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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. 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: 39
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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: 39
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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: 36
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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


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
  4. View all reports by Devin Angleberger →

Posted on September 4, 2012 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Has Been Good To Me

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek has fished well lately, hoppers, scuds, as well as wet ants have been the ticket. This is a great fishery with great potential and lots of fish. The presentation must be good, no drag. Fished a couple sections including the upper fly only, and some private water which I was lucky enough to gain permission to fish it. Biggest brown has been right around 13", and a couple wild rainbows reaching 9", but most of the wild rainbows I caught were around 7" and their colors are beautiful. Biggest fish from the private water was a 19" rainbow who fought like a wild, but was not "born" in the stream, but sure did have some awesome colors.

Tags: brown trout, rainbow trout


  1. Sarah Burton, Fisheries Intern
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on June 29, 2012 | Permalink

Week 3: A Week Full of Travel and Great Experience

Type:
Region: Eastern, Western, Northern
Location: Tred Avon River, Cambridge, Beaver Creek, Otter Point Creek

My third week at DNR was particularly eventful. On Monday, I worked with Chris Judy, Program Manager of Marylanders Grow Oysters. This program strives to replenish the oyster population by having individuals from around the state grow oysters in cages (built by Maryland inmates) off of their private piers for nine months to a year while the oysters are at a vulnerable, young age. The piers we visited were located on the Tred Avon River, in Oxford. The oysters we pulled up were smaller than I expected and latched onto larger, empty oyster shells, which they had attached to as spat, or juvenile oysters. We took random samples from some locations, counting the live oysters, scars (marks from a detached oyster), and boxes (empty, attached oyster shells) on each larger shell. After collecting the oysters from the cages, we planted them at an oyster sanctuary nearby on the Tred Avon.

On Tuesday, I went along with Steve Vilnit and Kelly Barnes on a daytrip taking four chefs to a small, private, soft shell crab farm, Choptank Sweets Oyster Farm, J.M. Clayton (the world’s oldest crab house), and a lunch at Ocean Odyssey in Cambridge. The softshell crab farm was at first hard to spot but we pulled into the driveway of an older, private residence where we were welcomed to a separate area behind the house where they kept soft crabs. Upon entering we observed water, kept close to the crabs' natural salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen levels, being circulated into several long bins where dozens of crabs at different stages of molting were kept. We even got to touch a soft, squishy molting crab. At J.M. Clayton, we toured the facility and saw every stage of the process starting with fresh delivery of crabs by local watermen, to the hand-picking right next door by about 90 lightning-fast pickers, to packaging the fresh crabmeat, some of which we received and gladly devoured. At the oyster farm, we saw hundreds of floating cages, located in relatively shallow water near the shore of the Choptank, containing millions of oysters. We learned about their growing process, starting with tiny spat which, when mature enough, would be put in these floating cages to eventually be harvested and sold. We were also lucky enough to enjoy some fresh oysters right on the spot as well. On the shore of the farm, we pulled out our crabmeat from J.M. Clayton and some obligatory Old Bay to top our oysters with, and each thoroughly enjoyed the food and scenery.

On Wednesday I accompanied John Mullican and a small crew to two sites on Beaver Creek for a summer trout survey. It was here that I learned about electrofishing as a method to determine the abundance and health of fish populations. The crew carried two backpacks, wired to batteries and connected to a tail-like cathode and an anode which they would sweep across their front to stun nearby fish for collection. I was told repeatedly never to touch the water while electrofishing, as it would deliver a strong and uncomfortable shock. Though it was difficult in mid-torso deep water with a net in one hand and bucket in the other, luckily none of us had to experience this. During this survey, we were only after brown and rainbow trout, but we encountered lots of suckers and minnows, and some darters and sculpin. For each site, we would set up a net up ahead of us to ensure we collected only what could be found at this site at one time and prevent any other fish from drifting in. We completed three runs for each site in order to collect as many of the fish as possible and afterwards, we would weigh and measure them and compare the data to previous years and differently locations, focusing on locations where efforts had been made to restore the natural environment of trout.

