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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 47
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Slab Happy

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

We continue to catch and release trophy class bluegills and crappies from small public venues too fragile to expose. Utilize 2 pound test, micro-jigs from 1/64th to 1/200th ounce tipped with maggots or Berkley Gulp! products. Suspend jigs 4 to 6 feet below wind-drifted bobbers. Fishing should remain good for the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Tags: Bluegill, Crappie

  1. Rick 'Snook' Gestewitz, Recreational Angler
  2. Charlestown
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Catfish ID from North East River

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Mouth of North East River

We caught what we believe is a Channel Cat but is very white in color and has pinkish fins. These were all caught in the morning of Friday, 10 April 2015 near the mouth of North East River off Red Point on edge of channel.

DNR Response: Rick, you caught a blue catfish, blue catfish are an invasive species, please continue to remove all that you catch. For more information on blue catfish go to

Tags: Channel Catfish, white perch, blue catfish

  1. Shawn Golden, Recreational Angler
  2. N/A
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Washington County Hog of a Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

Shawn Golden with a 29.5" trout that weighed 12.3 lbs , Shawn caught the fish at Beaver Creek in Washington County.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 70
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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. Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on April 10, 2015 | Permalink

Fletchers Shad

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fletchers

Hit Fletchers on 4/6/15 and had a blast! Hooked into about ten total, all hickory shad. Great day. Tight lines!

Here is a Short Video showing fishing from a kayak.

Tags: hickory shad

  1. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Tips

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

I've been fishing here in Breton Bay every year of my life and this one was a first. Not sure if it's a bad sign or not but while fishing on my kayak I came across a 22 inch dead snakehead. The good thing was it was dead. The bad thing was that it was here. I've tried to catch them before here but I've never gotten a bite or any evidence of them being here. Any tips on bait to use to catch them?

DNR Response: They aren't frequently caught in Breton Bay, but I've heard reports from there. This time of year, many of them are moving a lot to find spawning grounds. They tend to move more upstream and into fresher water. Often times, you'll see them at the base of spillways or small dams. As for a good bait to use, we summarized data on that and have it presented here: You can also search the angler's log for what's working on snakehead. I know a lot of folks bow hunt for them, but traditional tackle like spinners and frogs can work depending on the season you're fishing. I haven't heard of too many people baiting their hooks with live minnows, but I suspect that would work too. If you're interested, there's a Potomac Snakehead Tournament out of Smallwood in June. They have bow hunters and anglers, and this year they're including folks targeting blue catfish as well. Take care and good luck!

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 49
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Limited Out

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Northwest Branch - Central Montgomery Co.

I tried the Northwest Branch near Riggs Road by the mill the other day and limited out by days end. The fishing was slow at first with just a few fish caught in the rapids at the head of pools on a wooly bugger. I decided to take a hike and go up to the bridges under New Hampshire Avenue. I saw what appeared to be a trout but on second thought maybe a nice smallmouth bass. I had this fish on for a second but could not hook it. It looked fatter than a trout. I had a DNR officer check my license and he mentioned that the white perch are starting to run with 1 out of 10 being a large female. Maybe I will try some white perch fishing later. I went back to near where I parked and found a pool full of rainbow and golden rainbow trout. Hooked a golden but this fish got free at the end of the fight. Caught some more rainbows and then a spirited gold trout which jumped out of the water at least 3 feet. Finally I got my limit. The fishing is good in Maryland put and take streams. I might try another trip. Tight lines all.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout, white perch

  1. Jim Horwath, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Gunpowder

Here are some pictures of my trout. I caught it in the Little Gunpowder on April 8, 2015. It was 25 inches long and weighed 9 pounds!! Thanks for stocking this awesome fish for me to catch!!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Sam Baker, Recreational Angler
  2. Rosedale
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Largemouth at Loch Raven From Shore

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I got this Hawg at Loch Raven on 4/7/2015, casting rubber worms, I caught a couple smaller bass also around 2 or 3 lbs. A slow evening with lots of casting but persistence paid off.

Tags: largmeouth bass

  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing With My Wife at Piney Run

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Stream

Bought my wife a license and trout stamp and convinced her to go to the stream. She caught her first ever rainbow trout. I added 2 more. We fished from about 6:00pm-7:30pm. 2 of the 3 fish seemed a little banged up and pale but still tasted just fine. Piney Run stream sees a lot of pressure that first weekend so probably not the first hook they've seen.

Tags: rainbow trout

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