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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. Tyffany K, Recreational Angler
  2. PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 4, 2014 | Permalink

Northern Puffer

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Berlin, MD

I caught this cute little fish in a crab net, off the fishing pier in Frontier Town in Berlin MD. August 14th, 2014. Not sure what it is. It was only a few inches long. Any ideas?

DNR Response: A Northern Puffer that is commonly called a blow fish by most fishermen. They can grow to be 12" or more and are good to eat. In the 1960's there were a great number of them on the east coast and were called "Sea Squab"; Chesapeake Watermen often give them the funny name of "Blow Toads" as compared to the common Toad Fish that they often encounter in their crab pots.

Tags: Northern Puffer


  1. Andrew Stanton, Recreational Angler
  2. Rockville
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 4, 2014 | Permalink

Needwood Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Needwood

I caught these on 2 different occasions. I haven't been having much luck at Needwood this year compared to last year and I usually do, but the one by the Double Gulp I caught from the shore on a good day.

I was there on a Sunday a few weeks ago around 3pm and was there for 2 hours and caught 3 largemouth. This was the largest of them all, which was more than double the size of the cup. The cup was 9.5" so I'd guess this one was about 21" or so. The other ones were probably in the 14" - 16" range.

The 2nd one was last Sunday out on a boat. It was the only fish that I landed all day but it was worth it. Both were caught on june bug 5" senko's Texas rig.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. The Cutters, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

It's a Harvestfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Taylors Island

We are trying to identify this fish, 3" long. Fell out of crab pot on Taylors Island, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay

DNR Response: That is a Harvestfish, it is a member of the Butterfish family and fairly common in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Harvest Fish


  1. Jeffrey A. Schmidt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Flounder

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Jeff caught this 25.5 inch, 6.75 lb Summer Flounder in Ocean City, Maryland in the east channel on a live spot.

Tags: Summer Flounder


  1. Dennis Hazelwood, Recreational Angler
  2. Millers, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

Grave Run at Pretty Boy Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Pretty Boy Reservoir

I typically fish this stream in the evening as I notice carp and Largemouth Bass like to come up and feed. It is very good after a rain. The water is shallow but there are some good points of deep water and coverage. I caught 2 Largemouth Bass within about 15 minutes of each other. The first was a beautiful 19 inch 4 lbs, The second was a bit smaller at 2 lbs and 16 inches but both were a wonderful catch!

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Christopher Sproates, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

Large Perch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Kent County

Christopher caught this 13.25 White Perch in Tolchester MD in Kent County.

Tags: White Perch


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Bass and Some Channel Cats

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centra and Southern
Location: Lake Elkorn and the Patuxent

Last week I went fishing at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia on my lunch break for an hour and caught this nice bass. It went 19.5 and 3.55 on a Texas rigged culprit curly tail worm in tomato color. Then my brother and I went to the Patuxent River in Bowie the other night, we were trying to catch some monster carp but only caught 2 channel cats on bread balls.

Tags: Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass


  1. Jim Curtis, Recreational Angler
  2. Hampstead, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Prettyboy Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Prettyboy Reservoir

I caught this Smallmouth Bass yesterday evening at Prettyboy Reservoir, in Baltimore County. It was 19.5 inches long, caught on a small curly tail jig in about 20 feet of water.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Mike Bonicker, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Crab Report with Oddities

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Kent Island

This is my first post but I had a couple strange catches while crabbing this past Saturday that I wanted to report. My father-in-law and I crabbed south of Kent Island from 6:30 until 11:30 and managed a full bushel of 70 crabs. Nothing huge but half were 6 to 7 inches and the other half were 5 1/4 to 6. The strange catches were 2 horseshoe crabs and an18" striped remora (unfortunately I didn't get a picture. We use mostly 30" hoop traps and it got stuck in the netting) I guess that the horseshoe crabs could indicate the salinity is up in that area (along with LOTS of jellyfish). I know remoras usually hang with large sharks and other such creatures so I was really surprised to see that one without thinking that maybe a large shark could have been in the area.

DNR Response: Small Remora are an uncommon visitor to the Chesapeake Bay and can swim freely or even hitch a ride on a sea turtle and of course sharks. Small Cobia are also found in the bay this time of the year and look very similar except they lack the suction disk on the top of their head. Salinities in the mid bay area right now are about 11.5 ppt on the surface and 19 ppt on the bottom which is about normal for this time of the year. Horseshoe Crabs are not uncommon in the bay up to the Bay Bridge.

Tags: Blue Crab, Remora, Horseshoe Crab


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Hunting For Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I have been out looking for snakehead fish on the Potomac with my bow at night and have not seen very many. I have seen some large blue cats and changed over to hunting them. We were able to shoot all we wanted once we found where they were. These were taken on 8-25-14. Some over 50 lbs.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

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