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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.

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. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
  4. View all reports by Wyatt Hall →

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Looking Forward to the Fishing Challenge Finale

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Fishing was not so good today all Wyatt and his brother Ryder caught was a perch and the worlds smallest rockfish which was quickly released back into the Patuxent River. Both boys are looking forward to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale on September 13. in just a couple weeks. They have been asking about it a lot lately.

Tags: perch, striped bass

  1. Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
  3. View all reports by Ryder Hall →

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Not a Good Fishing Day

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Tide was not good for fishing today all Ryder and his brother caught was a perch and the worlds smallest rockfish that was released quickly.

Tags: striped bass, perch

  1. Jacob Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Jacob Smith →

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Kayak Fishing in the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Mid-Bay

Caught a 23.5" striper this morning kayak fishing on a Rat-L-Trap that was hot-rodded.

Tags: striped bass

  1. John D. Philyaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by John D. Philyaw →

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Lake Allen Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

My dad and I went out to Lake Allen for a couple hours the morning of Saturday 8/22. Each of us caught 1 bass. I was using a Yellow Perch pattern Scatter Rap Shad. Hooked up a smaller fish then a second later this big bass went after that fish. The smaller fish got off, but the bass stayed on. Did not get a chance to weigh or measure the fish because we wanted to get it back into the water, but it had to have been 21 inches plus and probably weighed around 5 lbs. Afterwards, my dad reeled in a largemouth around 12 inches.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Shawn McCardell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
  3. View all reports by Shawn McCardell →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Thank You MD Youth Fishing Club

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

My son Ryley and I stopped off at Owens Creek after baseball practice. After a few casts he managed to hook a small brown trout. The fish seemed stressed and as it’s catch and release on Owens Creek right now we opted to place him back in the water as quickly as possible, without a photo.

But here is another photo I would like to share that was made possible because of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club, the Maryland Fishing Challenge and most importantly Fisheries employee Letha Grimes!

Up until two years ago it was quite difficult to get my youngest son Ryley, to go fishing. Then one day I saw that the Department of Natural Resources had just created a Youth Fishing Club. Being a Cub Scout Ryley was keen on earning the patch. But still it was a tough sell. There just wasn't enough action in our local ponds and streams to hook him on fishing. But then one day we received a letter from Letha explaining how we could have an opportunity to go out on a charter boat with a fisheries biologist to help catch and tag striped bass. So as luck would have it we were picked to go out on a boat at the end of July 2013. The seas were very rough that day and nearly everyone vomited; everyone except Ryley and I. Unfortunately the boat had to turn back for shore without tagging or even catching a fish. Despite everything that day just the experience had him start asking for more. The following summer I reached out to Letha and explained our circumstance from the previous year’s attempt and she was instrumental in getting us back out and he caught numerous stripers and bluefish. He loves fishing so much he had us charter boats while on vacation in the OBX to go fishing. He convinced us to charter another boat on the bay to go out fishing for striped bass last year and again this year. And ultimately all those pictures from the trips Letha helped inspire lead Ryley to a most awesome day this past March. Out of over 1000 kids he was selected to be the "Angler" for an article in Field and Stream magazine’s June edition, titled “How to Raise a Wild Child”. I just wanted share how much of an impact the Youth Fishing Club and Letha Grimes has had on my son. Thank you for everything!

Tags: Brown Trout

  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 11
  4. View all reports by Skylar Hepner →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Awesome Time in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

I had an awesome time fishing in Ocean City. Mr. Frank Watkins took me fishing on his boat. I caught lots of fish. I caught my first black sea bass and kingfish that day. We caught a variety of fish that day which was incredible and we even saw sharks swim by the boat. We caught croaker, kingfish, black sea bass, perch, and triggerfish. The highlight of the trip was when our friend, Bob hooked into a giant ray. It jumped and flew out of the water many times putting on a show for us. Mr. Watkins was very nice and he explained to us how to use a fish finder and told us stories about the area. He even let me use his favorite fishing pole. Thank you so much Mr. Watkins for taking me, my dad, and our friend Bob out, it is a day that I will never forget.

Tags: croaker, kingfish, black sea bass, perch, and triggerfish, ray, shark

  1. John Dulemba, Recreational Angler
  2. Kensington
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by John Dulemba →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Spectacular Day on the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay

Spectacular day of fishing on the mid-bay this evening. It was endless catches of Spanish Mackerel, schoolie Stripers, and Blues on Clark Spoons on #1 planers trolled at 7 mph. Sadly all of the Stripers were 17-19", though. Here is a link to some video footage of the water erupting

Tags: Spanish mackerel, striped bass, bluefish

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 31
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Canoe Fishing on the Savage River Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Location: Savage River Reservoir

We fished the Savage River Reservoir from our canoe on 8-23-15. There were plenty of smallmouth bass in the 9 to 13 inch range. Dad and I caught most fish on medium size tubes casted near the shoreline. The water level is down about 8 to 10 foot and the water is still very clear.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Heather Dize, Recreational Angler
  2. Parkville
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservior

I caught this chain pickerel off the bottom with minnow in 15ft from a row boat.

Tags: chain pickerel

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 20
  4. View all reports by Wayne Young →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

West Side of Shipping Channel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: West Side of Shipping Channel


Number of fishers: 2

Area Fished: Bay Bridge, Hacketts Bar, Sewer Pipe, east side, west side of shipping channel

Details: Thanks to the good folks at Anglers for an honest fish report when we stopped for bloodworms and razor clams. No spot at the bridge, some perch. 2 spot on Hacketts Bar/Dollys Lump and plenty of perch. They liked my hand tied shrimp flies tipped with a small piece of bloodworm pegged with a small piece of fishbite bloodworm. Checked east side up to the LP buoy. Nothing doing. Swung over to the west side. Lots of bait schools moving north with the tide. Marked feeding fish in 22' on west edge on south side off mouth of Magothy River. Caught 6 schoolies, largest 19-1/2". A striper about 18" broke off at the boat. A rockfish well over 30" broke my partners 20 lb test line on a strong third run away from the boat. Hooked a modest sized ray and brought it alongside on a medium bait caster combo - cut the line just above the hook. Lots of snapper blues attacking bait schools. We caught one on our rockfish baits and tossed it back. My partner had one of the spot out for about 4 hours - no takers. Let it go for good service! All stripers were hooked on alternative live bait.

Tags: spot, perch, striped bass, bluefish

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