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There will be random drawings throughout the year 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. Ken Yuen, Recreational Angler
  2. Montgomery County
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 27, 2015 | Permalink

Award Winning Flounder

Type: Ocean
Region: Coast
Location: Altantic

Ken caught this beautiful 25 inch flounder and registered for an Angler Award at Lucky Angler Bait and Tackle.

Tags: Summer Flounder

  1. Peter Cannavino, Recreational Angler
  2. California, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing - Southern Maryland Style

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gilbert Run Park

Went fishing with my good friend Kim and were able to catch a 24” Snakehead in the spillway area of Gilbert Run Park as well as Kim catching the Big Bass of the day at a local southern Maryland farm pond.

Tags: Invasive, Northern Snakehead, Largemouth Bass

  1. Nick Hodge, Recreational Angler
  2. Parkville
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Nick Hodge →

Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Crabs on the Elk

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Elk River

My father, John (pictured below), and I went crabbing on the Elk. We caught four dozen in a few hours using a trotline and chicken necks last week on the northern part of the river.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Jay Jones, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing Opportunities in Charm City and Nearby

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore and Conowingo

I have 3 reports in one here:
Last Friday (Aug 14), I had the opportunity to fish the Conowingo pool in the late morning from about 10 AM to 1 PM. I fished from a kayak and used an inline spinner. I caught multiple catfish in the 2-3 lbs. range and kept 3, but caught maybe as many as 10. I caught most of them on the southern side of the island directly across from the boat ramp of the fishing park. I would paddle up to the sign marking the boating restricted area and drift back with the current about 20 feet from the rock shoreline. On the northern side of the island I caught more cats, and along the shallower rocks probably 4 smallmouth bass in the 12” size range. The attached picture shows how a catfish mouth can mangle your lure up.

Monday, (Aug 17) we took the kids down to the promenade on the Baltimore inner harbor (Canton Vietnam Veterans Park) between 7 and 9 PM. I was using the same type of lure and caught only one white perch. There’s a lot of bait in this area and small rockfish and white perch are slapping them around. The kids fished with green nitro worms and didn’t catch a single thing. We talked to a few folks and grass shrimp on the bottom or under a cork seemed to be the ticket as they were catching a lot of perch.

Tuesday (Aug 18), I had an hour to kill in the morning and fished the area near Harbor view hospital (Middle Branch Park), with the same lure I used the evening before. I caught multiple white and yellow perch here walking the shore spots between the dock and the Hanover bridge… just fishing from shore. If the shoreline was rocky, then fish would be just off the rocks, so I casted down the shoreline and reeled in with the current. The yellow perch pictured was pretty good size (maybe 14 inches) and perhaps the largest one I’ve ever caught. The white perch were all larger in size than those being caught off the promenade in Canton.

Tags: White Perch, Yellow Perch, catfish

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Mason-Dixon Small Pond Success

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Local Ponds

Despite the hot weather we have been experiencing the small lake and pond bite has continued to remain good for both bass and panfish species. Bass are still going for stick worms early and late in the day and the bluegills and pumpkinseeds are smashing small jigs tipped with bait below a bobber. I recently caught and released a 10 and 10.5 inch pumpkinseeds that had fins and tails rubbed raw and beyond from what may have been very late spawning efforts. Fabulous fish, they were both over a pound in weight.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass

  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

Big Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River

Jim sent in these great photos of some recent big catches in the West/Rhode River.

Tags: blue crab

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

Good Day on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac

Another double digit day on the Potomac -- 10 rockfish and 3 walleye in 2 hours. I normally practice catch and release but my wife and neighbors found out I was catching walleye and insisted on some fresh fish for dinner so I kept two walleye one 22" and one 25". The walleye tend to be on the drop off around 10-15 feet and rockfish are typically deeper, 15-20 ft.

Tags: walleye, striped bass

  1. Nathan Franco, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

The Long Haul

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

We went out of Breezy Point this past weekend and made the long haul up to the bay bridge to live line. We didn't get up there til 4pm but it was well worth it. By 5pm we were limited out with 8 stripers ranging from 26 to 33 inches and threw back more than that. We got beat up on the way home when the wind picked up but it was well worth it. This is my dad Frank with the fish of the day measuring in at 33 inches.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Mark Phipps, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Bay Bridge Rock Piles

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Piles

Great morning taking my granddaughters Kaylin (6) and Jenna (4) perch fishing around the rock piles on Sunday. They had a blast catching some nice white perch and one 21.5" striper on bottom rigs with soft crabs. The perch on the left was 12.5". This is what it's all about.

Tags: white perch, striped bass

  1. Shaun Simmons, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Dam No. 4 down to Snyder's Landing

My wife and I floated from Dam No. 4 down to Snyder's Landing on Friday, August 14th and had a great day! We live in Howard County and often fish the Potomac but this was our first time fishing a Washington County stretch. We were after smallmouth bass and muskies. It was a beautiful day, the water was low and clear and the bite was good from the morning to early afternoon. We caught about 15 smallmouth, all around 12 inches, all released for another day. While on the water, we had the lucky chance of meeting and chatting with John Mullican, I always track his reports and appreciate his work for us on the Upper Potomac. Seeing his reports inspired me to go after a muskie. Followed one mid morning, I caught this 34 incher right about noon. My first one! Did I catch a Tiger? We saw a few more throughout the afternoon but they weren't interested in our baits. It was an amazing experience and I'm so grateful for my awesome wife for snapping these photos and also getting a great video of the fight. She's my best fishing buddy! We also saw a bald eagle swoop down over the river and catch its lunch. We sat for about 5 minutes and watched it eat. Nothing like river fishing!

Tags: smallmouth bass, muskie

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