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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 42
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Posted on November 21, 2014 | Permalink

Big Sunfish in the Cold

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

The recent onslaught of cold weather has almost put the skids on the Mason Dixon panfish bite. However, we did manage some good fish this past week to include some impressive pumpkinseed sunfish and pumpkingill hybrids along with a lot of hen bluegills in the 9 inch category. Best seed was 10.25 inches...a personal best for me. All released.

We floated 1/200th oz Trout Magnet heads tipped with bait about 6 feet below a sensitive 1.5 in Comal weighted float to catch these fish. A few took Gulp! 1 inch minnows. Hoping for warmer weather!

Tags: pumpkinseed, pumkingill hybrids, bluegill


  1. Matt Baden, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 21, 2014 | Permalink

Severn Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn Tributaries

Catching a bunch of pickerel in the Severn tributaries. Including a 24.5" citation on 11/15/14.

Catching the fish on Hard Head Custom Baits Weighted Hooks w/ spinners and 4" Bass Assassin Paddle Tails. Minnow colors, got everything at All Tackle in Annapolis.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Susquehanna Smallie

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River

I was out fishing for rockfish below the Susquehanna Flats last week and pulled in two smalls about 14 inch. One on the rattle trap in the picture and another on a jig-head with soft plastic. The top water was 50 degrees. I motored up the Susquehanna River past Port Deposit and into the rocks. It was low tide and calm. The temperature raised to 54 degrees. I caught this nice smallmouth (which I thought was just another largemouth) on the 1/2 oz rattle trap. He was sitting in some rocks where it just looked like there would be fish. It is probably the biggest smallmouth I have landed.

I do not know if anyone has done this before or if it is a common practice but I fish a lot of rocky areas. My rattle trap gets hung up regularly so I took off the treble hook on the front and it reduced my hang ups by at least 75%. It still tracks well and catches fish so I may expand this tactic.

Tags: smallmouth bass


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on November 18, 2014 | Permalink

Bush River Yellow Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Bush River

I caught this 12 inch yellow perch on live minnows in the Bush River in Perryman.

Tags: yellow perch


  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: 5
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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

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