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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. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by David Redden →

Posted on November 6, 2014 | Permalink

New Personal Best

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Prince Frederick Pond

I took the opportunity this morning to head to a local pond in the Prince Frederick area. With the pretty cool temperatures, and the winds from the north, I wasn't having much luck until I switched over to a swimbait. I was able to get a few smaller ones with it. After a little bit I switched locations as well as to a crankbait. On the second or third cast into deep water I hooked up with this guy. I got him to shore and was amazed at how big he was. He came in at 20 inches and probably quite a few pounds. (I don't have a scale.) After a couple of photos I released him back into the water. I just hope we meet again.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Randy Richie, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
  3. View all reports by Randy Richie →

Posted on November 6, 2014 | Permalink

Good Day at North Point

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: North Point Park

I caught and released 9 stripers, 1 yellow perch, and 1 white perch near North Point Park. The largest was 20.5 inch in length and weighs 4.9 pounds. They were caught on topwaters (Storm chug bug, Yo-zuri 3DB Pencil, Lucky Craft Sammy), and jerkbaits (Yo-zuri Mag Darter and Lucky Craft pointers).

Tags: Striped Bass, Yellow Perch, White Perch

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 47
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Black Seabass Report from OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Ocean
Location: Off Shore

The fall Seabass season offers good fishing. I went out on the Morning Star headboat on 10/31/14 with high expectations for a good catch and I was not disappointed. We left the dock at quarter of 7:00 AM and arrived at our spot about 2 hours later. Fishing for Seabass was good and my best fish of the day was about 3 lbs. Many other fish were caught though the action died off after awhile. I also caught some Bluefish on the clam bait. Often times a Seabass would be on one hook and a Bluefish on the other. The Bluefish are smaller than the big choppers that show up later in the season. If you want to entertain yourself with some Bluefish take along a spinning rod and retrieve a silver spoon. We switched spots and I hooked a big Seabass that spit out the hook just as I was lifting it into the boat. Maybe that fish could have been the pool winner. Caught my limit of 15 Seabass and I kept 3 Bluefish. Missed winning the pool by a couple of ounces. The fall season should last into December.
Tight lines,

Tags: Black Seabass, Bluefish

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 42
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Panfishing Remains Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

We have been having probably the best bluegill action of the year, especially for big fish, in the past two weeks with nearly 300 fish in excess of 9 inches, all but a few released. We kept some for the pan and enjoyed fillets battered and deep fried! Drop-shot rigs and small live earthworms have taken the majority of the fish from several small public and private venues in Central Maryland. Pictured are some of the pumpkinseeds and bluegills we have been catching.

Tags: Sunfish, Panfish, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed

  1. Charles Lyons, Recreational Angler
  2. Easton
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Charlie Bohn's Keeper Rockfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Tred Avon River

Charlie Bohn of Easton landed a 28 inch rockfish and five other keepers at the mouth of the Tred Avon and past the spider buoy on the far side of the Choptank on Oct. 27 using a two ounce, crippled herring, wonder bread colors.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Schenk Brothers, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Fly Fishing for Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Just took a weekend fly fishing trip to the upper Savage River and caught some nice native brook trout. Amazing spot to fly fish.

Tags: Brook Trout

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Invasive Snakehead on Eastern Shore

Type: Tidal
Region: Lower Eastern Shore
Location: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

I took a friend to fish Blackwater Wildlife Refuge today who has never been, we caught rockfish, largemouth and he caught his first snakehead ever. I had heard stories that they have been caught but didn't believe it till I saw it. Heres Tom Dembeck's first snakehead ever.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Kevin Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Striped Bass Report from Susquehanna River

Type: Tidal
Region: Abingdon
Location: Susquehanna River

Linda Rhinehart McKenzie from Abingdon, Maryland was fishing in the Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam on October 30,2014. She caught the striped bass using artificial gulp eels. The fish measured 34 inches and weighed 22lbs. She decided to make a lasting memory and have it preserved by a taxidermist.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Trout Fishing Report from Southern Maryland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Hughesville Pond

On Sunday, I went fishing with my dad at Hughesville Pond. I had a great time and I caught 3 rainbow trout. Here are some of the pictures that my dad took of me. With 2 of the trout, I brought up some weeds that looked like mistletoe. So for one of the pictures, I joking called it the mistletoe trout. I also want to thank DNR for stocking the ponds with trout because they are really fun to catch.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 25
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

OC Inlet Report

Type: Coast
Region: Coast
Location: OC Inlet

I decided to take a trip to Ocean City over the weekend along with my brother and a good friend of ours. We fished on the Atlantic side near the inlet. It seemed like we were the only ones catching anything. We ended up with a lot of dogfish and skate but occasionally we'd catch a few kingfish and small bluefish.

Tags: Bluefish, Dogfish, Kingfish, Clear-nosed Skate

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