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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. Derek Douglas, Recreational Angler
  2. Ellicott City, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 28, 2014 | Permalink

3 Nice Bass at Dickerson

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

Today myself, Derek Douglas from Ellicott City, MD, and my friend Michael Pietak from Manassas, VA, fished the warm water discharge at the Dickerson Conservation Park. We hiked to the open area that is closest to the actual discharge. Although the trails seemed to dry out throughout the course of the day, they are muddy and very slippery, boots are recommended! Mike took a spill coming down the trail from the parking lot (which was hilarious). We caught three beautiful fish over the course of a few hours in the afternoon, and activity seems to be really picking up down there (insects, minnows, etc). Two largemouth were caught and released, as well as a smallmouth caught and released. One largemouth was caught on a long stickbait, one on a texas rig, and the smallmouth was caught on a plastic shad. The water is full of logs and as such, is VERY prone to snagging anything you throw out there. There was a lot of garbage (bottles, worm containers, plastic, etc.), please carry out what you bring so we can keep our river and park clean and healthy!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass


  1. Dave Beauchamp, Recreational Angler
  2. Rockville
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 28, 2014 | Permalink

Bass Active on the Potomac at Dickerson

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

On Saturday, March 22, I went to the Dickerson warm water discharge with my dad for a few hours. We fished from shore, the waders were mainly for the mud. We caught four nice smallmouth, the biggest being a 3 pounder. They hit a variety of lures from spinnerbaits to crankbaits. They hit hard for about an hour and a half and then the bite turned off.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Timothy Cochran, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 28, 2014 | Permalink

Caroline County Crappie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Smithville Pond

I caught this nice 16 inch crappie on a bumble bee jig tipped with a small minnow. Weighed out at 2 lb 10 oz. with a 16 1/8 inch girth.

Tags: Crappie


  1. Andre Sturkey, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 25, 2014 | Permalink

Patterson Park Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patterson Park

This fish was caught out of a Patterson Park on 3/22.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 25, 2014 | Permalink

First Bass of the Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Fish-In Barrel

I caught my first bass of the year from Fish-In Barrel, a fee fishing pond in Whitehall, MD.

Tags: Largmeouth Bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on March 25, 2014 | Permalink

Bass on Rattle Baits

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

I caught these nice largemouths on 1/4 ounce Rat-L-Traps at a local pond on March 21. The fish were up in the warmer northwest corner of the pond enjoying a 'thermal pulse' of warmer, wind driven surface water that stacked up in the back end of the pond. Some of these fish were caught as shallow as 18 inches. Looking forward to warmer weather!

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Mason Barrick, Youth Angler
  2. Libertyown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 24, 2014 | Permalink

Frederick County 5 Pounder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Frederick County Farm Pond

11 year old Mason caught this 5 pounder at a Frederick County farm pond on a mepps comet. Caught several others too.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Nathan Smith, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on March 24, 2014 | Permalink

Lots of Fish, Few Keepers

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Hillsboro

Nathan had a good day of fishing in Hillsboro. He must have caught at least 30 Yellow Perch and a couple of brim. The keepers however, were few and far between. He kept five keepers to give to his dad for dinner.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Bluegill


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 24, 2014 | Permalink

Exploring Swallow Falls

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Swallow Falls / Yough River

I fished at Swallow Falls on 03-15-14, didn't catch any fish but had a good time exploring.

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  1. Brian McKenzie, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on March 24, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Gunpowder Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lower Gunpowder Falls

I went fishing on Saturday 3/22/14 on the lower Gunpowder Falls near Pulaski Hwy. I was hoping to catch a few Yellow Perch but instead caught this 20" Chain Pickerel. The pickerel was caught using my trusty Rapala minnow lure. No other bites except for this one.

Tags: Chain Pickerel

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