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Posted on April 19, 2012 | Permalink

Bass at Loch Raven Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Rsservoir

Went out Tuesday and fished from the shore on the north side of Dulaney Valley Bridge. Fished for about an hour before sunset and managed two bass the largest being 4 pounds.

On Wednesday fished from my boat from about 12:30 to 5pm in the rain. Between the three of us, we managed about 15 bass and couple pickerel with several bass over 2 pounds and two managing 3 pounds, the biggest of these two days are pictured below.

Tags: largemouth bass, chain pickerel

Posted on April 4, 2012 | Permalink

Fishing at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I went out Tuesday to Loch Raven for about 3 hours with my friend and caught a nice bass and 4 pickerel. We were throwing white spinnerbaits on the east shoreline below Dulaney Valley Bridge.

Tags: bass, chain pickerel

Posted on February 16, 2012 | Permalink

Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Caught late Wednesday afternoon on Zoom Super Fluke

Tags: Largemouth Bass

Posted on August 17, 2011 | Permalink

Sinking of the U.S.S. Radford

Type: Ocean
Region: Ocean
Location: Atlantic Ocean

Wednesday of last week I had the opportunity to go out on a ferry and watch the joint cooperation from Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware to sink the decommissioned destroyer, U.S.S. Arthur W. Radford. We launched about 9:30 in the morning and arrived at the site at 12 and the sinking was already underway. It took about 3 hours before we could start to see a difference in the massive shipís position but as soon as the stern went down the rest of the boat followed in a titanic like manner with full submersion in about a minute and ten seconds. Sidescan was done on the boat a couple days later and found the boat sunk just as it was planned with the broadside in to the current coming out from the Delaware bay.

Tags: Artificial Reefs

Posted on July 27, 2011 | Permalink

Paralyzed Veterans of America Tournament

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Smallwood State park

Over the weekend PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) had a two day bass tournament in Smallwood State Park. The first day the Veterans fished by themselves being guided by the captains, and the second day they both fished. I helped out Sunday the second day of the tournament by clipping fins of the bass as they came off the scale. The point of clipping the fins is that during this week there is going to be an electro fishing survey to recover those bass. Based on the amount of fish recaptured we can estimate the mortality rate of the fish from the stresses of the tournament. Later this week I will put up another log about the electro fishing survey we are going to do. Overall it was a great weekend with the boats pulling in 605 pounds of bass from 61 boats. The biggest culled weight was around 17 pounds, the biggest bass was 6.11 pounds, and the 100 dollar prize for biggest snakehead went to a 6.88 pounder

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Largemouth Bass

Posted on July 22, 2011 | Permalink

Summer Surveys For This Student

Type: All
Location: Coastal Bays and Susquehanna Flats

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I was out with the Coastal Bays group doing a summer trawl survey down in Ocean City. We met in Annapolis early in the morning and on the way down to the boat house we picked everyone up. At the boat house there was evidence of other animals from there recent trawls, they had tons of animals including northern puffers, mummichog, summer flounder, and starfish all in a holding tank. We launched soon after having reached the boat house and headed to our first spot north of the route 50 bridge. We took multiple pieces of data before we started the trawl, like latitude and longitude of our position for the beginning of the trawl, water depth, visibility, temperature, salinity, and a couple others. We then threw the trawl net over the back and then began hauling it behind us. When we stopped I took depth and GPS position while waiting for the crew to hoist the net aboard the boat. They dumped all that the net contained into a large bucket which then was dumped onto our green sorting table. The majority of the catch was crabs, weakfish, and bay anchovy although there was a mix of other more interesting fish too. We measured every fish in millimeters and stated crabs gender and whether or not they were mature females. One of the most interesting trawls I did with the coastal bays group was our second to last one. As we pulled up the net and dumped it onto the table I could already see the wide variety of fish it had. We saw a bunch northern sea robin, striped sea robin, toad fish, a bunch of flounder, and even some squid. The most interesting thing we saw though was a mantis shrimp, they are also known as thumb splitters because of a claw at the front of their body that can strike at speeds of 23 meters per second or the speed of the .22 caliber bullet. To say the least we handled it very carefully.

