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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 59
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Small Lakes Remain Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Mason Dixon Region Lakes

With lake and pond water levels high and even flooding into shallow areas, bass and panfishing remains a good bet for a close-to-home, evening trip at local park and community lakes in the Mason Dixon region. Pole-and line efforts with fixed line and small hooks, jigs and bobbers can get you in the game and is great to get kids started. Expect a bonus bass or channel cat to show up once in a while. Early and late day ventures make it easier on the body as well. Shellcrackers and crappie also sweeten the mix.

Tags: redear sunfish, bluegill, crappie

  1. Adam Colvin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Cove Point Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Cove Point

I caught and killed and ate this northern snakehead in Cove Point, MD on July 7, 2015. It was 30 inches and caught on a five inch pumpkin and chartreuse senko.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Atkisson Dam Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Atkisson Dam

We fished Atkisson Dam for about 2.5 hours using live minnows. We caught about 20 fish (largemouth, smallmouth, fall fish, bluegills and one eel)

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, fallfish, bluegill, eel

  1. Tony Butters, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Strange Looking Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

I caught this catfish while fishing on the Patuxent River. It had several open area that looked like sores and I don't know if it is a disease or if they came from fighting. The areas were around the mouth, back of the head and near the tail. He fought well and didn't seem lethargic, but I did not eat it.

DNR Response: It is a channel catfish. These kinds of sores are not unexpected this time of year because higher water temperatures help promote bacterial growth on fish if they get a superficial wound. In the case of many catfish species, they are often found around woody debris in the water or along shorelines at some point. Any scratch or wound that doesn't heal immediately can develop bacterial growth that results in unsightly sores. Once the water starts cooling down towards fall, we see fewer cases like this.

Tags: channel catfish

  1. Nathan Newberry, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope

Wanted to report a snakehead caught 7-9-15 on the Marshyhope within site of the county ramp at Federalsburg. Approx 25"and 6 lbs and appeared to be loaded with eggs.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Rick Norris, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Report July 4th Weekend

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

Here are a few nice bass caught on Friday and Sunday of July 4th weekend. One was 18-1/2", and the other two were 19" each respectively. One of the 19" was caught on a Rapala DT-6 Crankbait. Other two were caught on Berkley Gulp 7" Turtleback Worms. Pretty cool birthmark on one of the 19".

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Rose Abido, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

White-ish Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Wilde Lake

I went to Wilde Lake around 11:00 today and caught this white-ish gray largemouth. It has a pink hue as well. It was about 12 inches long. DNR, is this a Hybrid?

DNR Response: There are some largemouth x florida bass hybrids, but not many at all and it's pretty tough to tell them apart from pure strain largemouth bass. Color isn't something that can be used to really identify a hybrid. The boldness of the color pattern is pretty variable naturally, sometimes depending on the clarity of the water or perhaps time of year. I think it's just a naturally lightly colored largemouth.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Kevin Christy, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

O.C. Oyster Toadfish

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Route 90 Bridge

Hi, any idea what this ugly fish is. I caught this under the route 90 bridge in OC Monday.

DNR Response: You caught an oyster toadfish. The oyster toadfish is an unusually shaped, large-headed fish that generally lives along oyster reefs and vegetated muddy bottoms.

Tags: oyster toadfish

  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

Perch Rivaled the Croaker in Size

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Wicomico River Tributary

Fished a Wicomico River Tributary around 6:00 am on 7/7/2015 form the shore. Used a short spreader rig with hooks attached directly to the wire arms, no mono. Perch were gathered along a retaining wall and all that was needed was a simple drop and a jig instead of casting. Many of the jumbo perch that were caught were larger than the croaker. Largest perch was 12 inches. Also caught one spot. Fresh blood worm was used for bait.

Tags: croaker, white perch

  1. Sheldon Flood, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

Ft. Smallwood Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Ft. Smallwood State Park

Ft. Smallwood State Park stingray…nice fight on a little fish.

Tags: stingray

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