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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. Steve Doctor, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Ocean City, MD
  3. Total Reports: 17
  4. View all reports by Steve Doctor →

Posted on July 1, 2015 | Permalink

Downtown OC Sushi Special

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

It's Flounder time in Ocean City right now. Downtown, inshore, near shore, offshore all have flounder now. Any kind of bait is working.

Also tunas are at the meat products (Maryland's most popular offshore lumps, humps and ridges—the Hambone, Hot Dog, Chicken Bone, and the Sausages), and Dorado are near shore in good numbers and sizes scattered all about.

There are periodic outbreaks of bluefish at the bridge.

On the sampling front we have had a great spawn for many species this year. There is a great abundance of juvenile blue crabs, white mullet, menhaden, spot, winter flounder, pinfish, and even a great showing for juvenile gag grouper!

Tags: flounder, tuna, bluefish, mahi mahi, dolphinfish, dorado

  1. Keith Bobbick, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 1, 2015 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Channel Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Watts Creek

Couple of catfish from Watts Creek at Martinak State Park caught by Elias Bobbick from Denton, MD on 6/28/15. Not sure, but I think the bottom is a blue.

DNR Response: They are both channel catfish.

Tags: channel catfish

  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on July 1, 2015 | Permalink

Very Tough Bite

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Pt. Lookout

After catching our limit of croakers a few days ago at Pt. Lookout, we couldn't wait to get back out on the water. We fished from a boat using fresh bloodworms, sea-salted bloodworms, squid and green worms.

We visited our favorite waypoint, and the first cast yielded the first fish using a fresh bloodworm on a red-beaded rig. Great, we're going to pick up where we left off, so we thought. To our surprise, we didn't get a another nibble or bite for the next two hours. We bounced around from waypoint to waypoint with no success.

It was a great time to try out these new green-dyed worms that we bought at Wal-Mart. Don't know what kind of worms they are, but they caught our second fish of the day. We think they're dyed because the green color comes off on your hands. Since the green worms worked, we decided to try a rig with green beads, and we were back to catching using all baits. Cycled through our rig colors just to make sure we weren't missing anything, and we also caught fish on light green and purple beaded rigs. Purple actually turned out to be the best. The colors that did not work at all today were yellow, gold, black and orange.

Although is was a tough bite, we ended the day with 18 croaker, 1 spot and 1 toadfish. A challenging yet fun day on the water.

Tags: croaker, spot, toadfish

  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

Crabbing on the West River

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew Bishop age 13 caught a bushel of crabs with his Dad on Sunday June 28th using a trot line on the West River.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

Summer Sea Bass Fishing

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Offshore Ocean City

Just returned from a late June fishing trip on the head boat Morning Star. We fished offshore structure about 2&1/2 hours from the dock by drift fishing. Seas were calm and the day hot. The two target species were Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass. This day would be a Sea Bass day as all of the Summer Flounder I caught were short around 14-15 inches. I started the day catching several Flounder and them some Sea Bass. One of the Sea Bass was a nice sized 2 pounder and put up a good fun fight. The rest were smaller. I caught 4 fish which was enough for dinner. Most people fished a long hook on the bottom with a strip bait for Flounder and the top hook was baited with clam for Sea Bass. Fishing varies from day to day and the next day could be better for Summer Flounder. Pool winner was a nice Flounder which beat out a large Sea Bass.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Summer Flounder

  1. Peter Cannavino, Recreational Angler
  2. California, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

St Mary's Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Spillway Below St. Mary’s Lake

I caught this 25” Northern Snakehead on Saturday June 28th in the spillway below St. Mary’s Lake in St. Mary’s County. It was caught using a brown yamamoto senko with pink tail on a 5’ ultralight rod. Fish was full of eggs and summarily killed and enjoyed as dinner.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Aidan Ford, Recreational Angler
  2. Crofton, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

North East Largemouth

Type: Tidal
Region: Notheastern
Location: North East River

I caught this 5.64 pound largemouth bass in a cove on the Northeast River while fishing a tournament. High tides, stained water, and windy conditions made it hard to fish but I was still able to catch a few keepers in protected coves and under docks.

Tags: largmeouth bass

  1. Walter Weese, Recreational Angler
  2. Paw Paw, West Virgina
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

Western Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Weatern
Location: Upper Potomac River

Walter caught a nice 29" walleye on 6/26/2015 in the Potomac River.

Tags: walleye

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 57
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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Permalink

More Big Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Mason Dixon Area Ponds and Lakes

Despite the heat and round after round of heavy thunderstorms we have continued to enjoy an excellent year fishing for large bluegills. In many Mason Dixon area lakes and ponds these fish have already spawned twice during each of the full moon periods of May and June and they could possibly spawn a third time in July. Most of our recent catches are in and around known bedding areas, yet with few fish visibly 'on bed'. Most of the larger males are slightly deeper and a few yards beyond the nesting sites. Gulp! redworms and angle worms fished whacky-rigged on a # 8 Aberdeen fine wire hook and 30 to 40 inches below a bobber continues to take a lot of fish in these shallow, dishpan shaped lakes.

We have recently enjoyed telescoping poles and fixed line applications to finesse bull bluegills from marshy, shallow areas with some wet wading tactics as well. Small jigs, 1/80 and 1/64th ounce, tipped with bait, is a solid tactic for these fish. Please be sure to release the majority of the bigger, 10-inch plus bluegills to ensure great future angling for these outstanding fish. Keep more numerous 8 inch class fish for the pan.

Tags: bluegill, pumpkinseed

  1. Sarah Howe, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 26, 2015 | Permalink

OC Blue Marlin

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Sarah caught and released this 108 inch Blue Marlin on 6/16/15 in Ocean City, MD. She was on "That's Right" fishing charter boat.

Tags: Blue Marlin

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