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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. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Variety on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay, Mattawoman Creek

I caught this 4 lb snakehead at Mallows Bay on 4/19/2014, using live minnows. We also caught a 7 lb snakehead too, and about 12 nice crappies all over 10 inches. Later in the day we went to Matawoman Creek and caught about 40 Hickory Shad on darts.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Hickory Shad, Crappie

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Large Spottail Shiner

Type: Tidal
Region: North Central
Location: Havre de Grace

Went to Havre de Grace again to do some fishing ended up catching a lot of White Perch but lost a pretty big carp turns out the carp had someone's line and leader with weights on it and I happen to snag the weights and pulled the carp in with everything on it but right when I pulled him to the dock he spit the hook and I lost it. I also caught a smaller fish and was wondering what it is I've caught a couple in the past but never knew what it was.

DNR Response: You caught a Spottail Shiner, a big one. The spot at the base of the tail is often covered by scales in large specimens. Very common species in that area, but not a common catch hook and line.

Tags: White Perch, Carp, Spottail Shiner

  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Caught Dinner Before Breakfast

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run

Caught dinner before having breakfast this morning. Put a line in at 5:30am and had 2 rainbows on the stringer by 6:00am. Missed about 10 more. Fished Piney Run stream with Powerbait. Bigger one on yellow, smaller one on pinků I don't think it matters what color you use. As soon as the sun came up the bite stopped.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Shad and Cats in the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potoamc River

I trekked up to Fletchers to check out the shad action. There are some really chunky shad running right now. Pictured is an 18" shad. Question, is that a Hickory Shad or an American Shad? After having fun with the shad, I decided to go for something a little bigger. Using cut perch, I got what I was looking for. Biggest cat was 48" and I would guess about 50 lbs.

DNR Response: Smiley, it looks like you caught an American Shad.

Tags: American Shad, Blue Catfish

  1. John Tucker, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

Opening Day Family Fun

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Breezy Point

My son's and I caught this 38" rock on opening day out of Breezy Point Marina, Maryland. Each boy had a turn getting this trophy in the boat.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Dave Strevig, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

Rock Hall Opening Day

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Hall

Opening day of rockfishing from right to left Steven, Kevin, Bill & Dave off of Rock Hall.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Billy Hahn, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

44 Inch Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Billy caught this 44" Striped Bass on 4/19/2014 in the Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Taha Karimi, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

One Good Fight

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Northwest Branch Park

On April 8, 2014, I was in Silver Spring, MD at Northwest Branch Park off of Randolph Rd. around 12:30. By 2:30 I was on my fourth catch 26 Inches long and boy was it a heck of a fight, when I hooked him he was in 3 feet off water I thought I was gonna lose him, 3 min into the fight my buddy called and says he's around the corner and I hadn't brought my net to fish it out myself.

I had no choice but to hold on and after 5 minutes my buddy showed up and he's walking down the trail about 50 yards away. I yelled out to him to hurry because I caught state trophy. Then he dropped all his tackles and ran towards me with the net, I was thinking at any moment the fish was gonna jump off the line. 3 minutes after he watched me fight it and reel it in he grabbed a net and fished it out.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Mike Rose, Recreational Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Below Sharptown

I was fishing for White Perch below Sharptown last Saturday and caught quite a few fat blue cats up to around 10 pounds. They are showing up more and more frequently. We were dunking bloodworms. My neighbor loves catfish so I gave 6 blue cats and a few channels. Those blue cats put up a great fight on the very light tackle we were using.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Invasive

  1. Jacob Holtz, Fisheries Service
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on April 21, 2014 | Permalink

Good Friday on the Patapsco

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Daniels at Patapsco River State Park

Went out to the Daniels area of the Patapsco River State Park and had some success. I caught a mix of Brown and Rainbow Trout over the course of three hours with most of the success coming on a gold Panther Martin.

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

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