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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to All information is optional, but encouraged.

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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. Ivan R. Cohen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Ivan R. Cohen →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

My Largest Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Caught this largemouth bass at Loch Raven Reservoir. I estimate it was between 6 & 7 pounds. I was using a 5'6 light action ugly stix with a spinning reel and 10lb test. The lure I was using was a green yum worm. This was the largest bass I have caught in the reservoir. Safely released.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
  4. View all reports by Justin Johnson →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

Bass Fishing at New Germany

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: New Germany State Park

No I'm not at Lost Lake but in still catching bass with my Dad.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Ryley McCardell →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

50 Diamond Jim Fish Tagged

Type: Chesapeake
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Ryley had the privilege of participating in the DNR Diamond Jim tagging program with other Maryland Youth Fishing Club members. They fished the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Never Enuff Charter Boat. Today they tagged their quota of 50 Striped Bass! They also caught many undersized fish amd even got to keep a few for home! It was a tough day as Bluefish continually stole bait but the kids managed to even the score by putting over 40 Bluefish in the boat. Ryley didn't catch the biggest today but he managed to catch the most unique, a "humpback" striped bass was successfully caught, tagged and released. They caught all those fish and were back to the dock by 1:00 pm! Thanks Department of Natural Resources!

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging

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

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

More Entries in the MD Fishing Challenge

Location: Chesapeake Bay and Ocean City

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

  • Henry Foltz caught a 44 inch Striped Bass in the Bay.
  • Craig Powell caught and released this 120 inch Blue Marlin at Washington Canyon on 8/3/2014.

Tags: Striped Bass, Blue Marlin

  1. Mike Roney, Recreational Angler
  2. Crownsville
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Mike Roney →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

Beautiful Smallmouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River at Daniels

This beautiful specimen of Smallmouth Bass is my personal record from the Patapsco on a fly rod. At 13" and a very healthy 1.5 - 2.0 lbs., it inhaled a bead head crystal booger and was released unharmed. Fought like a champ and made my day!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

  1. Harry Covely, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Harry Covely →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

Everyone Caught a Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Love Point, Rock Hall

Charlie Schafer was trolling off Rock Hall and caught this 27 inch rockfish.

Donna Covely caught this 40 inch rockfish at Love Point.

Harry Covely caught this 28 inch rockfish at Love Point.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Chris King, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Chris King →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

First Confirmed Patapsco Blue Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Caught this Blue Catfish in Ferry Bar Park in the Patapsco River. It was approximatly 28 inches. We kept the fish and ate it!!! Fish and Game were out checking their baby fish that were released the last couple of years and got off the boat and checked and verified that it was a Blue Catfish.

DNR Response: Thank you for reporting your catch, it's one of the first confirmed Blue Catfish caught in the Patapsco River. As a reminder, DNR is asking the public to remove (kill) any Blue Catfish they may catch in Maryland waters, this fish is an invasive species.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

C&O Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: C&O Canal

I went fishing at Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal north of Great Falls Maryland for Largemouth Bass. I fished plastic worms and had some success by walking almost all the way down to Great Falls Maryland. There are a lot of weeds in the canal making fishing difficult but the bass are there. Did not catch any big fish but 3 small bass. I talked to a bicycle patrol man who told me the canal does have snakeheads. He said to keep these fish if one is caught.

Fishing is slow overall for bass but if you have patience and are willing to walk a bit some fish can be caught. Maybe by fall the weeds will disappear making fishing easier. I went to Violette's Lock afterwards but caught no fish and talked to a hiker who said the fishing was not as consistent there as Swain's Lock due to changes in water levels. Tight lines.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 32
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Mattawomen Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawomen Creek

I caught this snakehead in Mattawomen Creek on July 31st, it hit a top water rico plug.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
  3. View all reports by Nathan Williams →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Are Out Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Deale, MD

On July 31st Nathan went fishing aboard Never E-Nuff charters with Captain Shawn Pruitt out of Deale, MD to tag fish for the “Diamond Jim” fishing challenge. We caught and tagged 50 rockfish for the contest . We also caught a lot of Bluefish and even more rockfish. Captain Shawn and his first mate Steve made the trip really fun and exciting. The marine biologists from DNR on board were also very nice and answered all of our questions. Nathan can’t wait to go fishing on Never E-Nuff again. Thanks!

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish

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