Discounted Fishing License

Now through January 31, 2015, Marylanders who have not bought an annual nontidal or tidal fishing license since 2011 will automatically enjoy a 50% discount on their fishing license purchase.

It’s as simple as logging into the DNR Compass Licensing System or visiting a DNR Service Center or a tackle shop to buy a 2015 license. The discount is automatic, but only through January, 2015.

The promotion is designed to encourage anglers to return to Maryland waters and enjoy the excellent fishing the state has to offer.

Fishing is one of the best values in life, promoting quality time in nature with friends and family.

For a limited time, the already low cost of entry is just 50% better

More Information Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/12/19/7807/

Garrett anglers win Md. high school tourney

And the winners are...

OAKLAND — Joe McClosky and Morgan Winegardner, fishing for the Southern Garrett Bass Slayers, won first place at the Maryland State High School Bass Fishing Championships on the Potomac River in Charles County recently.

The pair’s two-fish weight of 5 pounds, 6 ounces earned the top spot. McClosky caught the largest bass during the tournament at 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Read More Here:  http://www.times-news.com/sports/outdoors/article_be1177e6-5744-11e4-ac5c-93b7c5b5b440.html

 

Fishing Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake

By  in Outdoors | July 08, 2014 at 1:36PM

Fishing Deep Creek Lake can be a cool down from what you're normally used to in the summertime

Fishing Deep Creek Lake can be a cool down from what you’re normally used to in the summertime

MCHENRY, Md. — The first thing you notice is the cool air. Nestled in the western mountains of Maryland, not far from the West Virginia border, is a unique lake which can be a gem for a summer retreat.

Deep Creek Lake is a highland reservoir that features attributes normally confined to the deep south.

“It has characteristics of each,” said Brent Nelson, a longtime guide on the lake. “You go really far south into Turkey Neck and Green Glade you feel like you’re in a southern impoundment. there’s a lot of meadow grass, lily pads, and cattails. Then you get down to the dam you get that rocky shoreline and it looks like a highland reservoir. We have two very different types of habitat on the lake.”

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DNR talks Savage River trout at open house

Michael A. Sawyers Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — More than 30 people came to an open house Saturday to hear about brook trout management in the upper Savage River drainage, some traveling from as far away as Baltimore and Sugar Grove, W.Va.
The Maryland Fisheries Service, a part of the Department of Natural Resources, conducted the meeting at Allegany College of Maryland to discuss impacts of special regulations in place for brookie fishing during the past five years.
Beginning in 2007, the use of bait and the keeping brook trout in 111 miles of the river’s drainage was prohibited. Much of the drainage is made up of tributaries flowing into the Savage River Reservoir or the river that feeds it.
“There has been no significant improvement (in the brookie population),” said Don Cosden, chief of the freshwater fish management. “In fact, there has been a drop across the board.”
Cosden said bad reproduction of baby brookies throughout the study period have made the results inconclusive. Robert Hilderbrand, PhD, of the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences, Appalachian Lab in Frostburg, directed the study.
Reproduction was poor, Cosden said, because of high water flows in some years and low water flows in others.
Visitors to the open house were given the opportunity to supply written comments about the brook trout management.
“We had the gamut,” Cosden said. “Some passionately told us we had made the wrong decision (with the regulations). Some agreed with the regulations and some wanted the regulations to be even more strict, such as a moratorium on fishing.”
The complete study is available at www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries as is a place for online comments.
Cosden said all public comments will be reviewed and considered in future management decisions.
Doug Oxford, Oakland, said he is an avid Garrett County brook trout fisherman who has mixed emotions about the regulations.
“In 1987, a friend and I would start at the top of Poplar Lick and fish all the way to the bottom. We would catch 200 brook trout using small red garden worms and hooking them in the lips. We put them all back,” he said.
On the other hand, Oxford said he doesn’t think all fishermen have the knowledge and skill to use bait to catch brook trout in that manner. More fish die that swallow hooks into their throats or gullets, according to Hilderbrand.
The regulation will remain unchanged for now, Cosden said. The agency will continue annual population surveys of brook trout by shocking them with electric current for weighing and measuring before their return to the water.
Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

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Bass fever takes hold at National Harbor

By Judy Colbert

September 15, 2011 | 10:11 a.m.
Luke Clausen found a rare day in June when, on the fourth day of the FLW Tour bass fishing tournament on the Potomac River out of National Harbor, he brought in 19 pounds, 4 ounces of fish, two pounds more than any other professional fishermen had caught that day. His total catch weighed 69 pounds, 14 ounces, and it earned him a cool $125,000 paycheck….

