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There will be a 2014 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. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 15
  3. View all reports by Rev Ryan Johnson →

Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Centennial Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Park

I've been quiet for a awhile but here's my biggest bass ever caught on 6lb test XPS Fluro and wacky style rig at Centennial Park. He was 21 inches

Tags: largmouth bass

  1. Steven Byrd, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Steven Byrd →

Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Catch and Release Marlin

Type: Ocean

Here is a picture of the blue marlin I caught and released on 9-5-2014.

Tags: blue marlin, Spanish Mackerel

  1. Samuel Mistler, Youth Angler
  2. Charlestown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Samuel Mistler →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Northern Bay MSSA Youth Tournament Winner

Type: Chesapeake
Region: North Eastern
Location: Northern Bay

Samuel, age 11 won the Northern Bay MSSA child’s fishing tournament with a 29 inch carp in his hometown of Charlestown, Maryland. He was in the Woods & Water section of the Cecil Whig for his win. He is seen here in a photo with his Father Dennis Mistler with the prize catch. Sam has won this tournament 3 other times and has been fishing since he was 2. We were at the Sandy Point presentation yesterday, his dad caught a citation catfish and was given tickets to the event. We truly enjoyed it.

Tags: Carp

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by Smiley Hsu →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Phenomenal Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

I took advantage of the glorious weather on Sunday and went fishing. With clear skies, a full moon, and high pressure, I really didn't expect to catch a whole lot. To my surprise, the fishing was just as phenomenal as the weather. I caught 4 blue cats and 14 striper -- most were 17 to 22 inches, but one was a whopping 32 inches. A fish that size should be somewhere in the Atlantic right now, but lucky for me, this one was too lazy to make the pilgrimage. I caught the striper on a 1/4 oz buck tail with a 6 inch bass assassin teaser (all white).

P.S. I generally practice catch and release, but having caught so many blue cats lately, I am convinced they pose a serious threat to the ecosystem, so I have been "field dressing" them before returning them to the water. All the striped bass were returned alive and well.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Striped Bass

  1. Seth Krider, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Seth Krider →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Salisbury Park Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Salisbury Park

Seth caught this 22inch, 3.5 pound snakehead at Salisbury Park below the white footbridge on a top water hollow body frog.

Tags: Nothern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Solomon Jovenal, Recreational Angler
  2. Westminster
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Solomon Jovenal →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Kent Island Stripers

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Kent Island

These Kent Island stripers were caught using swim shad from the surf.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Archie Snyder, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Archie Snyder →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Dam 5 Smallie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Dam 5, Potomac River

Caught this smallie at dam 5 on a chartreuse grub.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Michael Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Michael Wagus →

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Barnum Goldie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

I caught this 16 inch goldie at Barnum on 8-27-14. I was using my 4 1/2 ft. Shakespeare Ultra light with a Pflueger Trion spinning reel with 2 lb. test. It was quite a surprise when he surfaced and I wasted no time landing him.

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. Diane Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Big Channel Cat

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Rocky Gap State Park

Diane caught this 32 inch 12 lb. 10 oz. beast at Rocky Gap State Park on 8-29-14. She caught it using a night crawler on a 4 1/2 ft. Ultra Light Ugly Stick, Abu Garcia Abumatic reel on 4 lb. test with a #6 bait hook. After 15 minutes the big guy tired out and we were able to land him in our 14 ft. Jon boat. Her line and my landing net both broke as we got him on the boat. Needless to say, she was a little excited when she qualified for the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Channel Catfish

  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
  3. View all reports by Brian Zlotorzynski →

Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Summer Visitors to the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Caught one of these I believe you said it was a silver perch last year native to the gulf. And 6 of these flat fish in the cast net in Chesapeake Beach. What are they? These fish look like they should be in the ocean not half way up the bay.

DNR Response:The fish in the picture on the left is a silver perch which is a member of the drum family. The fish on the right is a harvestfish and is a member of the butterfish family. Both are summer visitors to the Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Harvestfish, Silver Perch

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