Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
A 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.
Jeff Alt, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Erik_Zlokovitz, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 8
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Tuesday Night at the White Marlin Open
Location: Ocean City
I enjoy getting down the Ocean City White Marlin occasionally for the change in scenery and there is always interesting people watching at the weigh-in! Crowds have been gathering here for years to catch a glimpse of prize-winning White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Bigeye Tuna and other species.
I worked Tuesday night, August 5th. One or two DNR biologists are on site each evening to make sure that marlin and sharks are tagged and the associated cards are filled out with boat name, Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit holder name, HMS permit number, fish length and fish weight. We also tag Bluefin Tuna, but bluefin are very rare in August at the Open.
Tuesday night turned out to be a relatively slow night at the weigh-in scale. Out of 288 boats registered, only 66 fished on Tuesday, while the rest "Layed-in" at the dock. I speculated that some boats stayed in due to Tropical Storm Bertha passing offshore. However, the word on the dock was that sea conditions were not too bad (5-6 feet max), and fishable, especially for the larger boats.
The one White Marlin landed was on the boat BAR South (Boat #15). The fish was landed by an angler from Baltimore. Lower jaw fork length was 67.5 in, weight 67 lbs. The fish did not meet the minimum weight category to qualify for the White Marlin category in the tournament leaderboard. The fish was dissected by graduate students Kate Fingles and Samantha Lucas, working in Dr. Ann Barse's lab at Dept. of Biological Sciences, Salisbury University. Dr. Barse is studying natural parasites found in White Marlin, usually in the gill area. The fish was then filleted and steaked, and the meat was donated to local homeless shelters.
In addition to the White Marlin, there was one large Wahoo, 5-6 Dolphin, and 1 or 2 Bigeye Tuna. No sharks or Blue Marlin.
I would expect more much more activity at the weigh-in on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. (August 6-8).
Conner Crummitt, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Tagging Diamond Jim
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Conner, age 10, participated in the Diamond Jim tagging trip on July 31st departing from Kent Island on the Jessie Girl Boat along the Chesapeake Bay. The trip was an incredible learning experience! Conner is shown getting an up close look at a fish just tagged. We thank everyone who made this opportunity possible for the kids!
Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 17
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Bass with Lesions
Location: Pike Branch
I put the waders on and was walking the shores of some new waters and hooked into a variety of fish. Got a little concerned when all the bass I caught, total of 2, had lesions. Is this the LMBV as stated in the annual Black Bass Review? Per Google maps the location looks to be called Pike Branch a runoff of Cameron Run. Always catch and release.
DNR Response: Lesions aren't caused by LMBV. But, lesions are pretty common during summer. During summer, handling stress or bird strikes or swimming into things in the water can all lead to small sores that develop in the skin. The sores can become infected by bacteria, especially during summer and cause more severe lesions.
Sometimes, we've collected fish with lesions and LMBV, but the two aren't linked. If a fish develops disease from LMBV, then you'd likely see it swimming haphazardly at the surface of the water and its gas bladder would be infected. Most of the time, fish with LMBV do not develop the disease. Instead, they're just carriers and look as healthy as every other fish out there. On occasion, though, when water quality is bad or handling stress is severe, then disease can develop from LMBV.
Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
- Odenton, MD
- Total Reports: 15
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JP Miller, Recreational Angler
- Mt Airy, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Barbless Lure Fishing
Location: Upper Potomac
20.5” smallie - barbless lure and 5 foot ultra light rig . Water is low but there are plenty of grass beds and rock ledges holding decent fish. For those that haven’t tried barbless, think back on all the times you have snagged an anchor rope, kayak handle, clothing, finger, net….go barbless….no sweat. And the fish release is very fast so as to be ready for more – tight lines.
Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
- Churchton, MD
- Total Reports: 13
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Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
- Bethesda, MD
- Total Reports: 13
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Where to Find the Larger Bass
Location: Upper Potomac River
Fishing on the upper Potomac has been good the past few outings. The water is low, but hydrilla has yet to take hold. I generally manage to catch 20-30 smallmouth in a few hours, but they are all small (13" and smaller). During spring, it seems everything is 17" or larger, but during the summer it is rare to catch anything over 15". Question for DNR, where do the big ones go? Any tips on catching them?
I also caught a fish with lesions all over its mouth (pictured). This was a 13" smallie and had plenty of fight in it. I was wondering what is the cause of the lesions? Any recommendations when catching fish like this?
DNR Response: The larger bass are more active than the juveniles at cooler water temperatures, generally from the mid-50s and cooler. Also, the mature bass are actively feeding during the prespawn period to secure energy and nutrients for the spawn and later aggressively defend their nests and brood. During the summer, the larger bass spread out in a variety of habitats remaining hidden near boulders and ledges when the sun is bright and the water is low and clear. They become more active during low light periods of dawn and dusk and also at night when madtoms (a small noctural member of the catfish family) are active.
The fish in the photo is most likely suffering from infections related to hooking injuries. Always try to remove hooks quickly with as little tissue damage as possible.
Michael Peters, Recreational Angler
- Hampstead, MD
- Total Reports: 20
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Stanley Redwood, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Catfish Bellies Full of Crabs
Multiple catfish caught from my pier in Pasadena. Bellies loaded with baby crabs. Explains why they are invasive and no crabs being caught this year. These catfish were caught on nightcrawlers, all weighed about 2-3 pounds each.
DNR Response: The species of catfish could not be determined with the photo.