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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. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Variety

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gravelly Point

I generally have a plan when I go fishing. Today, the plan was to fish for bass along the grass edge in Washington Channel during low tide. The fish were cooperating. Using a Lucky Craft Pointer SP 78 jerkbait, I caught Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Striped bass -- mostly small, but one Largemouth was probably 2 lbs or better. What I didn't expect was to catch a white perch. I wasn't planning to fish for blue cats, but since I had some bait, I decided to give it a shot.

I anchored in the channel just upstream from Alexandria, near the "Danger" marker. I cut up the perch and put it on an 8/0 circle hook with a 2 oz sinker. Within 5 minutes, I had a fish on that was 60+ lbs. I fought it for about 20 minutes and just as I was grabbing it with my lip grip, it made one last shake and broke the line. I was using 30# shock leader, so it takes a pretty big fish to break the line. I fished for another hour or so and caught two more catfish, probably around 10 lbs or so and was almost ready to pack up when another big blue took the bait. After another 20 minute battle, I landed this one. I'm guessing it was probably 45-50 lbs.

It was another great day to be on the water. Driving back to the dock during sunset is one of the most pleasant experiences in the world. I don't think I will ever get tired of it. The river gets calm and the air is cool. The sky turns red and you can see the Capital and the Washington Monument in the distance. It is a great way to end the day. If there is a heaven, I hope it looks just like that so that I can savor every moment for eternity.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 34
  3. View all reports by Jim Gronaw →

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Evening Bass Blitz

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

We fished a new pond the evening of August 25th and caught some impressive largemouths on 1/4 ounce spinnerbaits and Stank X Stix stickworms in and around heavy shoreline cover. Our larger fish ranged from 3.5 to almost 6 pounds. Wacky-rigged worms seemed to be the best and the battles were toe-to-toe with the use of 20 pound Gamma Braid enabling us to gain control on the larger fish when they were hooked on a very short length of line in the jungle.

With our cool summer and surface water temperature remaining in the mid 70's in some smaller lakes, bass won't always retreat to deeper areas, especially if there is abundant fallen wood and brush or overhanging shade available. This weeks brief heat surge may alter that a bit for the coming week, but many of our better fish have been very shallow this summer.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. David Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Catfish Hitting at Conowingo

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam

I caught this big flathead along with many, many, many channel cats in one spot where they seem to hold at using white perch soaked in chicken liver blood as well as chicken livers. After they open the gates and started releasing water we called it a day. A great day out on the water and making new friends!

Tags: Flathead Catfish, Channel Catfish, White Perch, Invasive

  1. Ryan Altenburg, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Ryan Altenburg →

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Patapsco Mix

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

I caught two of what I believe are my first ever White Catfish along with a Channel Catfish and striper on the Patapsco today. Could you positively ID the 18" catfish as a white catfish? I'm certain the 20" catfish is a channel catfish.

DNR Response: Yes, the 18" is a White Catfish and the 20" is a Channel Catfish.

Tags: White Catfish, Channel Catfish, Striped Bass

  1. David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
  2. Port Republic, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by David A. Gaestel →

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Mud and Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Battle Creek

Last weekend, my daughter Kali and I rowed to the top of Battle Creek near Cypress Swamp in Calvert County. She caught this beautiful catfish on a fishing pole that I made. As you can see, bouts of boredom were broken up by playing in the mud and eventually by this catfish!

Tags: Catfish

  1. Jeff Church, Recreational Angler
  2. Ellicott City
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Crazy Crab Claw

Type: Chesapeake
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Jeff was crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay Sunday 8-24-2014 when he caught these crabs, including this one with a unique claw.

Tags: Blue Crab

  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Centennial Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Lake

3 bass day at Centennial Lake last Thursday all on wacky rig.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Tion Hall →

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Bluegill Madness

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Pond near Harmans

My son and I went to a pond in Anne Arundel County near Harmans. Scored at the top is a 8.5 inch 5.5oz monster all on a slice of worm under a bobber.

Tags: Bluegill

  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
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Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Bow Hunting Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

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.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

  1. Richard Norris, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
  4. View all reports by Richard Norris →

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Smallmouth Smash

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
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.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

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