caught.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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