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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. Bradley Adams, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Large Solomons Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Solomons Island

Bradley caught this 45in 40lb stripped bass on 11/11/2014 at Solomons Island.

Tags: striped bass


  1. John Tucker, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Reducing the Invasive Population

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location:

Here are some pictures over the past three weekends taking 3 trips trying to help reduce the population of Blue Catfish being an invasive species. Last trip on Saturday I took my friend Colin fishing as he has never been for Blue Catfish. Once set up wasn’t 5 minutes in he caught his first one measured 41” and weighed 45 pounds. Not bad for the first fish of the day and his first Blue Cat in his life.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Lisa Hopps, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Pocomoke Largemouth

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Pocomoke River

Disabled angler, Lisa Hopps, caught a nice 2 lb. largemouth under very cold conditions on a spinnerbait in the Pocomoke River while camping this past weekend. The water temperature was 47 degrees and the air was 45 degrees.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Good Morning for a Charter

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: North of the Target

We fished Thursday just north of the Target going out of Solomon's Island...fishing started out with 4'-5' seas...we pressed on and eventually found the fish...within 45 minutes we had our limit of a six man crew...not the monsters we were looking for but I'll take rockfish like these anyday...it was great to see the sunrise...the bird show of ganets...seagulls...and pelicans...as well as enjoy some incredible fellowship...here's a few pics…

Tags: striped bass


  1. Justin Kerns, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing in the Cold

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bowie

The cold won't stop me from getting out there and catching fish.

Tags: crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch


  1. Julie Anne Lynskey, Youth Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 14, 2014 | Permalink

School of Bluefish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Franklin Manor Pier

My dad and I went fishing on a Sunday after dinner, before it got dark. Boy were the bluefish biting. Whole schools would come by and we would have fish on more than one line. We went home because the bluefish were so crazy they messed up our lines. We started with 4 poles but after a few catches we were down to only two lines, it was really crazy and fun!

Picture is of me holding two 17 inch bluefish before we put them back in the water. My dad was taking them off the hooks and my job to put them back into the water. I am also wearing the lucky fishing shirt from Mr. Tyler, it has rockfish on it but we didn't catch any that day.

Tags: bluefish


  1. Doug Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 14, 2014 | Permalink

East Neck Island Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: East Neck Island Bridge

I caught this 40", 25.6 lb with a 4" still water popper with 15lb test on November 10th 2014 at East Neck Island Bridge.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Bryan Rosensteel, Recreational Angler
  2. Alexandria, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 14, 2014 | Permalink

Big Blue Veterans Day

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

A big thank you to our veterans whose service allowed me to take one last fishing trip this year. Fishing just south of the Woodrow Wilson bridge on the Potomac, I managed to hook this beauty using large cut pieces of a freshly caught blue catfish (they are highly cannibalistic).

Tags: blue catfish


  1. Sara Bailey, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 14, 2014 | Permalink

Brickhouse Bar Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Brickhouse Bar

While fishing at Brickhouse Bar with Captain Jonny Brown aboard the Sara Brie, I caught this 49" rockfish. We were trolling and it hit on a Chartreuse Tandem.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Joe Evans, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on November 13, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing with the Z-Man

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Between Kent Point and the north end of Poplar Island

Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative program manager Erik Zlokovitz and I took advantage of some Veteran's Day leave to venture out in a pea-soup fog in search of striped bass. It's good to take along the reef guy when you are hunting for some good 3-D structure to fish over.

My fishing log confirms that mid November is usually the best time for light tackle rockfish action on the Bay.

With help from the GPS/Fishfinder, we found our way through the fog to some mid-bay contours and the fish.

Here's what it looked like, and if you check the sonar screen info, you will be able to tell that at one point in the day we were fishing midway between Kent Point and the north end of Poplar Island.

Early on we fished plugs and bucktails over the Poplar Island rocks just 30 yards from the island, and we couldn't see the island through the fog at all. Spooky.

The hot lure for Erik was a tiny opalescent Flex-it jig fished on a 5-1/2 foot jigging rod. My choice was a crab-colored Clouser Minnow on a 350-grain sinking flyline. The jig worked better on the deep fish. But when the fish were popping the surface, the Clouser proved its value.

Late in the day, the fog cleared and the fish rose to the surface to snack on tiny bay anchovies before settling with the sunset. We were joined by a few other persistent anglers, all of whom seemed to understand the protocol—drift in slowly, shut off your engines, keep quiet, stay calm, and fish on.

Tags: striped bass

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