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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. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
  3. View all reports by Andrew Ashby →

Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Reservoir Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge Reservoir

My friend and I hit Rocky Gorge Reservoir for a few hours on the morning of Sunday, August 17th. We caught these two Largemouth Bass, the first was caught in about 8 foot of water on a shaky head worm and the second took a spinner bait thrown over a downed tree. Fish were in the 3lb range.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Manfred Zapka, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy River

13.5 inch White Perch caught by Manfred Zapka in Magothy River on 8/18/2014.

Tags: White Perch

  1. Jason Ellis, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Having a Blast Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Location: The Bay

On July 31, 2014 we had the distinct pleasure of accompanying two Maryland DNR Biologists (Eric and Amy) aboard "Loosen Up" for one of the last Diamond Jim tagging expeditions. Let's just say that this was probably the best fishing day of my life. We started out by meeting in Deale, MD where we met Captain Frank and First Mate Chris along with Eric and Amy. We set out to first catch some bait fish - Spot. These fish proved to be extremely elusive as we only caught one. Thank goodness that Captain Frank had some in the bait tank. We left from attempting to catch the spot to the fishing grounds. As soon as we arrived there were boats all around us and the fishing experience commenced.

My family (My wife, My Mother, My Father, my 12 year old son Alex, my 9 year old son Nick, my 8 year old daughter Cheyenne and my 6 year old son Ryan) began fishing right away. Captain Frank said, " if you havenít gotten a bite within 2 minutes then something is wrong and reel up your bait." I was thinking yeah right. Holy Cow he wasnít kidding, My daughter Cheyenne started things off with a striper measuring 20". Now it was time for Eric and Amy to go to work. Watching them measure the fish, record it, slice a small slit in the side of the fish, place the tag in the opening and back in the water goes the potential $25,000 fish. Cheyenne again landed another striper this one measuring over 20" and again the process started over. In total we landed 36 stripers and numerous blue's. Eric and Amy were able to tag 24 stripers for the competition. The other stripers all over the 18" legal size limit were kept due to not being able to be tagged because of deep hook in the gut. So we were able to bring those fish home and they were delicious.

This was an incredible experience and Thanks to Captain Frank and Chris for an awesome time fishing and to Eric and Amy for their knowledge and information throughout the day. If we could have only caught more bait fish we could have landed a ton more stripers. But we ran out of bait and the kids were done so kudos to DNR for a wonderful day of fishing.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Diamond Jim Tagging

  1. Tristen Pattisall, Youth Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Young Avid Fisherman

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Private pond

All caught in private ponds in Harford County except the Flounder (Ocean City, MD). Tristen is an avid fisherman. He doesn't miss a single opportunity to fish and has had thousands of catch and released fish in his 12 years on this earth.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Flounder

  1. Mike Janney, Recreational Angler
  2. Sparks, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

White Marlin Open

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

I caught a 65 inch White Marlin in the White Marlin Open aboard the Moxie Boys. The fish was safely released being that is was 2 inches short.

Tags: White Marlin, White Marlin Open

  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Winters Run Mix

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Winters Run

We fished Winters Run this morning from about 9am-1pm. We started at Atkissson Dam and ended up near Route 7. We caught smallmouth, largemouth, sunfish, bullheads and fall fish all on minnows and crayfish. We probably caught about 40 fish total.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Bullhead Catfish

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Drift Fishing on the Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River, From Hancock to McCoys Ferry

Me and Dad and a bunch of our friends went to the Potomac River to drift fish on our canoes and kayaks on Saturday. We started at Hancock and ended at McCoys Ferry. We caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, some catfish and sunfish. One of our friends was hooked up on a Musky that looked to be around 3 foot long but it got off. The bass were all under 14 inches. I didnít get any pictures of the fish but I did take this picture of the cut at Sidling Hill that can be seen from a stretch of the river. I thought this view of the cut from the river was neat, it was actually a lot further away then it appeared.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Sunfish, Musky

  1. John Moritz, Recreational Angler
  2. Dover, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Taylors Island Drum

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Taylors Island Family campground

Red Drum caught by John Moritz of Dover, PA on August 9, 2014 in front of Taylors Island Family campground, Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Red Drum

  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Is My White Perch Wearing Lipstick?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Nans Cove

I took the opportunity this afternoon to take the kayak out at Nan's Cove on the Patuxent River. I ended up catching a half dozen White Perch and a couple of croakers. The last perch I caught looked a little strange. I figure he's been feeding on something. Any ideas what? Or is it something else?

DNR Response: Based on the pictures, it looks like hemorrhage and inflammation (reddening) around the mouth and nares. There may be a touch by the eyes as well. It may have been caught and released recently. In warm water, the area around the mouth can get red from inflammation after being caught, if the fish survives long enough. It can take hours or longer for the inflammation to develop.

Tags: White Perch, Croaker

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Sharps Island Blues

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Sharps Island Flats

We chased fish at various locations on the flats. After catching some small blues and stripers, we found some violently breaking large bluefish that gave us non-stop action for about an hour. My catch was 6 bluefish (several kept), five in the 3-4 lb/20-22" range, plus 3 large blues that broke off just short of the boat. I also landed 5 striper schoolies, two keepers (18" and 20.5"). I had my best luck throwing a 5" silver and black popper on a short wire leader at the big blues. They were also hitting other lures as well. Everyone but the fish thought my popper was too big for the bait that the rocks are feeding on, but I was also going for big fish, and it caught the blues and my keeper rocks (the releases were on a Yo Zuri fire tiger floating crystal minnow and a small hotrodded white jighead with a small hotrodded yellow bass assassin trailer)! The hard surface bluefish strikes on the popper were like bombshells going off. Overall, we had 7 keeper schoolies for 5 fishers and 10 or so blues that we kept with many releases.

Tags: Bluefish, Striped Bass

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