On Friday, I joined Andrew Becker at a stream survey at Otter Point Creek in Harford County. This survey greatly differed from the Beaver Creek survey. Instead of a total crew of six, this survey enlisted a crew at least twice as large. At Beaver Creek, the water was fairly clear and near fifty degrees, and the stream was rocky and turbulent. Otter Point Creek was very murky and slow-moving with a much higher temperature. The creek was deep and had slippery clay banks and deep mud towards the center of the creek. Had I not been wearing waders, I definitely would've lost a shoe or two. Electrofishing seemed more treacherous than ever as we dragged a very small "cataraft" with a generator and plugs for each of the four connected anodes that Andrew and his crew swept back and forth in front of them. Each of us carried nets and snatched every fish we came into contact with, including several eels (a few of which I witnessed disturbingly snacking on one another in my bucket), redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed and a white catfish to name a few. The crew counted the numbers of each different species we collected in an effort to determine the health of Otter Point Creek as compared to previous years. Similar surveys are preformed on creeks and streams around Maryland. To learn about these surveys, you can visit Maryland Biological Stream Survey.

This week, I was extremely excited to have received so many invitations to shadow and assist so many different, influential people in a field which I would love to be a part of one day. Thanks to everyone who brought me along and patiently taught me so much!

Tags: oyster, blue crabs, brown trout, rainbow trout, eels, redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed, white catfish


  1. Hayden Cook, Fisheries Intern
  2. Total Reports: 14
  3. View all reports by Hayden Cook →

Posted on June 27, 2012 | Permalink

My Week in Fisheries Crabs, Oysters and Trout

Type:
Region: Eastern and Western
Location: Cambridge, Ocean City and Beaver Creek

Last week as an Intern for the DNR Fisheries Program, I got to go various assignments. Tuesday I went out with Steve Vilnit of the Commercial Fisheries Outreach and Marketing, with chefs from restaurants to show them where the local seafood comes from. On Wednesday and Thursday I drove to Beaver Creek in Washington County to meet up with John Mullican and his crew to help with an electrofishing survey on trout. Finally on Friday I went to the Coastal Bays near Ocean City with Chris Jones to troll and seine.

With Steve we first went to a woman’s house that has a small soft shell crabbing farm in a large one floor garage. She buys crabs off of watermen that are close to molting, then farms them till they molt their hard shell for their new shoft shell which she then sells. Next we went to J.M. Clayton Company, which is a crab factory. Here they buy the crabs off the watermen, then the crabs are cooked and picked. The crabs are picked by workers or toward the end of the season by machine. There was one picker in the factory that competed in a crab picking contest, and she won, I never knew someone could pick a crab so fast. Back to the point - the crab meat is sold as lump crab or claw meat to companies that then dispensed to restaurants. Our last stop for the day was at the Choptank Oyster Farm. This oyster farm is currently farming around ten million oysters, ranging from the ages of two to four years old. Cages for the oysters are made out of PVC piping in a rectangle shape, which holds one thousands oysters in each cage that float atop the water. My favorite part was eating the fresh oysters right out of their cages. Steve made up a concoction, where the crab meat from J.M. Clayton Company is placed on top of the oyster meat, with Old Bay and a sliver of hot sauce.

John Mullican and his crew took us out on Beaver Creek to go elcectrofishing. This is a great place for their survey because the creek stays at around fifty degrees or so all year long, with cold runoff from the mountains making it a pristine living and breeding habitat for brook, brown and rainbow trout. The purpose was to survey how the trout population is doing in differerent parts of the creek. Parts of the creek were naturally restored, meaning holes were dug on the bed of the creek, netting was put in places and other things were done to help make the creek as natural of a habitat for the trout, hoping that more trout would stay and survive there. The restored section we electrofished had a better trout population and young trout than before it was restored. Young trout are a very good sign because that means the habitat is ideal for trout to lay and hide there eggs under the small pebble like rocks on the bed of the creek. Trout need a rocky bottom when laying eggs so they can make a hole in the bed, and then push the rock back over the eggs for protection.