On Thursday this week I went out with Biologist Eric Durell on the Juvenile Index Survey to the Susquehanna Flats. Once we reached the boat ramp we moved all our gear to the boat and launched for the first site. We sampled using a long seine net, pulling it across the beaches. The majority of what we found in the first pull was white perch, there was a good amount of rockfish mixed in, and the rest were different species of shiner and smaller baitfish. Our second pass was much more interesting, we pulled the seine through a much deeper part of the flats and as we were bringing it to shore the seine started to explode with movement. When we finally got it to shore we saw two carp flopping around, as well as an older rockfish. After we pull in the seines we measure each fish until we had measured thirty of that species, then we count the rest of that species without measuring them. The point of this survey is to compare the amount of stripers and other game fish caught to other years where they used the exact same methods. This way they can predict if the spawn was greater, less, or around equal compared to previous years.

Overall the surveys this week were a lot of fun and I learned a bunch of new species like mantis shrimp, herring, silvery minnows and much more. Both groups will be sampling more in August and I hope I have another chance to go out with them and learn more.

Tags: Summer Survey, Coastal, Susquehanna Flats

Posted on July 15, 2011 | Permalink

Student Technican Experience - Week 3

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Patapsco

Tuesday of this week was my first day out in the field and Cameron and I went out to the Patapsco to do a stream survey where there once was a dam. The year earlier the same crew we were with had sampled these two locations (above and below the dam) and we were coming back to survey because the dam had been removed. The primary purpose was to see how the dam effected the fish population and overall health of the river. To survey the stream we had a crew of 19 in which most people had a backpack electro shocker and a net, the others would carry a bucket to keep the fish in. As we moved upstream the shockers would temporarily stun fish so that we would be able to net them and count them at the end of the pass. At the site of the survey there were two nets set up at the top and bottom of the site so that no fish could escape and we received an accurate picture of what life was in that section of river. At both sites we found common freshwater species like Smallmouth Bass, Northern Hogsucker, Red Breast Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Common Shiner, Margined Madtom, and American Eel. Overall it was a productive and fun day out in the field.

The next day Cameron and I did the same thing except that we went to a different portion of the Patapsco. One site a little further downstream from Daniels Dam, and another just before a bridge upstream of Ellicott City. The methods were the same but the fish were not, at the first site we shocked up two 12+ inch Yellow Bullheads and countless other smaller ones. The Smallmouth although smaller in size than the site a day before were much more plentiful, the same goes for the red breast, we must have shocked up over 50 in small portion of stream. Once we were done at the first site we ate lunch and then moved on to the next site, not without trouble though. The van in front of me had a small area to turn around in (especially with a large trailer hitched on) and began spinning its tires rapidly in the mud. Once we got them back on the road we had our last site to finish up. We shocked up the usual fish for this stream with red breast lower in abundance and no large bullhead like the previous site but nonetheless it was very enjoyable. On our last pass the heavens opened up and water was pouring from the sky making it difficult to spot fish but we toughed it out and finished the site.

Working with MBSS was really fun this past week and all the members of the group were helpful and taught me many things about identifying new species of fish to me. I hope before the summer is over you all will see another report of me working with them.

