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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.

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. Davey Nelson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Matapeake Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Matapeake Pier

This salt water eel was caught around 3am on 6/30 at the Matapeake Pier on Kent Island. It came in just under 24 inches. Would this be an American eel?

It definitely not what I was targeting or expecting. I was using cut blue crab on a pretty big circle hook. This guy fought hard. I was surprised. My first eel.

My friend caught two catfish, this is the larger one coming in at 26 inches. We gave them away.

DNR Response: Yes, that is an American Eel.

Tags: American Eel, Channel Catfish

  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Sweetwater White Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Many of us in Maryland know the cousin of the Striped Bass from fishing in the salty waters of the bay and its tributaries. However, this delicious little fish also does very well in freshwater lakes. Pat the Cat Baseler and myself had a great time catching them in Liberty Reservoir. Please note that the Baltimore reservoirs are specially regulated, so you may have to find a friend with a permit to enjoy this type of fishing. During the warm months the perch form large schools 15 to 20 feet down in various and sometimes not evident parts of the lake. We find and catch them by trolling self-made inline spinners with a #4 baitholder hook tipped with a piece of night crawler. When trolling any type of spinning bait, one should use high quality ball bearing swivels or you will end up with a tangled mess. The perch seem to be more numerous in Prettyboy Reservoir, however the average size is larger in Liberty with many 12 inch class available.

Tags: White Perch

  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 3, 2014 | Permalink

Hot, Humid and No Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Leonardtown Wharf

Skylar went fishing yesterday at Leonardtown Wharf. We went at lunch time and it was hot, hazy, humid, and not a fish to be found in Leonardtown. She did catch one curious crab.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Terry Boone, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 3, 2014 | Permalink

2 Dozen Crabs

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Crab Alley

Went crabbing this past Sunday. Very slow going. Was in Crab Alley at about 6 am, ran 27 collapsible pots, left at noon with only 2 dozen. Those were a nice 2 dozen of #1 males, very heavy and oh so tasty.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on July 3, 2014 | Permalink

Catch and Release Bass

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Old Town

Launched the kayak just south of Old Town Alexandria and hooked into two nice sized largemouth. As always, catch and release.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on July 3, 2014 | Permalink

First and Only Hit

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Wilde Lake

16 inch Wilde Lake bass. Night time hit. First cast, of course that was also the only hit.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 30
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Posted on July 1, 2014 | Permalink

Drop Shotting for Trophy Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

As summer wears on and the shoreline activity moves deeper we have been using the drop-shot method for catching big post-spawn bluegills and hybrid sunfish with live night crawlers and mealworms . We use a 1/4 oz sinker at the bottom and tie a #4 Aberdeen wire hook about 30 inches above it and 'stroll' the rig through deeper weed areas for these deeper giants. My son and I highlighted this tactic at a Bass Pro seminar back in March, and now is the time to utilize it.

Our fish pictured here ran from 1 1/4 pounds to 1 pound 14 ounces and measured from 10 3/4 to 12 1/2 inches. My son Matt and I got them at a central Maryland pond and released these trophies to get bigger. It was the first time I have ever caught three sunfish in a single outing that exceeded the 12 inch mark.

Tags: Bluegill, Hybrid Sunfish

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on July 1, 2014 | Permalink

Sunset Striper Action

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gravelly Point

This past Saturday will go down as one of the epic fishing days of 2014. With an incoming tide and wind helping it along, conditions set up perfectly for a striper bite at sunset. I launched from Gravelly Point around 6:30 PM. First I spent a little time fishing for Largemouth Bass. I caught one 13 incher and also my first gar (pictured). They were caught near the surface in shallow water with a jerk bait and crank bait.

Around 8 PM, I moved to deeper water and turned my attention to the bottom third of the water column. Striper tend to prefer longer profile baits, so I tied on a deep running stick bait to see if I could find any. I got a few strikes in the first 30 minutes but did not catch any fish; I lost one striper near the boat so I knew they were there. Then around 8:30 just before sunset, the bite turned on. For the next hour, it was complete striper mania. 3 out of 4 casts resulted in a fish. By 9:30, the bite was still on, but I was worn out so I decided to head home. In one hour, I had caught 11 striper and lost 4. Most were 20-22" but the smallest was 19" and the largest was 25". It took more time to unhook the fish and snap a photo, than to get hooked up. All fish were released, but unfortunately, one did not survive.

Tags: Striped Bass, Gar, Largemouth Bass

  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Another Successful Trip

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Branch Marina

Double bottom rig with nightcrawlers seem to work the best right at high tide. 3-4 perch 6.5-8 inches and a catfish that was 14 inches not sure on weight but the catfish put up a good fight.

Tags: White Perch, Catfish

  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on June 30, 2014 | Permalink


Type: Tidal

What did I catch?

DNR Response: That is a Pipefish which is a close relative to the seahorse. We have two species of pipefishes in the Chesapeake; the Dusky Pipefish and the Northern Pipefish which are very similar in appearance. The Northern Pipefish is the more common and widespread of the two species.

Tags: Pipefish

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