Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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The Snakehead Contest is being incorporated into an Inland Freshwater Survey on the Volunteer Angler Creel Survey webpage. For 2013 the end-of-year random drawing will include anglers reporting snakeheads to the Anglers Log as well as anglers participating in the Volunteer Angler Creel Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches. The information is helping our biologists better understand how this invasive species increases its range.
Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
- Oxford, MD
- Total Reports: 39
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Swarming of May Worms
Location: Chesapeake Bay
We are approaching the end of May and a full moon is due this Memorial Day weekend; these two events mark the annual swarming of May Worms on the Chesapeake Bay. The marine worms that we often see when shucking a bushel of oysters are a common inhabitant of oyster reefs and shell litter on the bottom of the bay. This time of the year they under go a metamorphic change to a breeding form that can be seen in great masses at times under dock lights at night or just swimming around close to the surface in small groups. During this annual swarming event fish such as Striped Bass and White Perch gorge on the great feast that is before them much to the consternation of fishermen. Often Striped Bass can be seen so full of the little morsels that they seem ready to burst if they eat just one more, so therefore they tend to not be too interested in a fishermen’s offerings. The good part of all this is that fish fatten up on this banquet and build up fat reserves lost during a long winter. (Photos by Rich Watts)
Nick Vega, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 8
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One Huge Snakehead
Location: Piscataway Creek Park
I caught this snakehead at Piscataway Creek Park…using a 6 ft light action Shakespeare fishing rod, fluorescent yellow green buzz bait and 20lbs braided line… This baby measured 33 inches and weighted 17.5 lbs….after I hooked, I have to shoot it twice with my bow…
Jason Michalski, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Hans Geier, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Region: Lower Bay
Location: Mouth of the Patuxent
The following Spotted Hake was caught by my son, Josef Geier from Dowell, MD. It was caught at the mouth of the Patuxent while fishing for Spot on bloodworms. This is the first one we have seen in the area. Caught on 5/21/13 at approx. 3:16pm.
Robert Underwood, Recreational Angler
- Mechanicsville, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Snakehead and Egg Sandwich
I caught this 28 inch, 8 lbs female snakehead with a yellow # 2 spinner on 5/19 around 7 pm she was full of eggs. I turned her into a couple snaken egg and cheese on a bagel. It was amazing. Also thanks to the guy who helped me land that water sandwich.
Phillip Meredith, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 25
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Good Fishing at Roaring Point
Location: Roaring Point
I was fishing out of Roaring Point... I linked up with so many fish!!! I was going for the hardheads, but end up getting a small rockfish that I safely released after a quick picture and a Channel Catfish and around 20 Croakers what a day/night of fishing. I was using bloodworm and shrimp.
Collin Smith, Recreational Angler
- Arlington, VA
- Total Reports: 1
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My First White Perch of the Season
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Near Rock Hall
This was my first White Perch of the season, caught right outside of Rock Hall. I was fishing using a shad dart that resulted in a successful day of White Perch and Striped Bass.
Gareth Morgan, Recreational Angler
- Baltimore, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Striper Caught Under Sail
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Love Point
Sunday, May 19, 4pm - 30" striper caught on 6 oz. white tandem rig, trolling under sail! We trim the sails to go about 2.1-3.2 knots, no motor! That day we were trolling east and west along the channel edge at a 35'-45' drop off at Love Point. Fish caught in about 15-18' at depth of 42', going about 2.7 knots. We are a racing boat that also has a love for fishing, while attempting to use the least gas of any fishing boat in the Bay! We caught five fish that day, released three and kept two.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 30
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Slow Bite at Friends and Owens
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.
Thomas Wazlavek, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Small Cast Netted Drum
I caught these little fellas in a flat bottom area with my cast net. My question is, what kind of drum are they? They have slightly yellow pectoral fins and have the classic unmistakable drum mouth shape.They are about 1.5 inches long and I caught 7 of them.
DNR Response: Thomas, you caught some spot, Norfolk Spot are indeed in the drum family.