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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.

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. Dave Zajano, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Memorial Stadium Reef and Mr. Whiskers

Type: Chesapeake
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.

Tags: White Perch, Channel Catfish, MARI Survey

  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

No Fish Just Ponies at Assateague

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
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.

Tags: Catfish, White Perch, Striped Bass

  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Large Bass at Lake Allen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

I had a Great Morning at Lake Allen. I caught over 11 nice bass all on plastics. Could not ask for a better morning.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Greg Fawcett, Recreational Angler
  2. Loudon, NH
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Sheepshead

Type: Chesapeake
Location: The Bay

Greg caught this 24 inch Sheepshead in the bay on 7/18/2014.

Tags: Sheepshead

  1. Justin Senter, Recreational Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Tangier Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Tangier Sound

Justin caught this 47 inch Striped Bass at Tangier Sound.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Tyler Clinton, Recreational Angler
  2. York, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

Yummy Crabs for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chester River

On Friday July 18 my brother Colby and I went crabbing on the Chester River. Crabbed the incoming tide from 6am-10am. Ended up with 49 nice heavy crabs!

Tags: Blue Crabs

  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
  4. View all reports by Ken Kopro →

Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

4th Time's the Charm

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
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.

Tags: Striped Bass, Flounder, Shad, Bluefish

  1. Jim Lilly, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

14 Plus Inch White Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Jim caught this 14.25 inch White Perch on 7/19 on the Patapsco, and he is now entered into the 2014 Fishing Challenge.

Tags: White Perch

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 30
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Panfish Bite Remains Hot

Type: Freshwater
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.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumkinseed, Hybrids, Crappie, Green Sunfish Hybrid, Largemouth Bass

  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Tion Hall →

Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

Middle Branch Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Branch Marina

My son caught this beast on a nightcrawler bottom rig setup on a 8ft surfcasting rod. Low 80's about 3 hours after high tide. Middle Branch Marina again!

Tags: Channel Catfish

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