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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.

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Latest Youth Angler's Log Reports from Youth Anglers


Jeremiah Harrington
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: May 4, 2015 Permalink

Largemouth Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert County
Tags: largemouth bass

Jeremiah Harrington caught this small largemouth on a watermelon colored plastic worm in Calvert County. He also caught this second fish as the sun went down.

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Ryley McCardell
Youth Angler
Thurmont, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: April 28, 2015 Permalink

First Striper for the Boat

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach, MD
Tags: striped bass

Ryley set out aboard the Wound Tight for the third straight year this Sunday and managed to reel in the first striper for the boat. It measured 36.75 inches from nose to tail and fell just within the slot limit and was released after a brief picture. The rest of the boat landed another four stripers between 36 and 39.5 inches.

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Jayden Venable
Youth Angler
Eldersburg, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

Union Mills Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Silver Run Pond
Tags: catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout

The first fishing outing of the season and it has to be this cold. Really, will winter ever end. We have fish to catch!

Capt. Big Fish was at the Silver Run Pond kids fishing rodeo sponsored by the Union Mills Lions Club; you people are the best!!

The day started out just like last year I was catching everything but trout. The bad part was a beautiful 14" golden trout was right in front of me the whole day, but would not hit on anything. If I had a treble hook I could have snatched him........LOL

I started with a few small bluegills fishing about 4 feet deep, then decided due to the cold temps the fish might be deep. I removed all my floats and started bottom fishing landing a nice fat 11.75" mud cat. Then I had a nice strong fight with a 11.75" bass. Finally I landed a 13" rainbow trout to put me 2nd on the leader board (the story of my young tournament career). Late in the afternoon I landed a Godzilla Crappie which was 11.5". I had caught crappie before, but not like this one. I released all my fish to catch again another day. At the end I was awarded the 2nd place trophy in the 6-8 age group. I was still so excited to try other spots on the pond that I grabbed my trusty dock demon and headed around the pond trying different spots. Only problem was I set my trophy down, when I returned it was gone. I looked everywhere. Needless to say It was not a pretty picture when a cold, hungry, and tired 6 year old has a melt down. Oh well, it is not about the gold. It is all about the fish! I had the thrill of the reel, reeling in Godzilla!

Ghost writer Papaw Jackson

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Ethan Fike
Youth Angler
Finzel / Frostburg MD
Total Reports:
27
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

First Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Out of Herrington Harbor
Tags: striped bass

Me, my dad and some friends traveled from western MD to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday where I caught my first rockfish while fishing onboard the charter boat Never E Nuff. My fish was 35 inches long.

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Steven Snyder
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: April 24, 2015 Permalink

First Bass This Season

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: North East River
Tags: largemouth bass

First bass of the season on the North East River. All three caught using a yellow spinner.

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Ryley McCardell
Youth Angler
Thurmont, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: April 24, 2015 Permalink

Thurmont Pack 270 Trout Fishing and Litter Clean Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Frank Bentz Pond
Tags: rainbow trout

Along with being an avid angler Ryley is also an avid outdoorsman and belongs to Cub Scout Pack 270 in Thurmont. What better way to introduce his friends to fishing than to have a Den meeting at our local pond! Ryley and his fellow scouts spent the evening fishing for rainbow trout and managed to land quite a few on salmon eggs. They also performed a service project and cleaned up litter left from fellow anglers during the trout opener. It was a win/win for the boys and wildlife!

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Riley Simmons
Youth Angler
Keedysville, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 22, 2015 Permalink

Big Fish for this Youth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Little Antietam Youth Fishing Area
Tags: rainbow trout

Riley caught a 25 inch, 7 lb. rainbow trout on Sunday, April 19 in the Little Antietam Youth Fishing Area. Riley landed the trophy catch using a spinner.

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Nathan Williams
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
11
Sent in on: April 21, 2015 Permalink

Opening Day Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: St. Leonard, MD
Tags: striped bass

Nathan went fishing on opening day of rockfish season with his dad and brother Landon in St. Leonard, MD. He was lucky enough to catch this 29 inch rockfish from the beach just before sun down . He was using bloodworms and a bottom rig.

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Coy Mills
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: April 21, 2015 Permalink

Bass Fishing in Owings

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Owings Pond
Tags: largemouth bass

Coy Mills and Jeremiah Harrington caught these bass at a local pond in Owings on plastic worms. Beautiful day of fishing!

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Jack Reilly
Youth Angler
Salisbury, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 20, 2015 Permalink

Award Size Striper at Deal Island

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Deal Island
Tags: striped bass

Jack was trolling with his Dad off Deal Island with a white parachute lure when he caught this 40.5 inch striped bass.

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