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.
Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Bite Out of Control on the Gunpowder
So the bite is incredibly out of control on the Gunpowder...I took two friends out today and we absolutely hammered the fish...we caught easily over 300 fish between us...bass...crappie...yellow perch...bluegill...the fish are smoking our baits...small jigs under a float are the ticket...every single place we fished held fish...the fish are healthy and fat...the water temp is a measly 38 degrees...and they are biting like piranhas...this has been an exceptional year for all places I've had the opportunity to fish...I love fishing in Maryland!
David Carrodine, Recreational Angler
- Annapolis, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Christopher Phillips, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
- Oakland, Maryland
- Total Reports: 6
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Fishing the Upper Savage
Location: Upper Savage River
I was able to get out to the Upper Savage River for a few hours today (12/17/14). It has been a while since my last trip and decided to fish the Put and Take area to target brook trout. It was a successful trip with one brook trout a little over 10 inches (pictured) as well as other bookies in the 6-8 inch size class. I was also able to land a couple of stocked rainbows with the largest at 13 inches. Nothing spectacular but fun to catch! All fish were caught while nymphing larger pools.
John McMullen, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 5
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Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
- Finzel / Frostburg MD
- Total Reports: 24
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Clear Water, Colorful Trout
Location: Upper Savage River
Took a break from hunting on 12-13-14 and went fishing with Dad to Savage River. We both caught and released 2 very colorful rainbow trouts and missed a couple others. The water has good flow and is clear.
Lisa Hopps, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Eastern Shore Bass
Location: local ponds
Lisa Hopps, disabled fanatic fisherman, caught two bass weighing 6 and 3 lbs. on public eastern shore ponds on 12/11/14. The air and water temperature was 41 degrees with cloudy skies and a slight wind. She used spinnerbaits off the bottom with a large plastic grub.
Connor Morgan, Recreational Angler
- Annandale, VA
- Total Reports: 1
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Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 43
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Posted on December 12, 2014 | Permalink
Big Gills in 38 Degree Water
Location: Local Pond
Had to scale way down to a 1/200th ounce Trout Magnet tipped with a tiny piece of worm for some quality panfish. The largest bluegills were in among submerged primrose stalks along the banks of a local pond. Two day total was 56 in 38 degree water...all on 2 pound test line. Hope to get out a few more times before the new year. Best bluegill was 10.25 inches, all released.
Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
- Towson, MD
- Total Reports: 23
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Posted on December 10, 2014 | Permalink
Two Personal Bests
Location: Loch Raven
While shore fishing for pickerel at Loch Raven late Friday, December 5th in a 40 degree drizzle, I was totally shocked that a lunker largemouth hit my delicate fly spinner in a Micky Finn pattern. When I first saw that big football shape rise to the surface, I knew I was about to try and land a career bass! A hasty measure of his length (21") and girth (17") placed the fish conservatively at 6 pounds, doubling the weight of my previous best bass. I got this quick photo before I released him to grow even bigger for the next lucky angler he'll encounter.
It was only on the way home that I realized I should have been more accurate with my measurement in order to receive a Citation Certificate from the DNR, since that length for a largemouth is 21".
Amazingly, the next day, Saturday, Dec. 6th, again around dusk in a steady rain this time, using the same lure, I did get a hit, a surface strike which I actually saw, from my target species, the chain pickerel. This too looked like it was going to be a career catch. It was indeed my biggest pickerel ever, weighing in at 2.64 pounds and measuring 23 1/2 inches, but just shy of the Citation Certificate length of 24 inches.
I never thought I'd shatter not one but two personal records and two near-citations on a bitter gloomy December weekend. Sure glad I brought the camera!