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.
Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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James Berry, Recreational Angler
- Chesapeake Beach, Md
- Total Reports: 34
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Bow Hunting Blue Cats
I went out a few times the second week of August on the Potomac bow fishing for snakehead. With all the plant life in the river now we are just not seeing many snakehead as they have plenty of cover to hide in. On the other hand the water is so clear due to the same plant life that the blue cats were very easy to see so we adapted. We were careful not to shoot any Channel Catfish although we might've seen 2 out of 100 that were actually channels most were blue cat. We had several over 30 pounds and some over 40, but I must say the smaller ones taste much better.
Richard Norris, Recreational Angler
- Silver Spring, MD
- Total Reports: 8
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Location: Potomac River, Edwards Ferry
It was a great overcast day on Saturday August 23rd to catch some smallies on the Potomac River. We put in at Edwards Ferry and pushed up river. My boy Robert and I caught some nice ones for the morning but this was the highlight of the session. 19-1/4" smallmouth caught on a Strike King Bleeding Buzzbait- Chartreuse Color. Fun day as usual.
Jamie McIntosh, Recreational Angler
- Maugansville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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My son Sean, age 7 reeled in the 22.5" Spanish Mackerel. I caught a 21". This was our first ever Spanish Mackerel, so very exciting day. We used Clark spoons that we got from Tyler's Tackle in Chesapeake Beach MD from Mr. George, and number 1 & 2 planners.
John Horgan, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 9
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Winters Run Bass
Location: Atkissson Dam Winters Run
We fished Winters Run today behind Atkissson Dam and caught about 25 largemouth and smallmouth in about 3 hours all on minnows. I took a picture of this snake. It looked like it was digesting a pretty big meal in the sun.
Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 17
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Jacke Schroeder, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Holly Solano, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Location: Seneca Creek
Here is a photo of the 10" fish we caught in the Seneca Creek Stream just downstream of the Road bridge, in Germantown, MD on a worm and spinner. It took the line like a bass, and did a lot of drumming/croaking while we took it off the hook. It had a dark olive back, with prominent scale scallop pattern. Fish had no spots, no stripes, a soft white underbelly with pinkish tinge, and red fins. Silhouette very trout-like.
We are new to coastal estuary fishing, and wonder if this is a baby red drummer without a spot, or a baby silver drummer without the characteristic yellow fins? If it is a drummer, doss it seem odd that it is so far upstream from the estuary waters?
Thanks for any education you can provide us on our mystery fish. It is the first time she caught a fish we couldn't identify!
DNR Response: You caught a Fallfish. They are very common in our inland rivers and streams. They can grow as large as 15” or so.
Mike Hurd, Recreational Angler
- Elkridge, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Region: Upper Bay
Location: Podickory Point, Snake Reef
Saturday, August 16 2014 turned out to be one of the weirdest fishing days we have ever had on the bay. We decided to head north of our usual haunts off Podickory Point and checked out Snake Reef off Gibson Island for the first time in a couple of years. We hadn't been there more than a few minutes (on a rising tide) and our rod bent double in the rod holder. At first, we thought it was a ray -- but a few minutes later, we landed a Channel Catfish that was probably around 10 lbs. Then… a few minutes later, the rod bent double AGAIN and we landed a Blue Catfish that we estimate was close to 20 lbs. The morning continued like this until we caught seven more channel cats, along with 10 White Perch, 2 croaker, and a Spot. The catfish alone ended up being 12 meals in the freezer.
We're guessing that the rains earlier in the week had something to do with the "misplaced" catfish. We have been fishing on the bay, between the Patapsco River and Thomas Point Light for 15 years -- and this is the first time we have EVER caught catfish.
DNR Response: Channel Catfish have been in the area for a long time, but more commonly in the tributaries or near the mouth. The salinity, regulated by dry and wet spells, really determines how far downriver or into the bay they extend. It will change on any given year. The Blue Catfish, however, is new to that area. Both catfish species can tolerate higher salinities (greater than 12 ppm) for short periods of time which means they can move around from place to place quite easily. Blue Catfish are even being found in higher salinities than earlier believed. The heavy rains that we had last week could, most certainly, cause salinity sensitive fish to move in and out of areas that they normally aren't found in.