Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. All information is optional, but encouraged.
Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.
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.
A 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.
Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 76
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Garrett County Trout Fishing Opportunities
Location: North Branch Potomac River
The Freshwater Institute, a program of the Conservation Fund (www.conservationfund.org), made a generous donation of rainbow trout that were stocked in the North Branch Potomac River's Put and Take Trout Fishing Area at Barnum as well as the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area. Both rivers have adequate coldwater for trout survival during the late summer, and these fish should provide some great trout fishing opportunities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Pictured are a few shots of us float-stocking the trout throughout the entire length of the Yough C&R Area.
Ben Smith, Youth Angler
- Salisbury, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Just Joined the Youth Fishing Club
Location: Nanticoke River
I just joined the Maryland Youth Fishing Club and this was my first time out fishing since then. I am 5 years old and was fishing on the boat with my parents and little brother. I caught 3 catfish while using nightcrawlers on the Nanticoke River.
Jason Zagalsky, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Catch and Release Red Drum
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Breezy Point
Date: September 2, 2015
Boat: Rockin’ Robin, a Judge 27 Chesapeake Family
Captain: Jason Zagalsky
Angler: Marty Carter
We had a beautiful day for our plan to run all the way down south of Breezy Point from Annapolis to chase bluefish and Spanish macs. The bay was like a sheet of glass most of the day, and we hardly saw any other boats out all day. Trolling at 8mph with hopes of catching Spanish since we didn't see much of anything except bait on the surface and on the fishfinder, we had both front windows wide open and kept us cool.
Well, the blues and macs never showed up, but this 40" red drum took a Captain John Spoon on a Spreader Bar at 8mph! You might notice in the picture that there is a #1 planer tangled with the spreader bar… this is because somehow the beast managed to hit 3 lines and took them all down hard peeling drag and making a ruckus. We were sure that we snagged something on the bottom as I slowed the boat down to a crawl, until we realized we were in 26 feet of water, and then Marty yelled, "I felt a head shake." We got all the lines in and out of the way and proceeded to get the fish to the side of the boat and realized way too big for summer net. I reached one hand under the gill and other holding the spoon/lip and hoisted him aboard. She was quickly released after a few photos for the Maryland Fishing Challenge Catch and Release Citation.
We ended up covering about 100 miles searching from Parker's Creek to Choptank to Poplar Narrows and Eastern Bay, eventually finding breaking fish under birds late in the day, but all short rock and small blues except for a pair of decent size blues. Didn't matter though, that Red Drum made the other-wise mediocre day just awesome!
Al Basile, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 50
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Lots of Young Bass in Mattawoman Creek!
Location: Mattawoman Creek
The Tidal Bass Program began tagging bass on Mattawoman Creek this week to assess recreational angling. About 100 bass (10 - 23 inches) were tagged in 3 days. Anglers who catch a tagged bass can report the tag number to Tim Groves (301-888-2423) for a small prize and entry into a raffle to win a gift card in fall 2016. Boaters interested in working with MD DNR on this project are welcome to contact Joe Love (410-260-8257).
Chuck Peacher, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
- Churchton, MD
- Total Reports: 22
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Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 9
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Bass Biting in Columbia
Location: Columbia Lakes
My son and I have been doing very well in Columbia lakes for largemouth bass. He got his first over 3 lbs. Here's a couple of 3 lbers and a few over a pound. Gorgeous conditions all on minnows or a nightcrawler under a bobber.
Robert Simmons, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Fred Voelker, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Why is One Fish Darker?
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Poole's Island
My family and I were on a charter Sunday, August 23, 2015. Great trip! We were off Poole's Island. I noticed the 2nd fish from the bottom was very dark - almost black. Can you tell me if this Rockfish looks normal? After filleting, the meat looked dark red and lumpy compared to the other fish. I still have the fillets frozen, and am leary about eating them.
DNR Response: Yes the fish you mention does appear to have a darker color that the other striped bass. I do not think it is anything to worry about. Often fish such as striped bass will be darker in color if they spend most of their time in deeper waters. I have noticed that striped bass that tend to be in shallower waters often will be lighter in color or as some would say "washed out". I believe it is a pigment reaction to bright sunlight verses being in deeper waters where the sunlight does not penetrate.
As with any type of food whether it is wild caught or something you've purchased at the grocery store; if you have to think twice about it, discard it.