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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov. 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. Matt Hayes, Recreational Angler
  2. Tracys Landing, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink

Chickamuxen Catfish Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Chicamuxen Creek

Saturday night in Chickamuxen Creek we caught about 8 catfish, a mix of blues and channels. We noticed that almost all of the fish we caught and most of the fish we saw (in excess of 100) had visible sores. This is a regular fishing place for us. Though we have seen similar (and worse) sores before, we have not seen them with such prevalence. These two blue cats were about 18 and 22 inches.

DNR Response: The marks on the fish are ulcers in the skin of the catfish. These are areas where the fish probably scraped against some cover and lost its slime coat, allowing a minor bacterial infection to occur. Itís very common this time of year when water temperatures reach well into the 80ís and low 90ís. Fish tend to stress more in warmer temperatures and bacterial infections grow better in the higher water temperatures. Here is also a link to a previous post about catfish sores.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish


  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on June 18, 2013 | Permalink

What Happened To This Catfish?

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Swan Harbor Farm

I was fishing at Swan Harbor Farm in Aberdeen MD on June 15 and I was fishing with a friend catching Channel Catfish and he caught two with some strange marks on them and I was wondering what it is?

DNR Response: The marks on the fish are ulcers in the skin of the catfish. Ulcers are holes or erosions in the skin that are caused by physical damage such as rough handling, punctures or net abrasions, or by a fish disease such as a bacteria or a parasite. Often, a fish may be damaged initially and the wound may then become infected or inflamed. Although we cannot determine the cause based on pictures, I suspect that the skin on these fish were damaged initially by handling and then became infected. We recommend that fish with ulcers or other signs of disease be discarded and not eaten. Although there is generally little risk to people, there are several bacterial fish pathogens that can also infect humans. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after handling any diseased fish. The waterless hand cleaner is pretty handy to keep on a boat or in a tackle box and is effective.

Tags: Channel Catfish

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