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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. James Johnson, Fisheries Intern
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Sampling for Brook Trout with DNR

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Various Streams

As of this summer I have had the privilege of working under Alan Heft and Matt Sell at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory based in Frostburg, MD. Being an avid angler from early childhood, the experience to work with these two on their western Maryland brook trout population sampling research has been an incredible experience already in the short two weeks that I have held the position. Thus far we have completed a qualitative sample of one restoration site, and quantitative samples at two other area runs. As previously stated, I have fished my entire life and have even fished some of the areas that we have and will sample. However, nothing has been more eye opening to the abundance of aquatic life than experiencing first-hand an electrofishing site sample. I was stunned to find sixty or so brook trout in a stretch of stream merely seventy-five meters in length. Keep in mind that these streams, for the most part, are only inches deep at parts and around two meters wide. Nothing is more fun than netting a 9-10 inch brook trout out of a stream so small. I am definitely looking forward to some of the larger sampling sites, as I’ve heard that it wouldn’t be uncommon to net over 100 brook trout in the first pass alone.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Top Water Action

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Cameron Run

I hit Cameron Run and was able to hook into a little top water action. Tuglife.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Michael A. Rucker, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Snakeheads in Chicamacomico River

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

I caught and killed these 2 snakeheads on Saturday, June 13 in the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County. I launched my boat at the New Bridge RD boat ramp just below Salem and caught them within a mile or so south of the bridge. The first fish was approximately 20 to 22 inches and the second was approximately 16 inches.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Young Mans Dedication to Fishing has taken him to New Levels

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Waiting patiently for fish to bite from the shore, when that strike happens it's a rewarding accomplishment for a young angler. This young man's dedication to fishing has taken fishing to new levels recently on the upper Chesapeake. Steve has been invited to join two youth anglers clubs, he has been featured in the Woods & Water column of the local news paper. Steve has managed to hop aboard some of the fastest bass boats with some very talented anglers fishing in tournaments in recent weeks - from amateur and college anglers to a professional angler. Meeting anglers of all levels highlights Steve's day. Learning new techniques and strategies have created excitement of an all new level.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Another Great Day on Lake Allen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

Another great day of Big Bass at Lake Allen, all caught on plastics and released. I caught 8 before noon - all hogs.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Morgan Macallair, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Youth Kayak Fishing Success

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Cypress Creek

Morgan Macallair caught this nice pickerel in Cypress Creek while Kayak fishing for the first time with her Dad and brother. During the battle the fish dragged her kayak down the creek while the neighbor (in the background) cheered her on!

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Robert Oyaski, Recreational Angler
  2. Lusby
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Bow Hunting Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Spillway Across from Lake Lariat

Hi there I'm a 23 year old up and coming bow fisher. This huge 34 inch, 11lb snakehead met his demise today 6/15/2015 at 6:45 pm. The rain had just stopped for a bit so I figured I'd go give it a shot. I headed to the spillway across from Lake Lariat in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates of Lusby, Maryland. I walked around the small pond to see if I could see anything and I saw this monster but didn't have my bow and spooked it off, normally you get once chance. I went and grabbed my bow out of the car and came back to the spot I originally saw him, he was about three feet to the left. I drew my bow took a deep breath and released. That's when I saw the fish with my arrow in him jump out of the water, I knew I had a great fish on. I killed it according to law and am taking him tomorrow to get my citation!! Great way to end a miserable day.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Joppatowne on Fire

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Joppatowne

Joppatowne was on fire 6/14. I took my son out with me and out of the 34 fish we caught he caught 25 to Daddy's 9! The biggest fish was an 18" channel catfish that he reeled in by himself (proud Dad moment). Here is a list of our catch; 2 white perch, 15 pumpkinseeds, 9 blue gill, 1 yellow cat, 1 chain pickerel , 1 channel catfish, 4 yellow perch.

DNR Comment: The yellow colored catfish is also a channel catfish. The gold color can often be regional or genetic.

Tags: white perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, chain pickerel, channel catfish, yellow perch


  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Plenty of Croakers

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tributary off of St. Clements Bay

Date: 6/15/2015

Time: 6:30 am - 1:00 pm

Place: Tributary off of St. Clements Bay

Fish type: Croakers O-Plenty. Also caught several large white perch just pulling in-line spinners in the shadows along pier edge.

Bait: Primarily bloodworm and night crawler.

Tags: croaker, white perch


  1. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Another Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Attached is a picture of another snakehead that I caught in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. This one was 16 inches long.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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