Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
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.
Dave Smith, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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iFishMD.com Charters with a MFC Youth Winner
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Maryland Fishing Challenge Youth Winner and a few friends had a great day of fishing with iFishMD.com Charters today. Everyone caught fish with the largest being 30+.
Jim Dorn, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 13
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Weekend Fishing in OC
Location: Ocean City Inlet
My two friends and I took a trip down to Ocean City right off the inlet on the fishing pier. We fished Friday, Saturday and a couple hours Sunday. Before we left on Sunday we ended up catching a bunch of Skate in the mornings into the night the dogfish started to hit hard left and right, my biggest was 36 inches. It seemed that that was the only things bitting although we did see a couple people catching Tautog along the rocks.
Steve Doctor, Fisheries Biologist
- Ocean City, MD
- Total Reports: 15
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Head Offshore for Black Sea Bass
Location: Ocean City
It’s time to head offshore and catch Black Sea Bass. They are deep, around a hundred foot or more so a run of about 25 to 35 miles is in order to catch them. Fishing has been outstanding with nice sized fish. My preference is to go on a head boat but you could go on a smaller boat if: you don’t mind getting beat up, like to set and pull anchors, or want to see if that survival suit really works. I am hoping it stays warm and we get sea bass through Thanksgiving and well towards Christmas.
There are also some tog inshore, plenty actually. There are a lot of smalls, but you have to have acorns to get oaks. There are also lots of lobsters in the area where we are sea bass fishing. One head boat actually landed two big lobsters on hook and line this weekend.
Nicole Turner, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Fish On For These Two
Region: Upper Bay
Location: North of Bay Bridge
John and Nikkee had a great day on the bay 11/16/13. They caught a 50 inch, 42.2lbs Striped Bass on a white umbrella rig! 32oz of weight 9" shad just north of the Bay Bridge on the Eastern side.
This was one very fine BIG fish!!! So happy to share with our fellow anglers and very excited that this is just the beginning of trophy season! They're here!!!!! Fish On!
Aron Weiner, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 19
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Caught 2 Great Fish
Wow!!! Great day fishing Sunday with Mike Peters and Chris Meachum. Only two fish all day, both firsts for me, and now I've got some difficult personal bests to match. Both fish released very healthy. Musky went 37 inches/13.5 pounds and the Walleye was 24.5 inches/6.4lbs looked stuffed with eggs.
Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
- Finzel / Frostburg MD
- Total Reports: 7
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Do Female Trout Reproduce in the Wild?
Location: Western MD Streams
The nice weather on Saturday allowed us one more stream fishing trip in western Maryland. Me and Dad both did pretty good for trout but I ended up catching the two largest. One was a 17 inch Golden Trout it was a male and had a hooked jaw. The other was a 17 inch Rainbow Trout that was a female and was loaded with eggs. Dad said that he didn’t think the female would be able to reproduce in the wild streams because it was a stocked trout and the stream conditions are not good for Rainbow Trout reproduction. Could you tell me if Dad was right on this?
DNR Response: Your Dad is right again. Rainbow Trout do not reproduce well anywhere in Maryland for multiple reasons. Hatchery trout often have eggs in the fall but do not successfully spawn because they are semi-domesticated and don’t have the correct instincts or behaviors. Stream conditions in most of our put and take streams are not good enough for successful trout reproduction, due to too much sediment and water temperatures that are too warm during the summer months.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 16
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Local Freshwater Action
Location: Local Ponds
Just thought to drop a line with a few pics from recent November catches to the 10th of the month. Pond action remains good, despite 48 to 50 degree water temperatures, as bass, Bluegills, catfish and Hybrid Sunfish are all co-operative. Worms on 1/64th oz. jigs for the panfish and Rat-L-Traps for the bass. The big Hybrid Sunfish took whole garden worms on a drop-shot rig in 8-10 feet of water. Bass to 21 inches, Bluegills to 10.5 inches, Pumpkinseeds to 10 inches, hybrids to 12 inches and channel cats to 30 inches…all released.
Photos show trophy hybrid sunfish at 1 lb 7.5 oz and 1 lb. 9.5 oz., a 10-inch pumpkinseed sunfish at 14.5 oz. and a 21 inch largemouth…outstanding fish for November!
Hanna Lewis, Youth Angler
- Churchville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Nice Bass for this Girl
Location: Churchville Pond
Here is a photo of Hanna holding her 5 1/2 pound bass that she caught in a pond of Churchville Road this summer 2013. Hanna is 9 years old and lives in Churchville, Maryland. She and her Daddy regularly go fishing together and Hanna loves doing everything by herself. This coming summer she is going to learn to fly fish with her Daddy as well!
Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 6
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Family Fishing in November
Location: Private Pond in Huntingtown
Nathan went fishing on Sunday 11/10 at a local private pond in Huntingtown, MD. The temperature was very mild so we decided to target crappie by running a small tube behind a bobber. No luck, so Nathan switched to a bobber, small split shot, and night crawlers and caught a few Bluegills and sunfish. He worked on his casting and enjoyed the great mid November weather with his family fishing.