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The Snakehead Contest is being incorporated into an Inland Freshwater Survey on the Volunteer Angler Creel Survey webpage. For 2013 the end-of-year random drawing will include anglers reporting snakeheads to the Anglers Log as well as anglers participating in the Volunteer Angler Creel Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches. The information is helping our biologists better understand how this invasive species increases its range.
Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
- Annadale, VA
- Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 4, 2013 | Permalink
Steady Slow Bite All Day
Region: Middle Bay
Location: South West of Tilghman
Two-person team departed Chesapeake Beach West Marina. Marked fish straight out in 45’ of water, west side. Trolled a spread of 7 lines. Lost 2 on the far back line, 7 colors on my lead core rig, pulling a small green head bucktail with green skirt and yellow trailer tandem at about 25 feet deep. Caught and released one 9 inch rock which hit a green and yellow bucktail back about 80 feet. Moved over to east side SW of the Tilghman Island Reed south of 82. Marked fish and large bait balls in 35-50’. The bait balls were both on the bottom and from the bottom up 25 feet. Caught 4 schoolies – 18, 19, 20, 21”. Six of the 7 hit the same tandem on the lead core. Large area of very red water about a mile south of 82. Looked like an algal bloom. Caught fish under it though. Another boat with 3 anglers spent the day jigging west of Poplar in vicinity of the buoy on the shelf. They got 6 schoolies including one about 24”, 2 Croakers, and 1 Bluefish. It was a steady slow bite all day.
Jimmy Floyd, Recreational Angler
- Great Mills, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Mark Fike, Recreational Angler
- Frostburg, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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This Kid Has Skills!
Location: Lions Park Pond
Attached are pictures of my 10 year old son Ethan holding a 28" 10lb Rainbow Trout that he landed just after daylight at Lions Park Pond, in Frostburg MD on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The trout took a Hildebrandt Fly Spinner being pulled by 6 lb. test line, Ethan was glad he decided to pack the big landing net for this outing. Ethan decided to keep the fish after considering its chances of survival due to warming water temperatures in the pond. Ethan and I took the trout to the Bassin Box in LaVale, MD for verification of size and to register for a citation. Although I’ve taught Ethan quite a bit about fishing, he frequently out fishes me and I am always impressed by his ability to hook up on nice fish… call it luck or skill, the boy has got the knack.
Dechun Feng, Recreational Angler
- Rockville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Location: Potomac River
I caught a 15 inch Smallmouth Bass this Thursday (May 30) in the Potomac River. Also I saw a lot of tiny dark fish in the water, see attached pic. They look like baby Snakeheads like in my hometown in China. I want to know are they really baby Snakeheads?
DNR Response: Dechun, if this photo was taken in the tidal portion of the Potomac River then it is possible those are small Snakehead but it’s impossible to confirm based on the photo.
DNR Follow up by Biologist John Mullican: Based on my knowledge of the river, the small black fry are almost certainly Smallmouth Bass fry. The school looks like it is beginning to disperse and the angler most likely caught the guarding male. The initial spawning activity was disrupted by high water so the bass spawned when the water levels fell to acceptable levels.
Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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First School, Then More Fishing
Region: North Eastern
Location: North East Town Park
12 yr old Steven caught this huge Largemouth Bass with a spinner at the North East Town Park on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. He broke his reel and to make it worse, Mom made him throw it back, then broke his heart and made him stop fishing to go to school.
John Petrella, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Black Hills Largemouth
Location: Black Hills
I caught this 16 incher at Black Hills on 6/01/02 at about 4:40 pm on a crank bait. Markings like a Largemouth but it did not have a very large mouth. Is it possibly a Smallmouth Bass?
DNR Response: John, you caught a Largemouth Bass. The maxilla bone should extend behind the eye. The gape of the mouth may not be so big, though, that gape changes with the size of the bass, but the maxilla bone should most always extend behind the eye.
Zeljko Koretic, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Richard Klein, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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First & Second Fish Ever Caught
Location: Piney Run Reservoir
My 8 year old niece Shanti caught her first ever fish last Saturday (June 1st) at the Bass Pro/Piney Run Youth Panfish Derby. Unfortunately, all she caught were Largemouth Bass which were not part of the panfish derby. Her first fish was a nice little bass and her second was even bigger. Both were caught on nightcrawlers fished using advice from Bass Pro manager John Bell (shown in the first photo) and from his associate Jerry. Of course both bass were immediately returned unharmed to the lake. Many thanks to Bass Pro, DNR, the Piney Run staff and the Carroll County Commissioners.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 32
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Long Range Sea Bass Trip
Location: Offshore Ocean City Maryland
I just returned from a long range Sea Bass trip on the Morning Star headboat out of Ocean City Maryland. We left the dock at about 5:15 AM with good expectations of Sea Bass limits. A 3.5 hour ride took us to a distant reef or wreck. After anchoring, the fishing was slow for me with just one keeper. People on the stern where doing better with a couple of 4 lb plus bass. We picked up anchor and tried another place and this time I caught a couple of keepers. Still the action died off quickly after about 10 minutes. The slow fishing was like this the entire day with a lot of anchoring and re-anchoring to get over different parts of the wreck. Some people did well getting their limit or close to it. Others only got 6-8 fish-just enough for 1 and 1/2 meals. I noticed the guys on the stern where using orange or yellow gulp minnows with a strip of clam. Not sure if this made the difference. Advantage is that if the Sea Bass steal your clam bait the gulp minnows might still get them to bite a second time. I did catch a lot of Sea Bass later in the day, though most where below the 12.5" minimum. Often times I would get double headers of 12.25 inch Sea Bass which had to go back. I even caught fish on a diamond jig but still too small. Many people say this year has not been good for Sea Bass. The captain of the boat talked about his time on the OC Princess and much better fishing many many years ago. Water temperatures at the bottom are very cold. Maybe mid June will be better. I returned to the dock at 5:00 PM after a long slow day with just 6 Sea Bass. I might go another time if the fishing improves in the coming weeks. Tight lines all-keep checking the catch reports to see if the fishing improves.
Leo Osman, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 3
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Hot But Fruitful Day at Cobb Island
Location: Cobb Island
We went out to Cobb Island again, it was very hot about 95 degrees and started out slow but after a while we caught some really big croakers all over 14 inch and some very large white perch. There bitting pretty good on shrimp and blood worms. We caught about 63 croakers and about 25 perchs very good day but very hotttt!