Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
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.
Thomas Conway, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Jay Jones, Recreational Angler
- Abington, MD
- Total Reports: 4
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Inner Harbor Stripers
Location: Inner Harbor
Got the chance to get out in my Kayak in the inner harbor on Tuesday afternoon 11/4. Over by the NS Savannah, I found a school of 16 inch rocks hitting baits being swept by the end of the pier. Canít say there was a throw-back ratio, they were all clones, they all got thrown back. I was able to hook up about every 3rd cast and usually had 3-4 other fish closely following the hooked fish back to my boat. Tried jigging underneath and searching for perch in the area with no luck, but canít complain when youíre catching these beauties. I was using a Blue Fox Vibrax spinner #3 size bright yellow body, silver blade and cranking it close to the surface of the water. Lots of fun!
Ivan R. Cohen, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Pickerel Action Picking Up
Location: Loch Raven
Caught this chain pickerel at Loch Raven Reservoir on 11/4/14. The pickerel are getting very active right now. One of the largest I have caught. Used a yum worm and light action rod.
Mike Slepesky, Recreational Angler
- Adingdon, MD
- Total Reports: 6
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Casting Lines and Ballots on Election Day
Location: Local Community Pond
I went fishing today, 11/4/14, during election day. I fished at three different ponds, all in the same development, from 11 AM- 2 PM. It was perfect out for November, overcast and 65 degrees. I had never fished these ponds before, so to cover water quickly, and see what fish were in here and biting, I used a Joe Flies spinner, with a silver blade. I caught a few small bass, up to 12 inches, and at least knew I was onto something. Attached are some of the mid sized fish and one trophy. The biggest fish tipped off where it was earlier in the day by chasing baitfish toward the shoreline. Most bass are aggressively feeding right now to stock up for winter, thus giving me about two weeks left of good fishing. I cast the spinner past a tree that was against the shoreline and while reeling in felt a nice tug, the rest is history. Of course the hook came out quite easily once I had the fish on shore, proving how close it could have came to coming off while reeling in. The fish was from my fingertip to my elbow, which I measured when I got home, and that was 21 inches. Estimated weight of fish was 5-6 pounds. Cant wait to go back again before things quiet down for the winter.
Josh White, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 3
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North Branch Election Day
Location: Northe Branch
I headed out to the North Branch after voting, and I fished a couple different sections of the catch and release water and the put and take water around Barnum with a good friend. A couple caddis flying around and some small blue winged olives in the afternoon, but most our fish came on indicator rigs. The catching was a little on the slow side, but the weather conditions were really nice, and the water was low and managable to wade (well as managable as the North Branch gets). Here was the fish of the day, a 20 inch male rainbow that ate a golden stonefly nymph. Great fight and a good looking healthy fish!!! He was released to give someone else a tug soon.
Nicholas Pirchio, Youth Angler
- Owings, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Trout for Dinner
Location: Calvert County Pond
Nicholas of Owings and his Grand Pop of Annapolis caught 4 rainbows and 1 golden rainbow trout in a Calvert County Pond, using trout dough balled on a hook. The other 4 fish pictured were given to the fishing duo by another angler at the pond. The trout ranged in size from 11 to 14 inches. All of the fish were cleaned, grilled, and consumed that evening.
DNR note: Sounds like you had a great fish fry! Nicholas and his Grand Pop were legal in accepting the fish from another angler but DNR would like to remind anglers that once they catch their creel limit they should not continue fishing, even if they give what they catch away, you will get a ticket.
Dick Richards, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Rocky Gorge Mix
Location: Rocky Gorge
Here is a photo of my son Jack and me after a great day of fishing at Rocky Gorge on October 30, 2014. The bass was 5lb 9oz and was 22". The bluegill was 1lb 5oz and was 12.5". The catfish was delicious!
Alfredo Trinidad, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Nice Patuxent Stiper
Location: NAS Patuxent River
This 35" inch striper was caught 31 October at 8:45 pm at NAS Patuxent River, Goose Creek. Used 2/0 wide gap, 20 lb test on 10 ft Tundra. LY/blood worm sandwich. Caught from shore. High tide peak. Water was pretty calm. 8 other striper were caught from that spot between 7:30 pm to 9pm by others using LY and bloodworm. Sizes ranged from 26 to 18 inches.
Drew Metzler, Recreational Angler
- Central Alabama
- Total Reports: 1
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Western Maryland Rainbows
Location: North Branch Catch & Release
Visited family this past week and found time to make trips to the North Branch Catch & Release area on Thursday and Friday. Both days were overcast and cool but did not negatively impact the fishing. Caught numerous trout on in-line spinners including these two nice rainbows!
David Redden, Recreational Angler
- St. Leonard, MD
- Total Reports: 18
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New Personal Best
Location: Prince Frederick Pond
I took the opportunity this morning to head to a local pond in the Prince Frederick area. With the pretty cool temperatures, and the winds from the north, I wasn't having much luck until I switched over to a swimbait. I was able to get a few smaller ones with it. After a little bit I switched locations as well as to a crankbait. On the second or third cast into deep water I hooked up with this guy. I got him to shore and was amazed at how big he was. He came in at 20 inches and probably quite a few pounds. (I don't have a scale.) After a couple of photos I released him back into the water. I just hope we meet again.