Category: Fresh Water Fishing

New Trout Fisheries in Maryland

Beginning June 1, trout anglers in Maryland will have opportunities to harvest trout from the scenic Patapsco River. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the opening of a one-mile section of the South Branch Patapsco River near Sykesville as a Group 1 Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area. DNR created the new area…

Muskellunge Species Information

Description Muskellunge closely resemble other esocids such as the northern pike and American pickerel in both appearance and behavior. Like the northern pike and other aggressive pikes, the body plan is typical of ambush predators with an elongated body, flat head, and dorsal, pelvic and anal fins set far back on the body. Muskellunge are…

Yellow Perch Species Information

Identification The yellow perch has a yellow to brass-colored body and distinct pattern, consisting of five to nine olive-green, vertical bars, triangular in shape, on each side. Its fins are lighter in coloration, with an orange hue on the margins. The body is laterally compressed. The anterior portion of the body is deep, gradually tapering…

Flathead Catfish Species Information

Description Flatheads grow to a length of 155 cm (61 in) and may weigh up to 56 kg (123 lb), making it the second-largest North American catfish (after the blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus). The average length is about 25-46 in (64-117 cm). Their maximum recorded lifespan is 24 years. Males are mature from 16 cm (6.3 in) and 4 years of…

Crappie  Species Information

Crappie Species– White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis)(picture) and Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) are very similar and very popular fish. They are often found schooling together and most anglers can not tell the difference when they catch one of each.   Crappie Description – Black and white crappie are the same colors, ranging from dark olive to black…

Largemouth Bass Species Information

Physical Description The largemouth bass is the largest and most popular member of the Centrarchidae family of sunfish and its subgroup known as black bass. Largemouth bass have bodies that are both elongated and thick, providing them with the ability to swim very quickly for short bursts. Their coloring is mostly green, ranging from olive…

Common name: Walleye, a.k.a. walleyed pike, doré, pike, jackfish, jack, and pickerel (note, however, that the walleye is not a pike, despite the names) Scientific name: Stizostedion vitreum (Stizostedion means “pungent throat” and vitreum means “glassy”, referring to the large eye. Appearance: Walleye have olive to brown bodies with a yellowish underbelly. Their most distinctive…