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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.

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. John Moritz, Recreational Angler
  2. Dover, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by John Moritz →

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Taylors Island Drum

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Taylors Island Family campground

Red Drum caught by John Moritz of Dover, PA on August 9, 2014 in front of Taylors Island Family campground, Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Red Drum

  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by David Redden →

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Is My White Perch Wearing Lipstick?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Nans Cove

I took the opportunity this afternoon to take the kayak out at Nan's Cove on the Patuxent River. I ended up catching a half dozen White Perch and a couple of croakers. The last perch I caught looked a little strange. I figure he's been feeding on something. Any ideas what? Or is it something else?

DNR Response: Based on the pictures, it looks like hemorrhage and inflammation (reddening) around the mouth and nares. There may be a touch by the eyes as well. It may have been caught and released recently. In warm water, the area around the mouth can get red from inflammation after being caught, if the fish survives long enough. It can take hours or longer for the inflammation to develop.

Tags: White Perch, Croaker

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by Wayne Young →

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Sharps Island Blues

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Sharps Island Flats

We chased fish at various locations on the flats. After catching some small blues and stripers, we found some violently breaking large bluefish that gave us non-stop action for about an hour. My catch was 6 bluefish (several kept), five in the 3-4 lb/20-22" range, plus 3 large blues that broke off just short of the boat. I also landed 5 striper schoolies, two keepers (18" and 20.5"). I had my best luck throwing a 5" silver and black popper on a short wire leader at the big blues. They were also hitting other lures as well. Everyone but the fish thought my popper was too big for the bait that the rocks are feeding on, but I was also going for big fish, and it caught the blues and my keeper rocks (the releases were on a Yo Zuri fire tiger floating crystal minnow and a small hotrodded white jighead with a small hotrodded yellow bass assassin trailer)! The hard surface bluefish strikes on the popper were like bombshells going off. Overall, we had 7 keeper schoolies for 5 fishers and 10 or so blues that we kept with many releases.

Tags: Bluefish, Striped Bass

  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

More Fishing Challenge Entries

Type: All
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now enterd into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Brian Scearce caught and released this 40 inch Red Drum at Solomon's island.
  • Matthew Foltz caught this 47 inch Striped Bass in the Bay.
  • Harvey Armstrong caught this 24 inch Largemouth Bass at NAS Patuxent River, MD
  • John Evans III caught this 25.25 inch Summer Flounder offshore on an Ocean Reef.
  • Brandi Paquette caught this 44 inch Blue Catfish in the Potomac.
  • Tags: Red Drum, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Summer Flounder, Blue Catfish

  1. Ryan Altenburg, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Ryan Altenburg →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Big Black Drum While Kayak Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

Went out to the bay bridge launching from Sandy Point in my kayak on August 11, 2014. I was targeting Striped Bass using live White Perch and Spot for bait and also jigging BKDs. Wasn't having any luck on stripers, but 2 hours into my morning I set the hook into a catch of a lifetime. After a 30 minute battle on light tackle, this 48"+ Black Drum surfaced.

Tags: Black Drum

  1. Phil Monteau, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Phil Monteau →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Linganore Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Linganore

My dad, Ron Monteau with two 4lb Largemouth Bass out of Lake Linganore in Frederick MD. Using Gary Yamato kreature baits, in the morning of 8/10 around 8am.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by David Redden →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing in Nans Cove

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Nan's Cave

While not officially the last day of summer, for me August 12th kind of is since teachers report back to CCPS tomorrow morning. That being said I had to get a little more fishing in. With the windy conditions this morning I decided to stay inside on Nan's Cove instead of heading out into the main part of the river. I was casting a 1/4 oz spoon towards the shoreline and having good luck reeling in a few White Perch. One of my casts sank a little deeper, due to my need of turning the kayak, and as I began to reel I hooked into this nice channel cat. Nice fight!

Tags: Channel Catfish, White Perch

  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
  4. View all reports by Jim Livingston →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Large Crab

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River

Jim went crabbing with his grandson Aiden on 08/09/2014. They caught this 8 1/2 crab.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Scott Sewell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Scott Sewell →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope Creek

I caught this 6 lb Northern Snakehead while bass fishing on the Marshyhope Creek on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He bit a Booyah, 1/2 oz spinnerbait. Upon checking the contents of his stomach this Bluegill & White Perch were found.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Bluegill, White Perch

  1. Micki Heineken, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Micki Heineken →

Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

27 Inch Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Thomas Point Lighthouse

How: Trolling tandem Bucktails
Size 27 inches
When 8/9/2014
Where Just south of the Thomas Point Lighthouse 35 feet
Conditions Overcast, no wind
This fish with another 24 inch fish caught earlier. Husband, Jeff Heineken, has successfully put her on fish all year.

Tags: Striped Bass

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