Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
A 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.
Keith Craig, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Few Fish Before the Wind Took Over
Location: South River
We got a late start Saturday. The NW wind was already strong but forecasted to get worse. So for two hours we tried the South River. Despite the strong winds we found a few small rock and blues until after noon it just got too windy. We trolled small Bucktails and spoons. The picture is Steve with a 20 inch rockfish.
Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 22
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Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats
Went out a few times this week in a couple different locations all on the flats. In Havre de Grace the yellow perch were hitting hard on live minnows. Then I caught a small carp in the shallows. A couple days later I managed to catch a nice sized largemouth along with a smaller channel cat, both were released. Today I went back and caught a smaller flathead catfish that wasn't released. I moved further up river to catch a nice size channel cat. It was a pretty good week of fishing on the lower Susqehanna.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 37
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Posted on October 17, 2014 | Permalink
Best Time to Harvest Some Panfish
Location: Local Ponds
Just want to remind everyone that now is one of the best times to harvest and eat a few panfish fillets. Bluegills, crappies, white and yellow perch, along with a host of hybrid sunfish species are chowing down in the fall. We recently enjoyed catches of 75, 31, 70 and 62 panfish, mostly bluegills, on our last four trips respectively from small public waters. Of those totals we kept 30 for the pan, releasing the rest.
Small 1/64th or 1/80th ounce shad darts or hair jigs tipped with worms or mealworms are our top producers. Fish them 3 to 5 feet below a sensitive bobber and allow the wind to drift them along weed edges, creek channels or around sunken brush or wood. Good luck and harvest only what you can eat for a few meals and release the rest, especially the larger specimens.
Photo shows Matt Gronaw with a pair of great fall bluegills from one of our recent trips.
Paul Major, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 67
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Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys
Location: North Branch Potomac River
The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.
Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.
Gary Savage, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Kirk Hadsell, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Cambridge Perch Report
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Choptank River
White perch caught noon 10/13/14 at Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Cambridge, MD a cloudy and rainy day. Used blood worms with a small #4 hook and bottom rig. It had been a very slow day and was picking my gear to leave when I hooked a chubby one, lucky me!
Solomon Jovenal, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 5
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Bob Schafer, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Chasing Birds (and fish)
Location: Elk Neck State Park
Lauren (pictured) and I were running down the bay yesterday (10/10) when we ran into birds working off the point of Elk Neck State Park. We slowed down to throw to breaking fish and managed a few legal sized stripers on rattle traps. Light winds, overcast skies, 60s - perfect day to chase some stripers!