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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.

Share your latest fishing experience on the Youth Angler's Log

To post a report please email your name, age, hometown, photos, location information, and a description of your fishing trip to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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Latest Youth Angler's Log Reports from Youth Anglers


Wyatt Hall
Youth Angler
Mechanicsville
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 11, 2015 Permalink

Patuxent Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River
Tags: white perch

Wyatt Hall, age 4, caught his first fish of the year near Benedict Bridge in the Patuxent River . It was a great day for him and his brother expect many more reports of different types of fish this year.

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Ryder Hall
Youth Angler
Mechanicsville,
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: May 11, 2015 Permalink

First Fish of The Season

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location: Patuxent River
Tags: white perch

Ryder Hall age 7, caught this white perch near Benedict Bridge on the Patuxent River. His first fish of the season.

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Matthew Bishop
Youth Angler
Hagerstown, MD
Total Reports:
14
Sent in on: May 6, 2015 Permalink

First Striper of the Season

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point Lighthouse
Tags: striped bass

Matthew was fishing on his Dad's boat when he caught his first rockfish of the season.

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Spencer Byrge
Youth Angler
Winchester, VA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 5, 2015 Permalink

Young Angler Gets a Beauty

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern Bay
Location: Reedsville, VA
Tags: Striped Bass

Spencer, age 11, caught this beauty while fishing on Fishers Bay Charters with Capt. David Fisher on board.

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Mason Branger
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 4, 2015 Permalink

All Smiles For This Kid

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Triadelphia Reservoir
Tags: crappie

Mason Branger with a nice white crappie caught at Triadelphia Reservoir on Sunday, May 3rd. One of many crappies caught in 2-3 feet of water around wood cover.

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Johnny Yesker
Youth Angler
Grasonville, MD
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 4, 2015 Permalink

Potomac American Shad

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River
Tags: American Shad

Johnny caught this American shad on the Potomac River just upstream of Fletchers Boathouse using tandem shad dart rigs!!!

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Jeremiah Harrington
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: May 4, 2015 Permalink

Largemouth Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert County
Tags: largemouth bass

Jeremiah Harrington caught this small largemouth on a watermelon colored plastic worm in Calvert County. He also caught this second fish as the sun went down.

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Ryley McCardell
Youth Angler
Thurmont, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: April 28, 2015 Permalink

First Striper for the Boat

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach, MD
Tags: striped bass

Ryley set out aboard the Wound Tight for the third straight year this Sunday and managed to reel in the first striper for the boat. It measured 36.75 inches from nose to tail and fell just within the slot limit and was released after a brief picture. The rest of the boat landed another four stripers between 36 and 39.5 inches.

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Jayden Venable
Youth Angler
Eldersburg, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

Union Mills Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Silver Run Pond
Tags: catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout

The first fishing outing of the season and it has to be this cold. Really, will winter ever end. We have fish to catch!

Capt. Big Fish was at the Silver Run Pond kids fishing rodeo sponsored by the Union Mills Lions Club; you people are the best!!

The day started out just like last year I was catching everything but trout. The bad part was a beautiful 14" golden trout was right in front of me the whole day, but would not hit on anything. If I had a treble hook I could have snatched him........LOL

I started with a few small bluegills fishing about 4 feet deep, then decided due to the cold temps the fish might be deep. I removed all my floats and started bottom fishing landing a nice fat 11.75" mud cat. Then I had a nice strong fight with a 11.75" bass. Finally I landed a 13" rainbow trout to put me 2nd on the leader board (the story of my young tournament career). Late in the afternoon I landed a Godzilla Crappie which was 11.5". I had caught crappie before, but not like this one. I released all my fish to catch again another day. At the end I was awarded the 2nd place trophy in the 6-8 age group. I was still so excited to try other spots on the pond that I grabbed my trusty dock demon and headed around the pond trying different spots. Only problem was I set my trophy down, when I returned it was gone. I looked everywhere. Needless to say It was not a pretty picture when a cold, hungry, and tired 6 year old has a melt down. Oh well, it is not about the gold. It is all about the fish! I had the thrill of the reel, reeling in Godzilla!

Ghost writer Papaw Jackson

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Ethan Fike
Youth Angler
Finzel / Frostburg MD
Total Reports:
28
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

First Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Out of Herrington Harbor
Tags: striped bass

Me, my dad and some friends traveled from western MD to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday where I caught my first rockfish while fishing onboard the charter boat Never E Nuff. My fish was 35 inches long.

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