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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. 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. Keith Craig, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on October 21, 2014 | Permalink

Big Beaver Creek Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Beaver Creek

Keith caught this beautiful 6.7 lb rainbow in Beaver Creek on 10-16-14. The fish managed to not be caught since the spring stocking of 2014.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Vernon D Wilson, Recreational Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

Vernon caught this 12" Brown Trout. It was landed on a #20 Pheasant Tail Nymph on Beaver Creek 03/25/2014.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Fly Fishing Section

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

The catch and release, fly fishing only section of Beaver Creek was fishing very well the other day. I parked at the fly shop, and walked downstream to just above the U-turn, and fished upstream into the stocked water. I landed a few small ones on a double nymph rig; a size 16 cressbug with a little size 20 caddis pupae dropper. The water is very very low, and the fish are very spooky. I fished a three weight, with a 10ft 5x leader, and 6x to the dropper. Most lower pools you can high stick it through the runs, with a little split shot, and further upstream, I fished a small indicator. Very little surface activity besides a few small sips to midges, weather has been relatively warm, a few caddis might come off this week.

Tags: trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 48
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Posted on October 28, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lower Beaver Creek

I decided to take advantage of the fall stocking of lower Beaver Creek. I started fishing one of the holes by a small bridge. I talked to a fisherman who had been there for 3 hours in the morning and he caught only one trout. Fishing was slow but there were plenty of trout in the creek. I tried streamers and nymphs but these fish would not budge. One man gave directions to the mill so I went there and found a bunch of fisherman catching one here and there but I had no luck. One fisherman gave me a black and pink wooly bugger to try but still no luck. He had already caught his limit and said that the fly needed some color to get a strike. The fish would chase it but not bite. I guess that one day of heavy fishing pressure can make a lot of difference.

I headed up to Middle Creek to see if it had received another stocking. In one of the big pools I saw some Smallmouth Bass and maybe one Rainbow Trout but still the same thing happened-these fish would not bite. Water levels were really low and clear in Middle Creek which is usually slightly muddy.

I returned to Beaver Creek and the first place I fished at in the morning and hooked a Rainbow Trout on the black and pink wooly bugger. I landed him but did not get any more bites. Tried nymphs and finally a green streamer which got a strike but I lost the fish. The trees and limbs claimed quite a few of my flies and leaders as I could not help getting my fly line hooked in them.

I decided to go back to the mill and fished a streamer in one of the runs. Still no luck. It looked like my wife and I would only have one fish to share for dinner. Then I remembered a spot under one of the bridges at the mill. There were a bunch of trout stacked up in hole but still the same story-they would not bite on anything. I switched to tiny bead had nymph and tipped it with some leftover purple power bait. This did the trick and I soon filled my limit catching four fish at the mill in the late afternoon. I had to carefully maneuver the nymph so it would float directly into the trout's mouth. If it was off by 2 inches-no bites. It was a happy ending to an otherwise slow day of fishing. There might not be much left by now as the two put and take locations are receiving a steady stream of anglers. Most of the fish are small but good eating.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 48
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Posted on May 22, 2013 | Permalink

Slow Bite at Friends and Owens

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Friend's Creek and Owen's Creek

I decided to head up to Friend's Creek and Owen's Creek to see if there were any fish left after the last stocking of spring. I first tried Owen's Creek turning several Brown Trout using a streamer fly but no luck. I headed up to Friend's Creek and hooked a nice brown on BWO nymph at a popular pool by the road. Tried the same nymph in several pools but the fish would not bite. A week makes a lot of difference - the trout are as tough to catch as those in the catch and release sections of the Gunpowder or Beaver Creek. Finally I fished one of the lower pools and hooked a nice rainbow. I returned to the hole where I hooked the brown but no luck. There are some fish left but getting them to bite is not easy. The spring scenery is pretty in spite of the slow bite. Power bait anglers might have better luck. I finished the day at lower Owen's Creek with another smaller Brown Trout. I caught 3 trout in all-enough for dinner. People were telling me how hot the weather is - around 86F and it is not even June yet. The photo is of the Brown Trout I caught-about 12". Tight lines all.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Lee DuQuin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 9, 2013 | Permalink

Beautiful Tiger Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Devil's Backbone Dam

This is my trophy Tiger Trout that I caught on the morning of 4-26-13 at Devil's Backbone Dam in Hagerstown, MD. I was told this particular kind of fish is not common in MD, so i'm not sure how it got here considering rainbow & brown are the commonly stocked trout in MD. I sure am proud of my birthday catch! Thank You for this opportunity.

DNR Response: Your Tiger Trout is a hatchery trout, not a natural cross. A few years ago we handled a stocking permit for Tiger Trout further upstream in Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek flows into Antietam Creek at Devils Backbone). Recently fishermen have also reported catching large hatchery Brook Trout in the lower portion of Beaver Creek. It is possible that additional Tiger Trout and Brook Trout were stocked in the area of Beaver Creek and made their way down to Antietam Creek. Your Tiger Trout is a novel prize.

Tags: Tiger Trout


  1. Steve Peperak, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 10, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Beaver Creek

My daughter Baylee had an great day of Trout fishing on Beaver Creek, near Hagerstown. She landed several including this nice Brown Trout.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Phillip Meredith, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Mix of Fish From Salisbury

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Beaver Dam Creek

Fun fishing with minnows at Beaverdam Creek in Salisbury, MD. Caught a few crappies, a small chain pickerel and a guy I was talking to landing a small size bass... it was a good mix of fish.

Tags: Black Crappie, Chain Pickerel

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