Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. All information is optional, but encouraged.
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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.
A new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.
Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 13
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Rocky Gorge Memorial Day Report
Location: Rocky Gorge
My friend and I spent a few hours fishing Rocky Gorge Reservoir on this past Memorial Day. Water conditions were cloudy with a lot of floating wood. We were wondering if this maybe is caused from the Dam being opened? Unfortunately, it was a slow day we only caught a couple largemouth in the 2-3lb range.
William Flint, Recreational Angler
- Frederick, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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First Largemouth From Kayak
Location: Cunningham Falls Lake
Caught this one finesse fishing with a Rapala jointed bait among submerged tree branches on Memorial Day. This is my first bass from my kayak and hopefully not the last one. There was a lot of people keeping cool from the heat and enjoying being out on the water anyway they could.
Dan Hamilton, Recreational Angler
- Port Republic, Maryland
- Total Reports: 2
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Still a Few Fine Trophy Rockfish in the Bay
Location: Parker’s Creek
I wanted to report that there are still a few fine trophy rockfish left in the Chesapeake Bay. My sister, Clare Siebert, caught this fine 40 inch rockfish on Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015 in 36 feet of water off Parker’s Creek on the fishing vessel Megaladon. This was Clare’s first angler award rockfish – what a spectacular day!
Noah Holloway, Recreational Angler
- Scaggsville, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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Snakehead Found in Little Patuxent River
Location: Found in Little Patuxent River
I was fishing at the Little Patuxent River in Savage, MD when my buddy noticed a fish, resembling a snakhead come to the top for air. In disbelief, I climbed a tall boulder and put on my fishing glasses. Sure enough what looked to be about a 30 inch snakehead was laying on a sandy bottom in about two feet of water. The hunt was on to try to capture this savage fish. After throwing a gulp minnow near the sighting, I was able to catch a much smaller 15 inch snakehead. Not the fight I was hoping to get on my first snakehead, but none the less, one more dead snakehead. I have fished this pool and the surrounding ones all spring and this is the first I have seen or even heard of in this river. Probably the reason why I didn't catch any trout there today…
Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 3
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Good Mix in Baltimore
Location: Loch Raven and Joppatowne
Loch Raven first then I went to Joppatowne fishing with the kids. At Loch Raven we caught some nice size chain pickerel, bass, bluegill and yellow perch . At joppatowne we caught some small channel catfish, eel, bluegill and yellow perch.
Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Lots of Croakers
Location: Bushwood, MD
Went out Saturday with a couple friends to Bushwood, MD. We caught about 60 croakers between the 3 of us. Bait used was shrimp and bloodworms. I had 5 double headers. 3 croakers I measured were 14 inches all in all another great day at the water.
Alexis Gómez, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Josh Henesy, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 5
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Upper Potomac Invaders
Location: Upper Potomac
The invasive flathead catfish bite is on in the upper Potomac River! Recently discovered in the freshwater Potomac, these apex predators appear to have established themselves. Flathead catfish are extremely productive, creating high numbers of offspring each year. They grow fast, fight hard, and reach impressive sizes. Unfortunately, this biological invader consumes at various levels of the food chain in large quantities! They undoubtedly have serious potential to alter the natural ecology of the river, which may pose a serious threat to naturalized sport fish populations. Studies from other rivers suggest that these top predators negatively impact populations of both sunfish and crayfish; both of which serve as important prey for other popular game fish in the river. Anglers are encouraged to keep all that they catch and are reminded that there is no creel limit or minimum size restrictions for this species.
Pictured is Brett Poffenberger of Williamsport, MD who managed to land over 10 flatheads in a single weekend outing. He targeted woody-debris piles in areas of slow to moderate current. Brett enjoyed a fish fry with family and friends to compliment his Memorial Day picnic!
Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
- Indian Head
- Total Reports: 26
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81 Snakehead Removed from the Potomac
Location: Potomac River
We fished the 3rd Annual Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department Snakehead Tournament. Needless to say we won first place with 81 snakeheads with a total weight of 397 lbs.
M Ryan, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Yellow Bullhead and Largemouth
Location: Lake Marion and Lake Linganore
I caught a large yellow bullhead at Lake Marion adjacent to Lake Linganore. I had no idea this was a large size for it’s species. I wear a size 12 boot so I would have to guess the cat was at least 16” and around +/-3 lbs? I appreciate it much more now. Also caught this 18.5” largemouth at Lake Linganore later that day.
DNR Note: The current State record for bullhead catfish, freshwater division, is 3 lbs., 6 oz., caught in 2007 at Loch Raven Reservoir by Zelijko Koretic.