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 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.
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.
Kirk Schmidt, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink
Little Choptank Remora
Location: Little Choptank River
Fishing in the Little Choptank River Off Ragged Point, 16 year old Evan Schmidt from Hereford, MD caught what looks to be a Remora.
DRN Response: There have been several remora reported in the lower bay in the past week. The picture is a bit fuzzy but that looks like a suction disk on its head.
Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 17
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Northern Pike Research
Location: Deep Creek Lake
DNR Fisheries Service has initiated a tagging study on northern pike in Deep Creek Lake in order to obtain some basic life history information as well as catch and harvest rates . Adult pike of at least 26" in length are currently being collected and tagged with a yellow FLOY tag that will be located along the dorsal fin. Each tag will have a four-digit number as well as a phone number (see attached sign). If you catch a tagged fish, please note the tag number, the date it was caught, the general location on the lake where it was caught, whether it was kept or released, and its length to the nearest ½", and report that information via the phone number on the tag (301-689-7168). Your cooperation in this effort will help us to begin to collect the needed information to effectively manage this unique fishery and will also make you eligible for a reward!
Due to the low density of large pike in the lake and the limited number of tags deployed, we encourage you to take a picture of your catch and then release it so that we may continue to collect needed information from our tagged fish.
During the last stretch of cool weather, the surface temps on the lake dropped into the upper 60's during the early morning hours, so a friend and I decided to take advantage of the cooler water to try to catch and tag a large pike or two. Fortunately, we were able to hook up with a beautiful female that was 39.5" long and was fitted with the first tag of the project! She handled the tagging well and is out there waiting to be caught!
Good luck and tight lines!!!
Matthew Diehl, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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One Less Snakehead
Location: Schoolhouse Pond
Matthew caught this 19 inch northern snakehead at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's County in front of the courthouse building. He harvested it and that's one less snakehead in the pond.
Peter Schumacher, Recreational Angler
- Laurel, MD
- Total Reports: 7
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Kevin Jones, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Fletchers Blue Cats
Location: Fletcher's Boathouse
Good fishing for blue catfish at Fletcher's Boathouse in DC. I caught this nice blue catfish, but my friend Gene caught this monster on a bottom rig. Estimated weight 45 to 50 pnds and over 3 ft long. Great day on the water. Fish on!!!!
Award Winners, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Award Size Catch and Release
Congratulations to these anglers who are now enterd into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:
- David Kane caught and released a 60 inch White Marlin at Poor Man's Canyon.
- Tom Faulkner caught and released a 41.25 inch Striped Bass.
Steve Doctor, Fisheries Biologist
- Ocean City, MD
- Total Reports: 16
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Head Boat Birthday Bash
Location: Ocean City
It was my friend’s Andy Maiss birthday on Saturday so a bunch of us decided to go on an Ocean City Head boat to celebrate. On the way out I gave him a bag of white twister tails and Red headed jigs for his birthday present. We went to a wreck site in about 90 feet of water and did short drifts. The captain was spot on and I got bites on every drift of the day. My new ugly stick was bent double from the time we started until we quit for the day. Nice flounders and one to three pound sea bass filled the creel. At the end of the day my friend said to me “Steve, you gave me the secret lure and what did I do, stuck with the bucktails, I should have known…” Great day and a great way to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I have included a few photos from the last two trips on the head boat along with a picture from the birthday bash.
Eric Gelvar, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Can anyone in the DNR office please identify this fish caught in freshwater. 2 were caught and released on 2 different days this past weekend.
DNR Response: We are pretty sure it is a green sunfish. This one is very dark colored and he appears to be living up to his reputation of being very aggressive, judging by the size of the rubber worm in his mouth. The hatchery program cross breeds green sunfish with bluegills for their youth fishing programs so that the hybrid bluegills are easy to catch by kids.
Aron Weiner, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 21
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink
Last Few Months in Review
Location: Liberty Reservoir and Potomac, Patapsco
Late June early July bass action at Liberty Reservoir was super hot. On July fourth weekend I got a citation bass on my first cast of the morning three days in a row. Also landed a few walleye between my friends and I. End of August I caught a few walleye on the Potomac with the biggest being 26.5", unfortunately I didn't have a scale to get a weight. And some big channels on the Patapsco.
Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
- Bethesda, MD
- Total Reports: 16
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Location: Potomac River near Alexandria
I took my son catfishing this weekend and we had a blast. We only had about 3 hours but we managed to catch 6 catfish. They were decent, but nothing huge. While I was taking one of the pictures, a giant cat took the other bait. It was peeling drag and before I could get the rod out of the rod holder, it broke the leader. We were using 8/0 hooks with 30# leader material. I just ordered some 10/0 hooks and 50# leader. The next one is not getting away.