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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. Rachel Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

End of Year Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

I went fishing for the last time this year with my brother. I had some nice bites on some bluegill and some catfish. It's been a very good year fishing with my family I hope next year will be even better.

Tags: bluegill, catfish

  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

5lb Largemouth in Landsdowne

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Hillcrest Park

I have been studying and researching about largemouth this entire year. I mean reading up on rod power and action, you name it. Basically dove head first into bass fishing. You really do learn something everyday in this sport if your doing it hard enough. They have a pond at Hillcrest Park in Lansdowne and I went there for the first time to fish today with my son and my friend Erick. After the first hour of seeing how things were, I'm jigging a 3/16 oz shaky head green pumpkin Zoom Fat Albert grub (pop, pop, pause) on and the line felt heavier all of a sudden (textbook hook setting time) reeled and leaned into this hog below. Weather was low 50's but couldn't ask for better wind SSW2-3mph. 19 inches.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Dave Bryson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 23, 2014 | Permalink

Fat Perch at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Bundled up to fish from shore at Deep Creek Lake where we are renting a house for the weekend. After reading the December 17 fishing report, I decided to see what might bite a white crappie jig on a pink head fished 5' under a bobber.

First cast I let the wind drift the bait down shore and the bobber disappeared five minutes into the drift. Assumed it snagged on a branch, but turned out to be a 6.2 lb pickerel. After some photos and a quick release, I returned to fishing and a few drifts later landed what I now know would have been the new MD State record for Yellow Perch - just shy of four pounds and a HUGE belly.

Going to try drifting live worms this afternoon and tomorrow to see what happens. Love being the only one fishing DCL and having great success.

Tags: yellow perch, chain pickerel

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 23, 2014 | Permalink

Gunpowder Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught a rainbow trout in the Gunpowder River along with a few others this past Monday, December 15th. Who could pass up an opportunity to catch fish on a 50 winter day? Spinners were the preferred lure of the day. Thanks to the DNR stocking efforts, there are plenty of fish to last the entire year!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs

Monday, 12-15-14

20' Walkaround

Nature blessed the last day of striper season with a flat calm, making a nice day for me and my two guests. I planned to try deep trolling in 50-65 feet of water through some holes on the west side of the channel. We marked a few fish at 55-60 foot depths, but were unable to work the deep holes because several watermen were set up there. It appeared that they had crab pots set deep right in the holes and were standing by to retrieve them. Trolling east of the pots in 70 feet, we marked a few more fish deep, but no takers.

There was a fleet over behind Summer Gooses, but after moving over that way for a look see we found they were watermen, maybe mechanical oyster dredge rigs. I picked up gear in time to try the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm water discharge an hour before the predicted ebb. We marked many baitfish and eventually my Dragonfly downvision marked a school of fish on the bottom to no more than 3' off the bottom about 600-700 yards east of the discharge in about 20-25' of water. By this time, we had an 18" speckled trout on a 7" yellow hot-rodded Hogy bait, and a 15" speckled trout and a 17-1/2" striper (released) on a purple 6" BKD (blue and sliver BKD covered in red garlic dye) with a hot-rodded 1-1/2 oz jig head. A light southerly breeze had picked up creating a rip on the south side of the stream, and the fish we caught were generally over on that side of the stream. The school we marked was probably specs given fishing results. Several other boats were fishing the discharge stream with no luck.

Thanks again to Shawn Kembro's light tackle fishing tips (new book is great!) and also Walleye Pete Dahlberg for teaching me how to fish the discharge stream. Shawn's and Pete's tips made the difference today. I was using my left-handed baitcaster with braid and a short shock leader, thinking down the line technique wise. The left-handed baitcaster feels natural to this righthander after years of using spinning reels.

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Bite Out of Control on the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

So the bite is incredibly out of control on the Gunpowder...I took two friends out today and we absolutely hammered the fish...we caught easily over 300 fish between us...bass...crappie...yellow perch...bluegill...the fish are smoking our baits...small jigs under a float are the ticket...every single place we fished held fish...the fish are healthy and fat...the water temp is a measly 38 degrees...and they are biting like piranhas...this has been an exceptional year for all places I've had the opportunity to fish...I love fishing in Maryland!

Tags: largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill

  1. David Carrodine, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

My Big Catch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Gum Thicket

42" rockfish caught on 4 arm umbrella rig, trolling east side of the shipping channel - Gum Thickets- in 80 feet of water. Rainy days are better! Caught around 1:30 pm on Sat Dec 6.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Christopher Phillips, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Big Fish at Love Point

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Love Point

Fishing on One And Done at Love Point high tide. We check the fish in at Cobes. The fish was 52.5 inches long 58.5 pounds.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing the Upper Savage

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

I was able to get out to the Upper Savage River for a few hours today (12/17/14). It has been a while since my last trip and decided to fish the Put and Take area to target brook trout. It was a successful trip with one brook trout a little over 10 inches (pictured) as well as other bookies in the 6-8 inch size class. I was also able to land a couple of stocked rainbows with the largest at 13 inches. Nothing spectacular but fun to catch! All fish were caught while nymphing larger pools.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout

  1. John McMullen, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on December 18, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie Fishing on Fire

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Crappie fishing in the upper bay is on fire!

Tags: crappie

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