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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. Robert Mister, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 17, 2014 | Permalink

Good Gunpowder Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

Just wanted to share some photos with you guys of a fishing trip that myself Rob Mister and Jon Mesher had crappie fishing in the Gunpowder. While fishing for crappie we manage to land these nice largemouths averaging in the 8 pound range and 24-25 inches. We caught these fish in the morning of March 12th. I guess these Big Fish will hit a 1” crappie jig.

Tags: Crappie, Largemouth Bass


  1. Tommy O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on March 17, 2014 | Permalink

My First Largemouth Bass of the Year!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Local Pond

On March 2nd, I went fishing with my Dad and sister, Laura, at my neighbor's pond. I caught the bass on my fly rod using a foam fly pattern that I made called "the foam dragon". The bass was 16.5", and we released it so someone else can enjoy catching it another day.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on March 14, 2014 | Permalink

Ice Out Crappies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Small Public Lakes

I took advantage of the recent 4-day warm spell and found a couple of small public lakes that were free of the ice I thought would last til for ever! Using the tiny 1/200th oz Trout Magnet with a pink plastic and a single maggot, I got a nice mixed bag of 42 Bluegills, crappie and bass by wind-drifting the tiny offering on 4 lb test and a 5 foot drop below a sensitive bobber. Best crappie went 13.5, and it was a black-nose. Glad to finally fish open water with success as opposed to sitting on a bucket in the cold on the ice! Here are a few pics…

Tags: Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass


  1. James Coats, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 17, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac River Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

I caught this 29 inch Walleye on the Potomac River last weekend.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Tommy O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on March 13, 2014 | Permalink

My Double-Header

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Hillsboro

I went fishing with my dad, 2 sisters, and my dad's friend in Hillsboro. We were fishing for Yellow Perch on March 11, 2014. My first fish was a small Yellow Perch and then I caught a double-header which were both keepers. Then, I caught my last fish that was a small one. Both of my keepers were about 9 1/2 inches.

Tags: Yellow Perch


  1. Brett Coakley, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 13, 2014 | Permalink

Chester River Yellow Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chester River

I have been trying to get my friend Al into a decent Yellow Perch bite for a few years. With busy schedules, terrible weather and the wrong tide, we never seemed to be able to catch up with them. The weather this year has just been plain crazy. I am happy to report that water temperatures have now risen considerably (only to go back down starting this afternoon). My fishfinder read between 46-47 deg F all morning. Many fish were caught, but only few were legal. However, all the females that we caught had not spawned yet. We fished about 6 different holes by boat downstream from Millington, with the average size of fish getting larger as we moved downstream. Unfortunately, when we finally found “the spot”, we only had 20 min left to fish! Jigs, minnows and grass shrimp all caught fish this morning.

Tags: Yellow Perch


  1. Laura O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 13, 2014 | Permalink

My First Perch of the Year!

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Hillsboro

I went fishing for Yellow Perch with my brother, dad, sister, and my dad's friend on March 11, 2014 in Hillsboro. We didn't catch a lot, but me and my brother caught a few perch big enough to keep. I caught 1 perch big enough to keep and 2 other small ones that I had to throw back. The perch that I caught was 9 1/2 inches.

Tags: Yellow Perch


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 13, 2014 | Permalink

Nice start for 2014

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

March 11, 2014, I took the boat out for the first time this year. I launched from Seneca Landing and headed upstream to a few of my favorite spots for Smallmouth Bass. The water temperature was 44 degrees and there was a pretty strong current; the river level is about 1 foot higher than normal. Water clarity was good with a slightly green tint.

I used my favorite lure, a pumpkin tube with 1/4 ounce jig head. After 2 hours, not a single bite, so I decided to switch up to see if I could figure out what they were eating. I tied on a spinnerbait … nothing.

Then I put on a jerk bait and the action was fast and furious. I caught 8 fish in 30 minutes, then it shut off just as fast as it started. I have never caught any largemouth that far upstream, but yesterday I managed to catch 2; one was pushing 3 lbs. The biggest smallie was close to 4 lbs and I caught two others that were in the 3 lb class. All fish were released unharmed. It was a great way to start the season.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass


  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on March 12, 2014 | Permalink

Action Picking up on the Upper Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

The snow and ice jambs have finally melted away and river temperatures are now in the 40s. With the recent hint of spring, both fish and fishermen are beginning to stir. The Walleye action has been consistent with fish taking a variety of jigs and crankbaits. This time of year Walleye are constantly on the move and fishermen should be too if they want to consistently find them. Greg Myers and I spent a recent cold day on the river in search of Walleye. We had to do just that, but by days end we did manage to catch and release about a dozen between 18 and 22 inches, mostly on ¼ oz jigs fished tight to the bottom. The bites were subtle, no more than a slight “tick” of the line as the jig swept downstream. Dave Baker was also out recently and caught some nice smallmouth and a bonus Walleye.

Always check river levels before planning a trip (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/marfc/Forecasts/ ) and PFDs must be worn from November 15 through May 15 (see page 27 in 2014 Maryland Fishing Guide for details).

Tags: Walleye, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Laura O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 12, 2014 | Permalink

My First Largemouth Bass!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Pond

I caught this bass in my neighbor's pond and the bass was 16 1/2 inches. I was fishing with my brother and my dad using worms. I caught 3 other Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds plus I got a lot of bites.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass

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