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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. Chris, Recreational Angler
  2. Glen Burnie
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Conowingo Flathead

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam

As a thank you to some help from DNR, thank you Paul, Paul, Keith and Butch, I am sending this report from May 3, 2015. Managed to land one 30 inch 20# flathead catfish at Conowingo Dam by throwing a 2 oz jig with a 5" twister tail. This was one of three hooked and the other two were lost when the line frayed on the rocks. Unbelievable aggression and power when hooked, that has to be experienced to be appreciated.

Tags: flathead catfish


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 73
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Broadford Lake Panfishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Broadford Lake

The bluegill and black crappie bite is on at Broadford Lake in Garrett County! I used a 9 foot, 4 weight fly rod with an elk-hair caddis as an indicator fly and a bead-head caddis larva as the dropper - and had great fishing. The crappies are in very shallow water under overhanging bank vegetation, and you had to “swim” the dropper fly to get a strike. Although my biggest crappie – a 12 incher – did take the dry fly. The bluegills are found in a bit deeper water, about 6 foot depths, and took both the dropper and the dry. Kept enough for a long-overdue fish fry and released the rest. Broadford Lake is a great place to take kids fishing, and is managed by the town of Oakland.

Tags: bluegill, black crappie


  1. Christopher Marmolejo, Recreational Angler
  2. El Paso, TX
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Severn River Striper

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: US Naval Academy

My dad and I caught this striper from the seawall on Hospital Point at the United States Naval Academy. Biggest striper off the seawall! We used Offshore Angler XPS Saltwater Sally Swimbaits on a 3/8 ounce jighead.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Heath Leuschel, Recreational Angler
  2. North East
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Turkey Point

I caught this 30" striped bass jigging Bass Assassins at Turkey Point on Sunday May 3rd, in the Catch and Release zone at about a depth of 11-12 feet. He put up a good fight for his size!

Tags: striped bass


  1. Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Great Fishing Day at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

My son Neil Villanueva and his friend Brandon Collins and I spent a beautiful Sunday fishing at Loch Raven. We caught well over 20 pickerel, some of which we were unable to land because we didn't use leaders, and their razor teeth made quick work of our monofilament. We also caught many Yellow Perch and Bluegills and Crappie that measured up to almost 14 inches ! We can't wait to get out there again !

Tags: chain pockerel, yellow perch, bluegill, carppie


  1. John Bartlinski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Good Activity at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I went out to Loch Raven on the boat on Sunday. Beautiful day with good activity from about 6:00 - 11:30 a.m. Could have used a little cloud cover and a breeze. A good day though. A 5 pounder and a 4.5 pounder were the biggest.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

First Striper of the Season

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point Lighthouse

Matthew was fishing on his Dad's boat when he caught his first rockfish of the season.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Piney Park Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

I managed to get out and see if I could catch me some trophy bluegill or crappie down at Piney Run Park. Managed to find the bluegill but the crappie were finicky. Used Trout Magnet jig head tipped with a piece of Nightcrawler to catch a slew of them. Pictures below is one of the better ones. Measured in at 10 inches!

Tags: Bluegill


  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Disturbing the Neighbor

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Bell Creek

Just checking in from the Salisbury area where I had a nice opportunity to spend some time fishing in Bell Creek, which runs through the Pemberton Historical Park. This past weekend I spent about 2 hours each morning casting small 1/16 to 1/32 oz jig head with a Crème tube. I didn't have any one color that did any better than the others since they each worked well. Each morning I'd catch 6 - 8 nice bluegills and crappie. I was making my cast along the shoreline, give the reel a couple of cranks and that's when they would hit. These panfish fish give a nice little fight. I even hooked into my first catfish of the year, a smaller guy or girl, probably about 14 inches or so. On the last day I was in town, I noticed that I was hearing a lot of noise up the creek. Something would go into the water and then surface about 100 ft away. I turned to look and I spotted a pretty sizable otter just staring at me. In fact a couple of times he even snorted in derision at me. My photo isn't the greatest, but it was really neat seeing him in the "true" wild.

Tags: bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, otter


  1. James Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Catfishing on the Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac at Point of Rocks

My Son Dalton and I went fishing off the shore of the Potomac River Saturday night at Point of Rocks. Dalton caught this 31 inch Channel Catfish and four smaller Channel Cats.

Tags: channel catfish

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