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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. Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Capt David Street →

Posted on October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Severn River Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

I found these fish in 35' off the Severn River. The rock and blues appear to be feeding on the acres of small baitfish working there way south . I caught rock up to 26" and medium blues on spoons and Bucktails.

Tags: bluefish, striped bass


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centeral
Location: Rocky Gorge

I fished Rocky Gorge with friend Peter S. We caught a few bass and a really nice crappie. The crappie hit a pumpkin seed tube fished on the bottom in 12-15 ft of water.

Tags: crappie, largemouth bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 37
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Posted on October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Variety in the Small Lake Venues

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Small Lakes

October has been good to us already as we have been able to catch channel catfish up to 8 pounds, largemouth bass close to four and a variety of big panfish to include bluegills, redears, pumpkinseeds and pumpkinseed hybrids on small jigs tipped with baits and on worms alone.

October and November have been historically excellent months for us on a variety of species. Small public and private lakes are hot in the fall and trophies can be had. All the fish in the accompanying photos were taken in public waters overlooked by the masses.

Tags: channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, pumpkinseed hybrid


  1. Gary Estremsky, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Hoopers Island

On Sunday Sept 28, Anna, age 11 caught and released this 26.25 speckled trout (spotted seatrout) caught on Gulp 4 white swimming mullet on a red jig head near Hoopers Island.

This is her 10th Maryland citation, including 5 unique species: White Perch, Striped Bass, Red Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

First Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Nanjemoy Creek

This channel catfish was Elijah's first catfish that he ever caught. It was caught at Friendship Landing Park on the Nanjemoy Creek using cut spot for bait.

Tags: channel catfish


  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

My first Lake Elkhorn bass.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Barclay Malik, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Hitting Hard on the Severn

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

Fish are hitting hard in the early nighttime (7-9:30ish) on road runners, which were thrown against a bulkhead on the Severn River. I've caught, caught and continue to catch multiple fish on the Severn River, at sunset through 9:30ish (when I leave) on road runners and tsunami swim baits, 4 and 5 inch.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 21
  4. View all reports by Smiley Hsu →

Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out at the crack of dawn to try my luck with some topwater baits. I had a few strikes with a buzz bait, but couldn't get hooked up. I did a little better with the popper, catching a few bass and one overzealous bluegill which promptly went in the livewell. Then I threw a spinner bait for a while and caught a channel cat -- refreshing since I have only caught blue cats lately. Finally I cut up the bluegill and fished for blue cats for about an hour. I caught 3, two were 20 lbs, and one was 30 lbs. Blue cats are super strong. I need to get to the gym and build up the back and biceps if I want to keep catching them. Even a "little" 20 pounder can put up quite a fight.

Tags: channel catfish, largemouth bass, blue catfish, invasive, bluegill


  1. Blair Todd, Recreational Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

Blues and a Nice Rock

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point

Lots of blues before catching this 31 inch rock trolling surgical tube behind a number 2 planner. The weather was good, no wind, some cloud cover.

Tags: bluefish, striped bass


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

34 Inch Striper South of Plum Pt

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: south of Plum Pt reef site

Chesapeake Beach, south of Plum Pt reef site, east of Summer Gooses, Sharps Is Light.

Fished the edge NE of Chesapeake Beach inlet aboard 20' FISHHAWKS NEST. 2 fishers (senior day!). New CHIRP sonar and Navionics sonar map greatly aided working the edge. The high profile unit was hard to fit into the electronics box but well worth the effort. Schools of Bay Anchovies in area. Caught 18" striper on a hand tied bunker fly used as a trailer. Some taps and hits but no more hookups.Then worked inshore area south of Plum Pt reef site. Neighbor Art Howard caught a 34" striper in 27' on my 45 year old Penn Senator 4/0 combo with lead core rigged with a red surgical tube 5 colors back. Many schools of menhaden. Then worked many large menhaden schools east of Summers Gooses where fish were slashing through. Kept right at the schools with my trolling motor. Threw all sorts of rigs including live bunker with no hits. Looked like small bluefish slashing the schools. Tossed metal at Sharps Is Light on the way back in with no luck.

Tags: striped bass, bay anchovies, menhaden, bluefish

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