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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. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
  4. View all reports by Jim Livingston →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Large Crab

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River

Jim went crabbing with his grandson Aiden on 08/09/2014. They caught this 8 1/2 crab.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Scott Sewell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Scott Sewell →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope Creek

I caught this 6 lb Northern Snakehead while bass fishing on the Marshyhope Creek on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He bit a Booyah, 1/2 oz spinnerbait. Upon checking the contents of his stomach this Bluegill & White Perch were found.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Bluegill, White Perch

  1. Micki Heineken, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Micki Heineken →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

27 Inch Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Thomas Point Lighthouse

How: Trolling tandem Bucktails
Size 27 inches
When 8/9/2014
Where Just south of the Thomas Point Lighthouse 35 feet
Conditions Overcast, no wind
This fish with another 24 inch fish caught earlier. Husband, Jeff Heineken, has successfully put her on fish all year.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 17
  3. View all reports by Trevor Tufty →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Bay Variety

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Hit the bay last Friday and couldn't have asked for better conditions. Blues were hitting left and right. No real size to them but tons of fun on the light tackle. Caught a couple rocks and got a great fight out of a cownose ray. All were caught on a white bucktail. As always catch and release.

Tags: Bluefish, Striped Bass, Cownose Ray.

  1. Bill Poch, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Bill Poch →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River at Mouth of Monocacy

Took the kayak out Sunday early afternoon for a few hours. Put in at the mouth of the Monocacy and paddled out to the Potomac. I paddled up to the point of the 1st island and drifted back down to the Monocacy a few times. The river is really low, read 1.2' at Point of Rocks. Caught 10 fish, mostly 10 to 12 inches. Did manage my best of the year, 17" smallie on a 5" Senko.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Gary Tyler, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Salisbury
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Gary Tyler →

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Busy Night at White Marlin Open

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City, MD

Friday night (8/8) at the White Marlin Open was indeed a busy night. The first White Marlin of the evening was brought to the scales at 4:40 pm. This was followed by several Dolphin, a Wahoo, two Roundscale Spearfish, another small White Marlin, some Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna. The second place Blue Marlin (723.5 pounds) for the Blue Marlin Division was brought in by Lawrence Julio. The 738.5 pound behemoth Blue boated by Sam Lancelotta on Thursday kept its first place in that Division. The 78 pound White Marlin brought in by John Bayliss, also on Thursday, was the only qualifying White Marlin for the tournament and was worth over a million dollars.

We also now have records from the catch-card program of 85 Sharks, 371 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and 23 Billfish being brought to the docks in Ocean City so far this season.

Tags: White Marlin Open, Dolphin, Wahoo, Roundscale Spearfish, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Blue Marlin

  1. Jabari Pinkney, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Jabari Pinkney →

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Guilford Pond Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Guilford Pond

Jabari caught this 11 to 12 inch Largemouth Bass at Guilford Pond.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Ryan Abey, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Ryan Abey →

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Bay and the Flats Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Upper Bay
Location: The Flats and the Upper Bay

I fished on Friday the 8th for a few hours with some great Bass Fishing Industry leaders (Representative from Dynamic Sponsorship's and from Toyota). Neither of them had ever fished in Maryland and wanted to hit the Flats for some frog fishing. We fished from 7:30 to Noon and managed to boat 2 fish over 3.5 pounds. The first came on a frog near Furnace bay and the second came on a soft plastic out of a Marina in the Northeast.

On Sunday the 10, I hit the Upper Bay for a Anglers Choice event. The supper moon made tides really high and fishing extremely tough. I lost 2 fish at the boat, both took a Livingston Lures Pro Wake crank bait. They were located near dock pilings. No other fish were caught unfortunately.

Fist picture is of Lance from Dynamic Sponsorship's and Tonya from Toyota, second picture is sunrise on the Flats.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

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

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Two Big Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

8-8-14 at around 12:30am I hooked into this 52 pound 48" long blue cat . I was using cut bait fishing in the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The fish was tagged by DNR and I'll be reporting it Monday. My buddy Clint was with me and caught a 51 pound fish around 2am. We also caught several 25-35 pound fish. Great night!!

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

  1. Herman Y, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Herman Y →

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Is it Safe to Eat?

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Deale

I fished out of Deale on August 2 for White Perch. We worked the western shore of the Bay from Deale to Chesapeake Beach and caught about 50 White Perch on small spinnerbaits, mostly around breakwaters. We kept 15 fish, biggest three at 11 inches. While cleaning the fish, I noticed one had a sea louse looking parasite in the gills. Is this fish safe to eat?

DNR Response: That is a common fish gill isopod Lironeca ovalis that are often called "bugs" by fishermen. They live on debris-covered bottoms and often manage to cling to a fishes gills were it does not directly feed on the fish but hangs on for a ride. In the process of clinging to the fishes gills they can cause some damage to the gill filaments. Fish such a small Bluefish, White Perch and Striped Bass can have these parasites and the fish are definitely safe to eat.

Tags: White Perch

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