…Lesser events churn up interest too, and Deep Creek Lake and other watery venues in Maryland host more than 100 tournaments each year.

Bass is easily the number one fresh-water sport fish, according toChad Gay of FLW Outdoors, because the bass population is so large and available in rivers, lakes and even backyard ponds. “They’re a predator,” says Gay, “and a fun fish to fish for. They’re somewhat aggressive and they will bite almost anything, just out of curiosity.”

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DNR suspending fishing licenses of 60 offenders

New regulations implemented in spring
Michael A. Sawyers
Cumberland Times-News The Cumberland Times-News Wed Sep 14, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND — Acting for the first time on newly implemented regulations, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources intends to suspend the fishing licenses of 60 recreational anglers.

“We were given legislative authority in 2009 for suspensions and revocations and this spring the guidelines were implemented,” Thomas O’Connell, director of the Fisheries Service, said Wednesday. “Fishermen need to follow the rules or know that there are consequences.”

Even first-time offenders may face a suspension for violations such as exceeding the trout creel limit in put-and-take waters or possessing trout while in a catch-and-return area. Other qualifying violations include the possession of trout in a zero-creel-limit area, too many or wrong-sized yellow perch and keeping or possessing trout in a delayed-harvest area during prohibited times.

The use of bait or artificial lures where they are prohibited are violations, but will not trigger suspensions, according to Fisheries Service spokeswoman Sarah Widman.

“These 60 anglers were sent letters on Aug. 26 informing them that their licenses would be suspended and telling them that they have 30 days to appeal,” O’Connell said. Appellants will meet with an administrative law judge — in Annapolis, Hunt Valley or Centreville — who has the options of upholding, lessening or eliminating the suspension.

Suspensions range from 30 days to one year, depending upon the violation.

“This time around, we have recommended the maximum suspensions for the particular violations,” O’Connell said. Suspensions are proposed only after conviction in court or prepayment of fines.

Four of the proposed suspensions, each of 180 days, are for violations committed in far Western Maryland.

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Reel Report: Get fishing before school starts up

By James Drake

Those people who keep track of such things tell us this past July was the hottest month on record.

And, not only was it the hottest July, but the hottest anything….

Deep Creek Lake — The largemouths are finally starting to make an appearance. LOU guides Bret Winegardner and Brent Nelson are finding them around both grass beds and boat docks while throwing wacky-rigged plastics along with frogs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and chatterbaits.

For the smallmouth, the best areas continue to be the park shoreline, offshore humps and rocky shores and coves toward the dam. If you seek those big Deep Creek bluegill, try around the docks and also look along the grassbeds and in stump fields.

For more information, go to www.fishdeepcreek.com.

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>Don’t miss the bluegill spawn

>Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:00 am

Don’t miss the bluegill spawn By Jim Gronaw, Tight Lines Carroll County Times | 0 comments

This is one of my favorite times of the entire year because bluegills are spawning in just about every body of water within a 100-mile-radius of Carroll County.

Of course, you don’t have to travel that far to get in on fast paced, hectic action on the prolific panfish. Some of my best waters are just down the street, with small public lakes and local farmponds leading the pack for great fishing for quality sized bluegills.

My love affair with these fish began when I was 5 years old when I caught my first one on a bobber and a worm. To this very day, I haven’t been the same. As I got a little older I started to seek water and places that had bigger and better bluegill fishing….

…The current state record for bluegill came from Deep Creek – an astonishing 3 pound, 7 ounce fish. Closer to home, local farm ponds can yield quality catches of fish up to and exceeding 10 inches in length. Toss in some big red ear sunfish and hybrid sunfish and you’re in for a treat.

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