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There will be a 2013 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. Steve Marini, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
  3. View all reports by Steve Marini →

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Yellows Hadn't Spawned Yet?!

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Northeast River

I went fishing on the Northeast River on 4/2/14 and hooked up with about three dozen Yellow Perch (on the incoming tide with minnows) ranging from skinny 7" up to thick 13"+ Here's the kicker: none of them had spawned yet!! (De-hooking them got a little.. messy. Ick) All were safely returned to start the next generation, guess winter has everything delayed…

Tags: Yellow Perch

  1. Greg Falter, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Greg Falter →

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Beauty

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

I decided to try Rocky Gorge this past Saturday with my son. The water temperature was in the upper 40’s but that did not seem to matter. In the few hours we fished before the wind kicked up, I managed two decent bass and this 4.25oz 19” beauty. All the bass came from the sunny side of coves, just in from the main body.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
  4. View all reports by David Redden →

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie Spawning

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern

I headed out this morning to try for a few crappie. I had a couple bites but never hooked up with anything. At one point I looked down and spotted this little guy or girl. I looked a little closer and saw a few more. It really looked like they were starting to work beds. I know the feeling. I always make my bed before I eat breakfast too.

Tags: Crappie

  1. Mike Janney, Recreational Angler
  2. Sparks, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Mike Janney →

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Gunpowder Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder

These fish were caught while fishing the stained waters of the upper Gunpowder!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. Phillip Meredith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 36
  3. View all reports by Phillip Meredith →

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

My First Award Sized Bass

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Salsibury

I was fishing on my way home after work on Saturday the 5th of April and I caught the biggest bass I have ever caught. He was 21 inch and some change !! He was caught and released safely ! I took some pictures of him on the tape measure first.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Mark Chavis, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 7, 2014 | Permalink

Award Sized Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Hutchins Pond

Mark was fishing with his friends, Tres, Justin and Jykiel on 4/1/2014 at Hutchins Pond in Calvert County when he caught this 22" Rainbow Trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Juanita Mills Crouch, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Juanita Mills Crouch →

Posted on April 7, 2014 | Permalink

My First Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Mt. Vernon

A friend and I just got our licenses yesterday and the fishing fever was too much to take so we ventured out on a neighbors pier in Mt. Vernon, Maryland. The wind was cold but the fish were biting. I was pulling my line in to go home and felt a tug back. No bite, nothing. One minute nothing was there, then the next minute he was. I walked him up to shore instead of lifting him up to the dock. It was my first Blue Catfish ever. He turned out to be 4.5 pounds and just over 24 inches long.

DNR Response: Biologists reviewing this submission believe it’s a Channel Catfish

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish

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

Posted on April 7, 2014 | Permalink

Hooked My First Muskie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac, Dam 5

My brothers and I went fishing up at Dam 5 on Sunday 4/6. The river was still high and brown from all the rain. The water temp was 51 degrees. My brothers were trying for Walleye, but no action other than one that got off after being hooked with a crankbait. We did have some excitement when I hooked my very first muskie using a KVD tournament Chartreuse Spinner bait. This guy was caught in 7' of water while jigging in my spinnerbait. It was 33" and 12lb's.

Tags: Muskie

  1. Matthew Hensler, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore County
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Matthew Hensler →

Posted on April 7, 2014 | Permalink

Loch Raven Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

I was fishing at Loch Raven Reservoir and caught a Chain Pickerel and a Largemouth Bass. The pickerel was on a laser bait half ounce and the bass was on a half ounce lipless crankbait. These were two great fish to start off the year with.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 15
  3. View all reports by Tylor Kirklin →

Posted on April 7, 2014 | Permalink

Not Too Windy to Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Havre de Grace

I went out again Friday the fourth of April and caught this nice 5 pound channel cat off of fresh White Perch used as cut bait in Havre de Grace. The only day off and it was windy and pretty chilly out but still got a good catch for the conditions.

Tags: Channel Catfish

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