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Everyone at the Fisheries Service would like to express our sincerest thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends who made the time to take our young anglers fishing this past year. The smiling faces below are worth a 1,000 words of gratitude.

Share your latest fishing experience on the Youth Angler's Log

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Latest Youth Angler's Log Reports from Youth Anglers


Eric Connolly
Youth Angler
New Market, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

Hooked on Fishing After First Catch

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City, MD
Tags: Croaker

My son Eric, age 12 has Autism and my dad (69 years old) is an avid fisherman. During the last 12 years Eric has never had an interest to fish. I know that has always broken my dad's heart. He has tried for many years to get him to fish or at least go in a boat. This summer we were in Ocean City, Maryland for vacation. One evening our family (grand-dad & grand mom included) went out on the beach to fish and told Eric what we were doing. He seemed to like the idea and we asked him if he wanted to hold the rod. He complied and within 5 minutes he caught a fish. Well that's all it took. He was hooked. He caught another one within 5 minutes and another one. It was an exciting night to say the least, especially to have his grandfather present. The smiles on everyone's faces that night was priceless. I have attached 3 pictures. One picture shows his first fish and the 2nd photo is his 2nd fish (I think both croakers) and the 3rd photo is something I never thought I would get a picture of….and that was Eric holding a rod and looking off into the ocean. It was an amazing site.

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Lorenzo Sanz
Youth Angler
Glen Arm, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

Fishing with my New Awesome Fishing Rod

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir
Tags: Maryland Fishing Challenge, Maryland Youth Fishing Club

I went to Loch Raven Reservoir to try out my new fishing rod that I won at the Maryland Youth Fishing Awards Ceremony. I had a blast at the Maryland Seafood Festival and the Maryland Awards Ceremony last weekend. I am so excited about my fishing trip. Thank you Maryland DNR!

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Ethan Fike
Youth Angler
Finzel / Frostburg MD
Total Reports:
18
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

Savage River Reservoir Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River Dam
Tags: Rainbow Trout, Maryland Youth Fishing Club, Maryland Fishing Challenge

We figured out the fall pattern for catching rainbow trout. Dad and I fished the Savage River Reservoir from our Canoe on Saturday 9-6-14 and caught our limit of trout. I caught this nice 18" trout. We saw an American Bald Eagle flying in to land and I grabbed the camera and got these pictures of it, he is in the center of the one picture sitting on a tree branch. The next day we headed to the fishing challange finale where I won a fishing rod, a tackle box, and best of all a fishing trip on the Baltimore Harbor. Thanks to the DNR for having the fishing challenge and a great big thanks to captain Tom Hughes for donating the fishing trips and to Matt from the Fisheries Service who presented the youth awards. I am very excited about the fishing trip with Captain Tom and can hardly wait until next year to go on it. Matt, we are looking forward to learning ice fishing this year and hope to see you out there.

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Rachel Ehm
Youth Angler
Monkton, MD
Total Reports:
10
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

First Place at Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fort Smallwood Park
Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch

I fishing at Fort Smallwood Park in the Pasadena Sportfishing Kids Tournament. I caught a lot of rockfish & 1 white perch. I came in third place in the tournament and came in first place in the most fish caught (20 fish). I had a great time.

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Jacob Ehm
Youth Angler
Monkton, MD
Total Reports:
15
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

Youth Fishing Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fort Smallwood Park
Tags: Striped Bass

I went to a fishing tournament today in Pasadena. I caught a lot of rockfish, all about 6 to 11 in. I caught 18 rockfish in all, I even helped another boy learn how to fish. We had a great time.

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Jacob Ehm
Youth Angler
Monkton, MD
Total Reports:
15
Sent in on: September 12, 2014 Permalink

Great Day Pond Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond
Tags: Bluegill, Sunfish, Catfish

Had a chance to go fishing and caught some catfish, bluegill and sunfish after school today in a Harford County Pond. Also I had a great time at the Seafood Festival Sunday, 9/7/2014. Thank you DNR for my fishing trip.

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Samuel Mistler
Youth Angler
Charlestown, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: September 9, 2014 Permalink

Northern Bay MSSA Youth Tournament Winner

Type: Chesapeake
Region: North Eastern
Location: Northern Bay
Tags: Carp

Samuel, age 11 won the Northern Bay MSSA child’s fishing tournament with a 29 inch carp in his hometown of Charlestown, Maryland. He was in the Woods & Water section of the Cecil Whig for his win. He is seen here in a photo with his Father Dennis Mistler with the prize catch. Sam has won this tournament 3 other times and has been fishing since he was 2. We were at the Sandy Point presentation yesterday, his dad caught a citation catfish and was given tickets to the event. We truly enjoyed it.

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Lorenzo Sanz
Youth Angler
Glen Arm, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: September 8, 2014 Permalink

Awesome Day at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir
Tags: Panfish

Another awesome day fishing at the Loch Raven Reservoir on Monday, September 1, 2014 with my dad. We caught four fish. Lots of fish eating my bait that day. I saw a huge turtle swimming near shore. What a great day!


Justin Johnson
Youth Angler
Elkridge, MD
Total Reports:
8
Sent in on: August 27, 2014 Permalink

Centennial Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Lake
Tags: Largemouth Bass

3 bass day at Centennial Lake last Thursday all on wacky rig.

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Jacke Schroeder
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 25, 2014 Permalink

Bynum Run Smallie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bynum Run
Tags: Smallmouth Bass

Jake caught this smallmouth in Bynum Run in Belair on Friday August the 22 nd.

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