Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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There will be a 2013 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.
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.
Jacob Holtz, Recreational Angler
- Silver Spring
- Total Reports: 8
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Location: Patapsco River, Northwest Branch and Susquehanna State Park
I got to spend some time in and on the water this past weekend and thought I'd send an update. On Saturday, I fished the Patapsco with my wife Beata, who caught her biggest fish to date (10" smallmouth), which was also the biggest fish of the day. Also caught a number of pumpkinseeds, chubs, and fallfish. Later that evening while waiting on friends I fished the Northwest Branch in Montgomery County. I caught more pumpkinseeds than I could count, none more than 6", but all an absolute joy to catch in a tiny urban stream. Then on Sunday we made a short visit to the Susquehanna State Park and fished along the bank for about half an hour. Unfortunately it was right as the water levels started rising due to afternoon energy production at the dam, but before we got flooded out we connected on another nice smallie and a fairly hefty sunfish. All of the fish over the course of the weekend were caught on small in-line spinners.
We also collected some raspberries along the way to the fishing spots - just another great reason to get out!
Dave Zajano, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Memorial Stadium Reef and Mr. Whiskers
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Memorial Stadium Reef
I am very happy to report that the White Perch have finally arrived on the upper bay reefs. Their arrival this year is more than one month later than the preceding two years. On Monday July 21 Dr. Ken Lewis and I went out to fish Memorial Stadium reef and Man-O-War shoal with high hopes of finally getting some decent numbers to report for the MARI reef survey. We were not disappointed. Most of the White Perch were small, but we did get about a half dozen in the 9.5 to 11.5" range.
While fishing the Memorial Stadium site the drag on Ken's ultra light reel suddenly screamed and line on the spool disappeared toward the horizon. I fired up the engine and the chase was on. Clearly this fish was more than a match for the light rigging as he took line at will. After 15 minutes the fish finally began to tire and for the first time we were actually able to put line back on the reel by pulling it in as opposed to chasing him. When Ken finally brought him to the net we were rewarded with a 28" channel cat that nudged 10 pounds on the digital hand held scale.
Great weather + some delicious white perch + a big cat + two angler reports for the MARI reef survey = a great day on the bay.
Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 5
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No Fish Just Ponies at Assateague
Location: Assateague Island, MD
Last week my mom and dad took me to Assateague Island State Park to fish, see the ponies, and to do the Park Quest. We didn't catch any fish but we did see a couple of ponies.
I also visited my mom and dad's friends Bob and Sandy. Bob took us fishing at Crosswicks Creek in his boat. I caught a lot of fish (catfish, white perch, and one small rockfish). I released everything that I caught. I had a great day at both the places that I went to.
Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
- Odenton, MD
- Total Reports: 11
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Greg Fawcett, Recreational Angler
- Loudon, NH
- Total Reports: 1
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Justin Senter, Recreational Angler
- Salisbury, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Tyler Clinton, Recreational Angler
- York, PA
- Total Reports: 1
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Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
- Towson, MD
- Total Reports: 21
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4th Time's the Charm
Location: Route 50 Bridge
Last Sunday evening, July 13th, I fished with minnows for flounder from the jetty at Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes, DE. In three hours I got only two hits and zero hookups. Next I drove to Indian River Inlet and tossed some lures at the shad under the lights of the Coast Guard Station for an hour. Same results: two hits, zero hookups.
Finally, I went to Oceanic Pier at Ocean City Inlet to see if the bluefish were running with the outgoing tide. Not a single hit there during 90 minutes of casting until the current grew too strong. My zero night was pretty much over at 1 a.m. when by chance I pulled my car up to a dock near the Rte. 50 Bridge on my way home. I looked out to find several splashes from fish that were feeding in the still water behind a large catamaran. My spec rig was instantly hooked up with a double of schoolie stripers! I managed three more catch-and-releases (with this one quick self timer photo) in ten minutes before the dock lights went dark and the blitz came to a screeching halt.
Jim Lilly, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 30
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Bass and Panfish Bite Remains Hot
Region: North Central
Location: Mason-Dixon Region
Despite the mid-July time frame, we continue to have quality catches in both public and private waters along the Mason-Dixon region. My friend Patrick Korn and I recently caught and released 75 bluegills and punkinseed/pumpkingill hybrids on 1/200th oz Trout Magnets tipped with Gulps redworms on the morning of the 'thunder moon' of July and found spawning fish once again but slightly deeper than the June timing. We later scored quality largemouths at another 'under the radar' public venue in Carroll County.
On July 19 my son Matt and I worked hard with drop-shot/worm combos for quality rather than quantity for a variety of panfish from a local pond . Top fish of the day was Matt's 12 1/8 inch bluegill X green sunfish hybrid that weighed 1 pound 8 ounces. A couple of bonus slab crappies were also in the mix.
Barring drought or low oxygen conditions, smaller lake options should hold up well right into the fall. For bass, fish early and late in the day for active fish on surface frogs or stickworms.