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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.

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. Jacke Schroeder, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Jacke Schroeder →

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Bynum Run Smallie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bynum Run

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

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Holly Solano, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Fish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek

Here is a photo of the 10" fish we caught in the Seneca Creek Stream just downstream of the Road bridge, in Germantown, MD on a worm and spinner. It took the line like a bass, and did a lot of drumming/croaking while we took it off the hook. It had a dark olive back, with prominent scale scallop pattern. Fish had no spots, no stripes, a soft white underbelly with pinkish tinge, and red fins. Silhouette very trout-like.

We are new to coastal estuary fishing, and wonder if this is a baby red drummer without a spot, or a baby silver drummer without the characteristic yellow fins? If it is a drummer, doss it seem odd that it is so far upstream from the estuary waters?

Thanks for any education you can provide us on our mystery fish. It is the first time she caught a fish we couldn't identify!

DNR Response: You caught a Fallfish. They are very common in our inland rivers and streams. They can grow as large as 15” or so.

Tags: Fallfish


  1. Mike Hurd, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Strange Catches

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Podickory Point, Snake Reef

Saturday, August 16 2014 turned out to be one of the weirdest fishing days we have ever had on the bay. We decided to head north of our usual haunts off Podickory Point and checked out Snake Reef off Gibson Island for the first time in a couple of years. We hadn't been there more than a few minutes (on a rising tide) and our rod bent double in the rod holder. At first, we thought it was a ray -- but a few minutes later, we landed a Channel Catfish that was probably around 10 lbs. Then… a few minutes later, the rod bent double AGAIN and we landed a Blue Catfish that we estimate was close to 20 lbs. The morning continued like this until we caught seven more channel cats, along with 10 White Perch, 2 croaker, and a Spot. The catfish alone ended up being 12 meals in the freezer.

We're guessing that the rains earlier in the week had something to do with the "misplaced" catfish. We have been fishing on the bay, between the Patapsco River and Thomas Point Light for 15 years -- and this is the first time we have EVER caught catfish.

DNR Response: Channel Catfish have been in the area for a long time, but more commonly in the tributaries or near the mouth. The salinity, regulated by dry and wet spells, really determines how far downriver or into the bay they extend. It will change on any given year. The Blue Catfish, however, is new to that area. Both catfish species can tolerate higher salinities (greater than 12 ppm) for short periods of time which means they can move around from place to place quite easily. Blue Catfish are even being found in higher salinities than earlier believed. The heavy rains that we had last week could, most certainly, cause salinity sensitive fish to move in and out of areas that they normally aren't found in.

Tags: Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, White Perch, Croaker, Spot, Invasive


  1. Neal Murray, Recreational Angler
  2. Solomons, MD
  3. Total Reports: 9
  4. View all reports by Neal Murray →

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Low and Slow to Catch the Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

I got out on the water late in the afternoon. I tried a square bill crank bait and managed to catch 2 Bluegills and a small bass. I switched up to a white jig and fished off the bottom. That did the trick as I got 6 more fish including this stout Bluegill. I had lots of short bites also on the jig. Low and slow seems to be what is working best this time of the summer.

Tags: Bluegill, Bass


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

More Award Size Fish

Type: All
Region:
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now enterd into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Cathy Lushi - 27 inch Summer Flounder caught 10 miles from the OC inlet.
  • Justin Henschen - 13.25 inch White Perch caught in the Magothy River.
  • Doug Reel - 31 inch catch and release Channel Catfish in the Upper Potomac River.

Tags: Flounder, White Perch, Channel Catfish


  1. Daniel, Recreational Angler
  2. Germantown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Daniel →

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Blues and Flats

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Potomac River at Great Falls

Here are some blue catfish and flathead catfish I caught in the last 2 months out on the Potomac River at Great Falls. The spot I go to used to be all channel catfish but now its primarily blues and flatheads. I’m hoping to pull in a 30-40lb flathead out of this spot one day. Biggest flathead so far was maybe 10-15lbs. My biggest blue was maybe 30-40lbs. I measure length and girth but have not looked at a chart yet.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Invasive


  1. Ed Sowell, Recreational Angler
  2. Takoma Park
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Tridelphia Smallmouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Tridelphia Reservoir

Caught this 2 lb 8 oz smallmouth on the shore opposite the Greenbridge Road launch. The fish hit a sqaurebill crank bait in about 10 feet of water. The water temp was 77 degrees and the sun was not up yet at 0615. The rest of the day I saw a 2 lb largemouth. As the sun came up and the water warmed the fishing really died off. Off the water at 1330 with a total of 3 keepers.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Big Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Here are a few pictures of some recent Blue Catfish that we’ve caught on the Potomac River. The largest pictured was 66 pounds. LARGE pieces of fresh cut-bait is the key to catching the bigger fish. I also nabbed my largest Channel Catfish ever……..16lbs.

Thanks for all of the great information on your site!

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish


  1. Daniel, Recreational Angler
  2. Germantown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Rare Catch, Tilapia!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: C&O Canal

Back in June I snagged this Tilapia out of the C&O canal at Pennyfield right by the lock. It took me 2 attempts (hooked pulled out on shore the first attempt) to land it. I snagged it only because I knew what it was and clearly Tilapia aren't native to MD (or the U.S.?). I like the taste of tilapia so I took it home and ate it. A friend has recently informed me he has seen one in a lake by my house. Even sent me a picture! Hopefully I can catch that one too and send a picture.

Tags: Tilapia


  1. Roberto Leiva, Recreational Angler
  2. Riverdale, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Caught My First Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Went fishing Friday evening near the Sharps Island Lighthouse aboard the Dirty Dog with Capt. Bermudez. Could not have asked for a better night. We caught many bluefish, croaker and a few rockfish. This was my first rockfish. It was 20 inches. I can’t wait to head out with Capt. Bermudez again. That’s me in the photo with my Redskins shirt.

Tags: Striped Bass

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