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There will be a 2013 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. Charlie Ward, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Diamond Jim Tagging Trip

Type: Chesapeake
Location: The Bay

Charlie and Ben Ward went out fishing on the June 26th Diamond Jim Tagging Trip aboard the Red Osprey ! They had a ball. It was their first time being out on the bay like that. Charlie caught a 25 inch rockfish and Ben caught a 23 inch rockfish. That is all they talk about when you ask them about fishing. And always there's the one that got away!

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim

  1. Gabe Madewell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

First Time Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake a Elkhorn

Gabe went fishing for the first time! He fished along the bank of Lake a Elkhorn in Columbia, MD. He didn't catch any fish, but he did learn how to cast like a pro and loved learning about fish, worms, turtles and birds!


  1. Jason Haney Jr., Youth Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

Surf Fishing in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

While on vacation in Ocean City I was surf fishing, and caught this nice Smooth Dogfish Shark using Bloodworm Fishbites. After a few pictures it was returned for to be caught on another day.

Tags: Smooth Dogfish

  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 46
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Summertime on the Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

Charlie Dolan, a life long friend from Colorado, came into town to visit family and of course catch a few fish. We hit the river early and late as the fish are generally more active under low light conditions during the summer; the mid-day hours can be brutally hot in a boat. Charlie caught the largest smallmouth of the trip on a topwater bait. After catching some bass, we switched gears and targeted Walleye around deep ledges with current and found the action to be better than expected. Although my partner may have been picturing a sizzling skillet, these trophy-sized Walleye were released to fight another day. There is no better way to spend time with friends than a good fishing trip. Im looking forward to many more!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Walleye

  1. Jon Griffiths, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Team Effort Landed Trophy Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Montgomery County Farm Pond

Here is a picture of a trophy bass I caught with my son, Ryan (7) this past weekend. We are both from Gaithersburg, MD and were fishing a farm pond in Montgomery County, MD together. Ryan saw the bobber shoot under and we both raced for the rod. Ryan wanted to reel it in on his own and managed to get the bass close enough for me to land. We were both so excited, high fives the rest of the night. He earned his milkshake on the way home. The bass was estimated at 23 inches, over 6 pounds. The fish was safely released.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Taylor Mooney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

I caught my second Snakehead of the year out of the Wicomico River river this evening around 7:30 pm near the same location as my previous one. I was fishing near Brew River restaurant in the Wicomico River on low tide using a dark green worm on 7/23/14 when this 31" Snakehead was caught.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Allen Day 2 - Nice Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

I had another great day at Lake Allen once again. All bass were caught on plastics. I even made some new friends that noticed me from the Angler's Log.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Karen White, Recreational Angler
  2. Dunkirk, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Mid Bay Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Karen and Nicole White were fishing on the Silvert Spirit in May when they caught these Striped Bass. Karen just registered here 40 inch rockfish and is now entered into the 2014 Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Bay Bridge Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

This past weekend, my brother and I fished around the pilings at the Bay Bridge. No rockfish, but got a few large Spot and White Perch. Also released a small Bluefish.

Tags: Spot, White Perch, Bluefish

  1. Jacob Holtz, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Weekend Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River, Northwest Branch and Susquehanna State Park

I got to spend some time in and on the water this past weekend and thought I'd send an update. On Saturday, I fished the Patapsco with my wife Beata, who caught her biggest fish to date (10" smallmouth), which was also the biggest fish of the day. Also caught a number of pumpkinseeds, chubs, and fallfish. Later that evening while waiting on friends I fished the Northwest Branch in Montgomery County. I caught more pumpkinseeds than I could count, none more than 6", but all an absolute joy to catch in a tiny urban stream. Then on Sunday we made a short visit to the Susquehanna State Park and fished along the bank for about half an hour. Unfortunately it was right as the water levels started rising due to afternoon energy production at the dam, but before we got flooded out we connected on another nice smallie and a fairly hefty sunfish. All of the fish over the course of the weekend were caught on small in-line spinners.

We also collected some raspberries along the way to the fishing spots - just another great reason to get out!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Chub, Fallfish

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