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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. Michael Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Barnum Goldie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

I caught this 16 inch goldie at Barnum on 8-27-14. I was using my 4 1/2 ft. Shakespeare Ultra light with a Pflueger Trion spinning reel with 2 lb. test. It was quite a surprise when he surfaced and I wasted no time landing him.

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Went to Lake Elkhorn today at lunch and caught one bass. It was 20 inches and 3.11 pounds. Caught it on a Texas rigged 7.5 inch culprit worm.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on September 3, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Bass and Some Channel Cats

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centra and Southern
Location: Lake Elkorn and the Patuxent

Last week I went fishing at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia on my lunch break for an hour and caught this nice bass. It went 19.5 and 3.55 on a Texas rigged culprit curly tail worm in tomato color. Then my brother and I went to the Patuxent River in Bowie the other night, we were trying to catch some monster carp but only caught 2 channel cats on bread balls.

Tags: Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass

  1. Holly Solano, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 25, 2014 | Permalink

Fish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
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.

Tags: Fallfish

  1. Steve Bosley, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 11, 2014 | Permalink

26 Inch Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Bloodsworth Island

26 inch Spotted Seatroout caught by Steve at Bloodsworth Island.

Tags: Spotted Seatroout

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
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Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink

Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Savage River downstream of the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the wild trout population. The river is managed as a Trophy Trout Fishing Area with two separate management areas. The area from the dam downstream to the Allegany Bridge is a Fly Fishing Only Area and supported an amazing density of adult trout estimated at 1,179 trout per mile! The Single-hook Artificial Lures and Flies Area from the Allegany Bridge downstream 2.7 miles to the mouth of the river also had a very similar density of 1,170 adult trout per mile. Brown Trout comprise 82% of the population, followed by 12% Brook Trout, and 6% Rainbow Trout. Even a 14 inch Cutthroat Trout was collected during the survey. Many thanks to the MD DNR Fisheries Service staff, Wildlife Service staff, and Garrett College Natural Resource Program students that assisted in the surveys.

Pictured are 1) Jessica Klotz with a Brown Trout 2) Kelsey Hottel with a 12 inch Brook Trout, 3) Charlee Cramer with a Brown Trout 4) Zach Beal with a Rainbow Trout 5) Cinthia Myers with the Cutthroat Trout

Tags: Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area Survey, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Small Lake Venues Continue to Produce

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Our fishing this past week remains good for bass and bluegills as quality largemouths are active during low-light periods and on cloudy days. We caught several fish in the 3 to almost 5 pound range on a variety of plastic stickworms, surface frogs and a few on live bait while pursuing Channel Catfish. Central Maryland public and private venues are our targets.

Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds are sporadically spawning late into the summer and many quality fish remain close to springtime bedding sites. We like 1/64th to 1/200th oz hairjigs and Trout Mini-Magnets tipped with Gulp! Or live worms for these fish, some of which go one pound, but average quality size is 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound. Suspend them below a sensitive bobber and let the wind drift them through productive areas.

Pictured is Paul Sell with a fine largemouth from local water and some impressive panfish we kept for a meal, including a 10-inch, one-pound Pumpkinseed sunfish.

Tags: Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Panfish Bite Remains Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Mason-Dixon Region

Despite the mid-July time frame, we continue to have quality catches in both public and private waters along the Mason-Dixon region. My friend Patrick Korn and I recently caught and released 75 bluegills and punkinseed/pumpkingill hybrids on 1/200th oz Trout Magnets tipped with Gulps redworms on the morning of the 'thunder moon' of July and found spawning fish once again but slightly deeper than the June timing. We later scored quality largemouths at another 'under the radar' public venue in Carroll County.

On July 19 my son Matt and I worked hard with drop-shot/worm combos for quality rather than quantity for a variety of panfish from a local pond . Top fish of the day was Matt's 12 1/8 inch bluegill X green sunfish hybrid that weighed 1 pound 8 ounces. A couple of bonus slab crappies were also in the mix.

Barring drought or low oxygen conditions, smaller lake options should hold up well right into the fall. For bass, fish early and late in the day for active fish on surface frogs or stickworms.

Tags: Bluegill, Pumkinseed, Hybrids, Crappie, Green Sunfish Hybrid, Largemouth Bass

  1. Tim Campbell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on July 14, 2014 | Permalink

Bloodsworth Island Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Bloodsworth Island

Caught and released this speckled trout on Friday, 07/11/14 in 4' of water using a 6" chartreuse BKD with a barbless hook. Special thanks to Captain "Walleye" Pete for a fun day in the marsh.

Tags: Speckled Trout, Spotted Seatrout

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Balto County Mixed Bag

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven and Upper Gunpowder

This report is from the past holiday weekend. Caught a few Chain Pickerel from Loch Raven, while running spoons over the grass beds. Catch and release of course. Also fished in the upper Gunpowder, near the NCR trail, in various put and take areas. The trout bite was excellent in the morning hours. Kept a few hatchery raised fish for eating, and released all the smaller browns, along with a few tiny Smallmouth Bass. Drifting small nightcrawler pieces along the bottom was the most effective technique. Tight lines!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass

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