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Everyone at the Fisheries Service would like to express our sincerest thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends who made the time to take our young anglers fishing this past year. The smiling faces below are worth a 1,000 words of gratitude.

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Latest Youth Angler's Log Reports from Youth Anglers


Holly Solano
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 25, 2014 Permalink

Fish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek
Tags: Fallfish

Here is a photo of the 10" fish we caught in the Seneca Creek Stream just downstream of the Road bridge, in Germantown, MD on a worm and spinner. It took the line like a bass, and did a lot of drumming/croaking while we took it off the hook. It had a dark olive back, with prominent scale scallop pattern. Fish had no spots, no stripes, a soft white underbelly with pinkish tinge, and red fins. Silhouette very trout-like.

We are new to coastal estuary fishing, and wonder if this is a baby red drummer without a spot, or a baby silver drummer without the characteristic yellow fins? If it is a drummer, doss it seem odd that it is so far upstream from the estuary waters?

Thanks for any education you can provide us on our mystery fish. It is the first time she caught a fish we couldn't identify!

DNR Response: You caught a Fallfish. They are very common in our inland rivers and streams. They can grow as large as 15Ē or so.

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Justin Johnson
Youth Angler
Elkridge, MD
Total Reports:
10
Sent in on: August 22, 2014 Permalink

Lost Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lost Lake
Tags: Largemouth Bass

My 1st bass on my new finesse rod at Lost Lake, wacky style.

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Tristen Pattisall
Youth Angler
Bel Air, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 21, 2014 Permalink

Young Avid Fisherman

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Private pond
Tags: Largemouth Bass, Flounder

All caught in private ponds in Harford County except the Flounder (Ocean City, MD). Tristen is an avid fisherman. He doesn't miss a single opportunity to fish and has had thousands of catch and released fish in his 12 years on this earth.

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Ethan Fike
Youth Angler
Finzel / Frostburg MD
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: August 21, 2014 Permalink

Drift Fishing on the Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River, From Hancock to McCoys Ferry
Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Sunfish, Musky

Me and Dad and a bunch of our friends went to the Potomac River to drift fish on our canoes and kayaks on Saturday. We started at Hancock and ended at McCoys Ferry. We caught a lot of Smallmouth Bass, some catfish and sunfish. One of our friends was hooked up on a Musky that looked to be around 3 foot long but it got off. The bass were all under 14 inches. I didnít get any pictures of the fish but I did take this picture of the cut at Sidling Hill that can be seen from a stretch of the river. I thought this view of the cut from the river was neat, it was actually a lot further away then it appeared.

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Jabari Pinkney
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 12, 2014 Permalink

Guilford Pond Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Guilford Pond
Tags: Largemouth Bass

Jabari caught this 11 to 12 inch Largemouth Bass at Guilford Pond.

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David Charles Kevin Morris, III
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 12, 2014 Permalink

Fishing with Dad and Pop

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Annapolis and Edgewater
Tags: Bluegill, bass

Last week I went fishing with my mom, dad, and two sisters, in Annapolis Maryland. I caught a couple Bluegill at first, and later in the afternoon I caught a bass. I like to release the fish back into the water, also I caught more bluegill's after catching the bass. I also crabbed on Saturday and caught 15 crabs in Edgewater. I really like to fish with my dad and my Pop.


Gaaron Bankowski
Youth Angler
Wrightsville, PA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Deal Island Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Deale Island
Tags: Striped Bass

Gaaron caught this striper off Deal Island.

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Dan Horgan
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Lots of Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Bush River and Winters Run
Tags: Catfish, White Perch, Smallmouth

This morning we fished the high tide in the Bush River. We caught about 30 White Perch on nightcrawlers. We used live White Perch and cut Suckers for bait and caught some nice Channel Catfish. Later we went to Winters Run and caught about 15 Smallmouth Bass in about 2 hrs on live minnows.

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Brian Zagalsky
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Award Size Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay
Tags: Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel

We were fishing for bluefish and we went to a ship and I casted a firetiger lure out and brought it in. I thought I had a really big blue, and when it got close enough that I could see itís markings I yelled at the top of my lungs that itís a Spanish Mackerel. After it ran 5 times I got it in and my dad netted it. The fish was 23.5 inches and I was even more excited because it was a citation too! The next day we devoured it and it was delicious. That was one of the best fishing days of my life.

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Jack Fisk
Youth Angler
Gaithersburg, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Local Pond Channel Cat

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond
Tags: Channel Catfish

Caught this giant catfish (39 inches in length) in a local pond fishing for carp, is it a blue or a channel? If it is a channel is it close to state record?

DNR Response: Just looking at the picture I'd call it a Channel Catfish. Pond fish tend to look a little differently than their tidal or river cousins and once Channel Catfish get larger they loose that characteristic yellow/bronze color with spots. We've had some large channels that looked very blue too. The real diagnostic features of a Blue Catfish is the large head (which this one doesn't appear to have), and the straight anal fin (which we can't really see). But the tail, head and little bit of the anal fin that we can see looks like a channel. Of course, if it's in contention for any records it would have to be examined by a Biologist for definite confirmation.

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