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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. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Great Day Pond Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

Had a chance to go fishing and caught some catfish, bluegill and sunfish after school today in a Harford County Pond. Also I had a great time at the Seafood Festival Sunday, 9/7/2014. Thank you DNR for my fishing trip.

Tags: Bluegill, Sunfish, Catfish

  1. Roy Wheeler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Bear Creek Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bear Creek

While fishing from my pier Tuesday 9/9 after work as I usually do I caught an unlikely visitor to Bear Creek. A 3.5 foot pike about 4 lbs.

DNR Response: You caught a chain pickerel, not a northern pike.The chain pickerel is one of our most common species of fish in the lakes, ponds and tidal rivers of Maryland.

Tags: Chain Pickerel

  1. Peter Loysen, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Crabs Trying to Get to Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Scotland, MD

At the end of Holly Drive in Scotland, MD, there is a sometimes an open creek that goes into Deep Creek Pond. The Pond contains an abundance of crabs, but they like to have interchange with the Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday, 9/7, the creek was heavily silted, in so the crabs could not exit to the Bay. There were hundreds, almost all females, piled up at the east end of the creek. Then on Monday, 9/8, during the nor'easter that over washed the silted-in entrance to the creek, there were thousands of crabs trying to get out to the Bay. Unfortunately for the crabs, the shallow strong inflow prevented most of them from exiting, so they just hunkered down. The photo shows a portion of them. On the morning of Tuesday, 9/9, the nor'easter had abated somewhat, and the crabs were stranded on the wet sand and still alive! Hopefully the next high tide would have permitted them to get to the Bay. Some residents of the area suspect that the preponderance of females is due to illegal commercial harvesting of males in the Pond. Regardless, periodic dredging of the creek exit would greatly help the crabs out where they could thrive.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 34
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Multi-Species Action

Region: Central
Location: Central MD lakes and ponds

We have had a good week fishing small public and private lakes in the central Maryland area for bass, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish. Bass have been up to 4 pounds and the best channel cat was over eight pounds. We have been wet-wading for the bass with heavy braided lines fishing Stank X stickworms in and around heavy aquatic primrose vegetation. Biggest cats came on small live bluegills below a bobber.

Also we had great family fishing fun with sunfish at the local ponds. My 2-year old granddaughter, Abby, got an assist for her first fish ever...a bluegill! Additionally, we got big pumpkinseed sunfish and trophy class hybrid sunfish. The monster hybrid sunfish took 1/4 oz Rattle Flash spoons. Biggest hybrids went 1 pound 12 ounces. All fish were released.

Tags: bluegill, pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill

  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Half Bushel of Crabs

Type: Tidal
Location: West/Rhode River

Caught these nice dark crabs this past Sunday, the wind was miserable though! 7:40-11:40 running a trot line, ended up with little over a 1/2 bushel.

Tags: blue crab

  1. Bryan Randol, Recreational Angler
  2. Bowie, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

4 lb Bowie Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bowie Pond

I caught this 4lb largemouth bass near the bridge at the pond near Bowie's TownHall/Police Station on Saturday (9/6/14). I was using a Texas Rigged 7" Berkeley PowerWorm (Pumpkinseed Color), 7' BassPro Bionic Blade XPS Spinning Rod + Quantum Kinetic PTi30 Spinning reel and 20# Suffix 832 braided line with 10# Flourocarbon leader. I had several other bites, this is the only one that I landed.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Eadrich Clarke, Recreational Angler
  2. Edgewood
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Large Croaker

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Pooles Island

I caught this croaker on Saturday September 6. I was unable to measure it but I know it's looks like a citiation fish. I caught it out Pooles Island.

Tags: croaker

  1. David Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Catfish Action

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam

The catfish are still hitting hard in the early mornings. We used chicken livers and pulled in some nice ones and the rockfish were hitting all day but were all under 18". I had what I thought was a snag but must have been a huge flathead. I was pulling and pulling trying to break free and then my line took off and within seconds I felt a head shake and the line broke. I was using 30lb test but I'll get him another day!

Tags: channel catfish, striped bass

  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Centennial Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Park

I've been quiet for a awhile but here's my biggest bass ever caught on 6lb test XPS Fluro and wacky style rig at Centennial Park. He was 21 inches

Tags: largmouth bass

  1. Steven Byrd, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Catch and Release Marlin

Type: Ocean

Here is a picture of the blue marlin I caught and released on 9-5-2014.

Tags: blue marlin, Spanish Mackerel

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