Over two days we electrofished four sections of Beaver Creek, two people held backpacks with a battery and a probe to shock the water, while the others held nets and buckets to catch and hold the trout. The trout ranged from two inches or smaller to around two feet, which was the biggest we caught. The creek is mostly brown trout, but there were a good amount of rainbow trout, our two footer was a rainbow trout caught in the put and take section which rainbow and brown trout are put in for anglers to catch and eat. Beaver Creek is a good place to fish for trout, and with the restoration programs going on the creek will only get better.

On Friday with Chris Jones and his co-workers I went to the Coastal Bays to troll and seine. For seining we drove and anchored the boat up to marshy land then got out and walked the 100 foot net with a bag in it about 100 feet or so. When trolling we would go out to 6 to 10 feet of water throw the troll net over board and troll the bottom of the ocean for 6 minutes. Every fish we caught would be measured, but after twenty fish of one type you would then just count the remaining. The temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen, and a secci disk test was done at each of the four location we worked that day.

Tags: Beaver Creek, rainbow trout, brown trout, electrofishing, brook trout, oysters, blue crabs


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
  4. View all reports by Devin Angleberger →

Posted on June 22, 2012 | Permalink

First Carp on the Fly

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Secret Mudhole

Ever since I started fly fishing about a year ago, I have wanted to catch a carp on the fly. They are renowned for their long runs and stubborn-ness to take a fly just when you think everythings right, then they reject it. I have tried multiple times to attempt to catch my first carp on the fly and all were fails. But, that all changed when Matt (former owner of Beaver Creek Fly Shop) offered to take me to a backwater bog, called "the mudhole." And the name speaks for it all; mud knee deep, snappers as big as a four-year-old, and probably snake infested. But it has carp, and lots of them too.

We were out around 11 a.m. and the rain continued to pour, but maybe it was for the best. I rigged up my seven weight fly rod that I won from the casting contest from The Brotherhood of the Junglecock with about six feet of 8lb test leading to a crayfish pattern tied by Matt. We looked around a little and saw feeding carp and fresh mud although they were very hard to see with the rain. I started blind casting to some fresh mud while Matt inspects some other water. Three casts in, I'm hollering and yelling, and I have my first ever carp on the fly on the end of my line. After a couple minutes of fighting, Matt beached it and can't believe on the third cast I caught a fish. It was a solid carp that put up a great fight, not a mark on him. After a couple photographs, we release him back intothe water.

We set up on another spot and saw a fish feeding about five feet in front of us, he doesn't like it but there is another one mudding about 15 feet out. I make a roll cast about one foot in front of it and six inches to his left. I see him turn on it, my line tightens, and boom, my second carp on the fly. After plenty of running, we get him close in about six inches of water and he then splashes and the muddy boggy water goes directly into Matt's mouth. That repeats several more times, and finally he learns to keep his mouth closed when landing fish. We are still trying to find what diseases can occur because of this situation. It is another solid carp; and a great day so far and it is only 45 minutes into fishing.

We head to the last section of the backwater and see plenty of fish mudding. After about 20 casts, I finally find a fish that wants to eat a pink San Juan worm. He screams line off and all we could see were ripples going everywhere because all of the fish were retreating. After another fight, my third ever carp on the fly comes to hand. All in all, it was a very fantastic day, although it probably was a fluke because the carp just wanted to welcome me into the world of fly fishing for carp. So thank you carp, and thank you Matt for taking me to this special place to "play around" with some carp.

Tackle: Seven weight rods with crayfish patterns and a pink San Juan worm also did great.

Summary: Carp fishing is fantastic, nothing else like it.

Tags: carp

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