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There will be random drawings throughout the year 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.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA 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.

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  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on October 5, 2015 | Permalink

Farm Pond Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Farm Pond in Thurmont

It was a hot and sunny day but Ryley still wanted to hit the farm ponds to see if we could reel in any fish. Dad managed to connect and lose a nice bass and Ryley saved the day and reeled in 2 largemouth, both on spinners.

Tags: largmouth bass

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Kent Island Report

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Kent Island

The week of Sept 21st, my brother and I fished out of the Kent Island area, (near Goodhands Creek). Morning crabbing was slow, then we turned to fishing when the bird activity suddenly exploded. At that point the frenzy was on….lots of bluefish and rockfish chasing bay anchovies to the surface. Minnow plugs and heavy jigging spoons were both effective that day. By the early afternoon, the action stopped and quickly as it started. Tight lines!

Tags: bluefish, striped bass

  1. Thomas Minnick Jr., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Summer's Catch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Monocacy River

These are a few photo's of my catches this summer, 2 largemouth bass caught in Frederick watershed both 19" in length. The 32.5" catfish was caught in the Monocacy River In Walkersville. The fish put up a 28 min fight but I managed to land it smoothly. The smaller bass was caught and released in the Monocacy River in Walkersville. Thanks for providing such great public fishing in my hometown.

Tags: largemouth bass, catfish

  1. Roger Watkins, Recreational Angler
  2. Inwood, WV
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Small Walleye at Dam 4

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Potomac River Dam 4

Went to Dam 4 on the Potomac Tuesday morning after work. I got there around 6:30am fished for a few hours and was surprised by catching 11 walleye around 10"-12" and a few large sunfish and a small channel cat. Even though there were no giant walleye caught this time it was great catching the smaller ones ! Hoping the latex spill doesn't negatively impact the river ! Lures used: drop shot/gulp minnow, 1/8oz jig head gulp minnow, rapala fat rap.

Tags: walleye, sunfish, channel catfish

  1. Kristen Wolfe, Recreational Angler
  2. Lancaster, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Big Perch on the Patapsco

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Kristen Wolfe of Lancaster, PA caught this white perch and many more using peelers on the Patapsco River.

Tags: white perch

  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Nice 15 Inch Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Codorus State Park

So I'm fishing with a wacky worm in very windy conditions and there had been a grass patch so I threw on top of the grass patch and then I stopped it at the end of the grass and let it gas and that when he hit a nice 15" bass.

Tags: largmouth bass

  1. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on October 1, 2015 | Permalink

Dargan Bend Potomac Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Dargan Bend

Put in last Saturday morning at Dargan Bend, we caught 2 largemouths and 8 smallmouths. The morning bite was good all fish ranged from 8"-14" and were landed on soft plastics.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass

  1. Lee Marshall, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 30, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Herring Bay

This 13.5” white perch was caught in Herring Bay near Rockhold Creek off of Deale, MD. Rough conditions on 9/26 forced us in close to shore where we caught this big guy right against the shoreline.

Tags: white perch

  1. Jeffrey A. Schmidt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 30, 2015 | Permalink

Summer Flounder in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Oceaan City

25.5 inch, 8 lb. summer flounder caught in Ocean City, Maryland East Channel.

Tags: summer flounder

  1. Michael Horseman, Recreational Angler
  2. Portland, TX
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 30, 2015 | Permalink

Large White Catfish

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Nanticoke River

I was fishing in the Nanticoke River from a private pier in Riverton, MD last weekend. I caught several blue and channel catfish up to the 3 to 4 pound range. However, the largest fish was a white catfish. I thought it was a blue until I noticed the broad head, shorter anal fin, and less deeply forked tail. I'm guessing the fish weighed 5 pounds or more since I had no scale or measuring device. It was definitely the largest white catfish I've ever seen. The picture shows the fish before the hook was removed. It was released.

Tags: channel catfish, white catfish

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