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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. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 48
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Looking For Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Antietam Creek and Beaver Creek

I just got back from fishing Antietam Creek and the Catch and Release Fly Fishing section of Beaver Creek. I fished in the afternoon at Antietam Creek near the bridge hoping for some early season rainbows. I did not have much luck but managed to hook a pretty 12-13" smallmouth bass on a wooly bugger. The fish fought hard making me think it was a big rainbow trout. After a couple of photos I put it back.

The smallmouth was my first fish of 2015. I did not catch anything else at Antietam Creek so I decided to go up to the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Section of Beaver Creek to fish in the evening. Had a couple of small brown trouts bite on a nymph pattern but could not hook them. I am looking forward to the weekend and the opening of all the put and take trout streams in Maryland. It could snow on Saturday but maybe not too much. Tight lines.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Neal Murray, Recreational Angler
  2. Solomons, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Good Day Fishing in PG County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: PG County Pond

I fished a Prince George County pond on 3/23. I was using rapala countdowns & husky jerks. I ended the day with 14 fish - 11 pickerel and 3 bass. Best pickerel was 22 inches while the big bass measured 15 inches. No big strikes today. Light winds on the water with full sun and no clouds. A stop and go retrieve seemed to work well.

Tags: Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass

  1. David J. Fray, Recreational Angler
  2. Waldorf, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Waysons White Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Wayson Corner

Caught a nice white perch at Waysons Corner early in the morning on Sunday march 22, 2015.

Tags: White Perch

  1. Phillip Meredith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

First 3 Fish of the Year

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River and Beaver Creek Dam

First 3 fish of the year. I caught 2 catfish and 1 bluegill, fishing power bait pellets and nightcrawlers. The catfish was from the Wicomico River and the sunfish was from Beaver Creek Dam.

Tags: Bluegill, Catfish

  1. Brett Coakley, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Octoraro Creek Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Octoraro Creek

The weather finally cooperated a bit and allowed us to stock Octoraro Creek in Cecil County last week. With nice weekend weather, I wanted to travel up and assess participation in the fishery. I was pleased to see 10 anglers fishing when I arrived. Most were Cecil County residents, however others traveled a greater distance to fish since most other streams are currently closed until next Saturday. Although some ponds are open to fishing, most of the anglers I spoke with prefer to fish streams rather than ponds for trout.

Octoraro Creek is covered under statewide trout regulations, so anglers may harvest 2 fish/day. A trout stamp is required to harvest trout. The stocked portion of Octoraro Creek is located alongside Moore's Rd, off Rt 222 north of Port Deposit. Here is a map of the area.

Tight Lines!


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Tons of Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Nanticoke River

Here is a picture of my son Dan with a white perch caught on 3/22 on the Nanticoke River. We caught about 50 white perch on bloodworms.

Tags: white perch

  1. Fred Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Afternoon Mix

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bel Air

Nice afternoon to catch some sunnies, crappie and mystery fish (is this a shiner?) All were caught on #4 hooks and waxworms under a bobber.

DNR Response: Yes, that is a golden shiner.

Tags: sunfish, crappie, golden shiner

  1. Mike Andrews, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 23, 2015 | Permalink

1st Big One of the Season

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Lake Allen

I had a nice 4 hours at Lake Allen today and the bass was biting really good. All the fish was caught on small crankbaits and yes the bass were released.

Tags: largemouth bass, crappie

  1. Ryan Stouten, Recreational Angler
  2. Crofton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 20, 2015 | Permalink

Governor Bridge Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Governor Bridge Pond

I went fishing at the ponds on Governor Bridge Road for trout. I spent about an hour and caught my two trout as well as a largemouth bass. The bass was released and the trout were both named "Dinner". All caught on a rooster tail lure Thanks for stocking!

Tags: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

  1. Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 20, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of 2015

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Savage Mill

After this long winter and delays in stocking, the wait is finally over. I caught this nice 17.5 inch rainbow trout on my second cast this afternoon at Savage Mill.

Tags: rainbow trout

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