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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. Alexander C. Roland, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Spesutie Island Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Spesutie Island

Caught this nice bass near Spesutie Island. It was hanging under a local dock pouncing on this year's juvenile Striped Bass. I noticed several other LM bass doing the same thing.

Please note that I spotted a snakehead floating dead near the docks at 39.480462 North, 76.106205 West. It was out of reach. I have been fishing over 30 years and can ID species, so I am quite certain what it was. It had distinctive black and white markings, the long (Blenny-like) soft dorsal and anal fins, as well as the characteristic head and black eyes. Disappointed to see one this far north, even dead.

DNR Response: Without a photograph we cannot confirm it was a snakehead. In April 2011 there was a report of a snakehead caught in the Northeast River.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead

  1. Nicholas Pirchio, Youth Angler
  2. Owings, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

My First Spanish Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

On Friday evening, ten year old Nicholas from Owings, Maryland landed this 20 inch Spanish mackerel. This was his first Spanish mackerel ever caught and was the first of two boated that evening, along with a number of bluefish. We were trolling the ledge just off Chesapeake Beach using #1 and #2 planers with spoons. There were numerous schools of shad and bay anchovies active that evening that we found by looking for the diving birds. After trolling for a couple hours, we broke out the light-action poles and cast into the bait fish schools with lures nabbing several Bluefish. A great time was had that evening!

Tags: Spanish mackerel, bluefish, shad, bay anchovies

  1. David Sohns, Recreational Angler
  2. Arbutus, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Magothy Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy River

Great morning on the Magothy. Four keeper rockfish over 20 inches shown here. Also got a few nice pickerel (see picture.) All rockfish caught at dawn fishing rip rap and rock points using soft plastics.

Tags: chain pickerel, striped bass

  1. Michael Glover, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

West River Hogchoker

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South Creek off of West River

We found this in the crab pot off of the dock Sunday morning in Shady Side (South Creek ) off of West River. It looks like a small flounder, but I didn’t think that flounder would come up the bay this far?

DNR Response:That is a hogchoker which is a common flatfish in the tidal estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. They are a "right handed" flatfish because their eyes and mouth are on their right side. They do not grow to be much more than 8" or so. They got their name because early farmers used to feed them to their hogs and apparently they were hard for the hogs to swallow because of their rasp like scales and rigid bodies.

Tags: hogchoker

  1. Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Catching Fish all Day Long

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mouth of Nanjemoy Creek

My friend Jeff and I fished near the mouth of Nanjemoy Creek on the Potomac on Saturday the 20th of September. We were fishing shallow throwing ¼ oz jig heads with 4 inch Berkley Gulp Swimming Mullet, white and chartreuse. We caught fish all day long. Channel cats, bluefish, 1 four pound largemouth bass, white perch and stripers. It was a great day on the river. Water temperature was in the mid 70’s and there was plenty of bait in shallow water.

Tags: channel cats, bluefish, largemouth bass, white perch, striped bass

  1. Steve Stacharowski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Bay Dolphins

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Eastern Bay

My son and I were fishing in Eastern Bay – a beautiful day. Found lots of fish, rock & blues, but all rock were short. As we were fishing, a dolphin or small whale (6 to 8 foot) surfaced – very rounded nose/ took a breath of air / and went down. Only saw him for a few seconds so we were not sure what it was but very surprised to see him in this part of the bay – heard him take a breath 2 more times but not close enough to get a look. We were fishing just north of the first green buoy inside Eastern Bay from Bloody Point. Have other anglers seen or reported the same? How unusual is this?

DNR Response: Hello Steve, bottle nosed dolphins are fairly common in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay this time of the year. At times they can be seen in groups called pods.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish, dolphin

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Big Bait Balls Near Plum Pt Reef

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Plum Pt Reef and Stone Rock

SE Corner Plum Pt Reef and Stone Rock 9-21-14

We found multiple big menhaden schools breaking just off the SE side and corner of the Plum Pt reef site while trolling in areas we circled per screenshot off my smartphone Navionics app. Bluefish were slashing through the schools. I threw plugs and Hopkins into the schools as we went by with no results other than snagging a menhaden (used for bait later). We worked the area off the SE corner and landed and released 4 rockfish from 14 to 16-1/2" including a doubler on an umbrella rig with small white bucktails. The plastic trailers were sacrificial with blues in the area. Also snagged a plastic icebag half full of water someone had inappropriately discarded. Mid-afternoon we anchored in 40' at Stone Rock and tried some frozen cut spot and artificials since it was too late in our trip to try for spot. A couple of bites, no hookups. A charterboat alongside with live spot was hauling in small blues and got a couple of just keeper rockfish. We also saw some big bait balls on the scope just west of the edge.

Tags: menhaden, bluefish, striped bass

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Smoked Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River Dam

My family and I went to Savage River Dam on 9-12-14 for some fishing. We did prety good between 4 of us we caught 15 rainbow trout. The picture is of me and family friend Dalene Garlitz holding the fish on the stringer. Dad put this batch of trout on the smoker this weekend, I like to snack on smoked trout YUMMM.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Rose Abido, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Patapsco Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Avalon Area

Here are some catches from August. All from under the swinging bridge at the Patapsco State Park. We took our dog Cane this time and he actually enjoyed the water a little bit. Caught 3 types of different bass in a single spot! Overall, great fishing spot!!.

Tags: rock bass, smallmouth bass

  1. Richard Bistline, Recreational Angler
  2. Harrisburh, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Assateague Island Shark

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Assateague Island

Richard caught and released this sand tiger shark at Assateague Island.

Tags: sand tiger shark

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