Tags:  Smallmouth Bass, Northern Hogsucker, Red Breast Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Common Shiner, Margined Madtom, American Eel

Posted on August 11, 2010 | Permalink

NOAA Smart Bouy - Gooses Reef

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Gooses Reef

NOAA and DNR partnered together to launch the most recent smart buoy at the Gooses Reef. The Buoy will record and send crucial data in the area it was located. Things like, dissolved oxygen, air temperature, water temperature, Ph, water salinity and many more parameters. Below is a video of the anchor (3 Train wheels, just above 2500 pounds), the buoy and the bottom monitor. The total launch took around 2 hours and what you see is the shortened version of it. You can access the information from this buoy and any other smart buoy located in Maryland on

Tags: NOAA, Smart Bouy, Fisheries Intern

Posted on July 23, 2010 | Permalink

Patapsco River Sampling

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

On Thursday of this week Steven Cuccia and I traveled to Catonsville, Maryland where we electro shocked the Patapsco River in two different spots. Our first sampling location was at the dam by the Old Paper Mill right off Thistle road in Catonsville. This spot had its difficulties shocking, mostly because the river was wider than ones previous and the section we were sampling was a very fast portion of white water. We had two different ways of shocking the water. The first was a backpack form, which had one anode (Where the electricity flows into the water) and was powered by a battery. The other way was a barge that was pulled by one member of the team. The barge held a generator and ports for 4 anodes. We had around 10 shockers to make sure that most fish couldnít slip through between each shocker. The electro shocker stuns the fish so they arenít able to move for a brief time period. Once we saw a fish we would net it and put it in a bucket on our way up stream. Once we had finished the section we would bring all the fish back to the starting point where they would be put in a larger container with holes in it so fresh water can pour through. Then we would begin to count each fish, and every time we came along a game fish like Striped bass, Smallmouth bass we would measure it. The purpose of sampling these sections of river is that some dams are being removed on the Patapsco and when they are removed they are going to compare the numbers of fish, and species of fish found. This will determine whether the dam was a positive influence or a negative influence on the river.

Tags: Patapsco River Sampling, Intern

Posted on July 16, 2010 | Permalink

Interns Log From Western Maryland - July 16

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Western Maryland

This week the other intern Stephen Cuccia and I traveled from Annapolis to Frostburg, we had a very scenic drive and arrived the evening before an early wake up. We woke up at 5:30 the next morning and met Matt Cell at the UMCES Appalachian Lab. We grabbed boxes full of gear for the day, and an electro shocker. After a quick stop at Sheetz for some coffee we were on our way to the Middlefork, a feeder into Savage Reservoir. After about a forty minute drive we arrived right outside of the entrance. With a big crew we had no choice but to drive the treacherous path right alongside the stream. After a few scares of slipping down the hill all the vehicles made it safely to our destination. We unloaded all the gear, and contents of our mobile tagging station. We started a few hundreds yards from where the cars are parked and took all the gear down there. At first we had one big crew consisting of 5 netters, 2 buckets, and one electro shocker. We began shocking through pools bringing up Brook trout from there hide outs. The first run yielded too many to count and we had to stop halfway through to leave them in the livewell (A bucket with holes drilled through it so fresh water could pass through keeping the fish alive). Then as we made two more passes while Al Klotz and his son Kyle stopped to measure, weigh, and then record the fish. After the first section was done we realized we could be a lot more efficient if we split into two groups, each group with one electro shocker, 2 nets, and a bucket. As we kept shocking our way upstream Matt Cell and a few others were receiving the fish we had in the livewells to tag. This left the job to Marcus to run the livewells and buckets all the way back to the tagging station, a rather rigorous task. As we finished shocking the designated parts of the stream fish were still coming in to be tagged by Matt. I helped Marcus bring back a couple livewells and then watched the tagging process. All the fish were sedated so they would be calm and ready to be tagged. After they had properly been calmed Matt grabbed one fish at a time out of the container. He would first clip the adipose fin to later DNA test to see if there were multiple strains of brook trout. After that he would measure the fish, if it was under 180 millimeters they he would make a cut right behind the pelvic fin and then insert a tag. If it was over 180 mm then he would insert the tag by needle right below the dorsal fin usually on the left side of the fish. We would shock every 50 meters of stream so once all the fish from that section of river were tagged they would be returned to the same section they came from. Overall the day was very fun and interesting, it was a great learning experience.

Tags: Fisheries Interns, Brook Trout, Middlefork, Savage River

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