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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. Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on November 13, 2014 | Permalink

Sick Carp

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Below the Susquehanna Flats

Last Saturday my friend Matt and I were fishing for rock below the Susquehanna Flats. As nightfall approached Matt noticed what he thought was a tail splashing about 50 yards away near a shallow rock jetty. The binoculars confirmed what looked to be a carp. We decided to motor over to get a closer look thinking if it was a carp it was probably eating off the rocks, but it still looked strange. As we moved in I figured it would swim off but it did not. I noticed it was inverted (belly up) in 1.5 feet of water. Matt netted it and we took a quick picture. The carp did not look damaged and we placed it back in the water. It immediately inverted and started splashing its tail again. I thought it must have been sick and thought about a mercy killing but not knowing enough figured I would let nature take its course. DNR, any ideas? Carp do not eat inverted and this behavior is not "normal?"

DNR Response: As described, the fish was definitely under distress, you did the best thing by letting nature take it's course.

Tags: Carp


  1. Mark Crowe, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Rock Hall Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Hall

My daughter Emily and her friend Maddi caught these two on a double hook-up trolling tsunami swim baits and bucktails on planner boards near Rock Hall. Water was dead flat with calm winds and nice sunshine.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Nicholas Suwito, Youth Angler
  2. Clarksburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Local Pond Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

I went fishing with my dad on Saturday at a local pond near our house. I caught these two nice largemouth bass. These two are the biggest ones I've caught so far.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Julie Anne Lynskey, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Doubler Bluefish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Franklin Manor Pier

My dad and I were fishing just as it was getting dark on the Franklin Manor Pier. One of the rods went way down. It was almost bent in half. We thought we had a huge whopper of a fish. I reeled it in while my dad held the rod. It put up quite a fight!!!

It was a 25 inch bluefish. In two parts a 13 inch and a 12 inch on the same line. We put them both back in the water quickly.

Tags: bluefish


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliffs Bite

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Calvert Cliffs Power Plant Discharge

Seeing no breaking fish heading south from Chesapeake Beach in a 22' walkaround, we jigged the discharge stream from about 0830 to 1330. There was a good bite during the early and late ebb and a slow bite in between. We landed 10 (5 keeper size) and had 4 break off with a good number of missed bites as well. Landed fish were 16" (3), 17" (2), 18" (2), 20.5", 23.5", 31.5". The fish bit on hotrodded yellow and hotrodded green 6" BKDs and 7" Hogy Baits on hotrodded green and yellow jig heads. Bigger fish bit midday during the last hour or so of the ebb. Steve Criste is shown holding the 31.5" striper that hit a yellow hotrodded Hogy Bait on a yellow hotrodded jighead. It can (and did) get pretty bouncy in the discharge stream, and one could get easily pulled under. A standard practice since my Coast Guard search and rescue days, I always wear a PFD or float coat for an added margin of safety.

Comparing notes with other fishers at the end of the day, another boat landed 30 stripers, mostly schoolies, jigging and topwater bite, in vicinity of Stone Rock. The jig and plastic trailer color de jour over there was white. One fisher advised that his 30" striper took a white clouser tied on as a trailer to a popper.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Richard Wright, Recreational Angler
  2. Glenn Dale
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing Hot in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Fishing is still hot on the wrecks out of Ocean City. Went out Saturday Nov. 8 on the Angler headboat and it was nonstop action from the first drop until we called it quits at noon. Everyone had a limit of nice sea bass, a decent number of flounder came over the rails and it wouldn’t be a party without a few slammer size bluefish. I even heard the mate say someone had a hubcap sized porgy! I include pictures of a couple of nice sea bass and flounder that went home with me. Most fish were caught on squid but I also jigged up a few with Lucanus and Acme Kastmaster jigs once I got close to my limit. Tight lines!

Tags: flounder, black sea bass, bluefish, porgy


  1. Gary Stamoulis, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Rock the Dock Tournament

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

This was from Saturday November 8th, fishing in the Rock the Dock Tournament, team Reel Lucky caught this whopper fishing near the bay bridge, fish was 48 inches and 50 lbs.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Terri Marsh, Recreational Angler
  2. Exton, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Followed the Birds

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Tilghman Island

We took your advice and followed the birds today (Sunday, November 9th)! Caught this 21 inch striper south of Tilghman island at the mouth of the Choptank. We were trolling with buck tails. Water temp was 53 degrees and we were in 24ft. It was a great afternoon!

Tags: striped bass


  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Ocean City Bluefish

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

I caught this 34" bluefish off the coast of Ocean City with the Morning Star crew. Sunny a bit windy catching seabass, heads and Blues.

Tags: bluefish, black sea bass


  1. Bill Kapner, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 12, 2014 | Permalink

Tridelphia Largemouth Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Tridelphia Reservoir

I caught this bass on November 5, on a windy cold day fishing from my kayak in a cove off Tridelphia Reservoir. I originally assumed of course that it was a largemouth. I am wondering now if it was actually a spotted bass. Are they ever found this far North? It has a smaller mouth than a typical lmb and has the coloration and pattern of a spotted bass. Maybe. Can you help me here?

DNR Response: Based upon what we can see in the photo, it appears to be a largemouth bass. A spotted bass should have rows of black spots on the lower half of its body. I don't think we have documented any spotted bass in MD yet.

Tags: largemouth bass

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