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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.
Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
- Annadale, VA
- Total Reports: 16
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Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs
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.
Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 10
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Bite Out of Control on the 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!
David Carrodine, Recreational Angler
- Annapolis, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Christopher Phillips, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
- Oakland, Maryland
- Total Reports: 6
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Fishing the Upper Savage
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.
John McMullen, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 5
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Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
- Finzel / Frostburg MD
- Total Reports: 26
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Clear Water, Colorful Trout
Location: Upper Savage River
Took a break from hunting on 12-13-14 and went fishing with Dad to Savage River. We both caught and released 2 very colorful rainbow trouts and missed a couple others. The water has good flow and is clear.
Lisa Hopps, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Eastern Shore Bass
Location: local ponds
Lisa Hopps, disabled fanatic fisherman, caught two bass weighing 6 and 3 lbs. on public eastern shore ponds on 12/11/14. The air and water temperature was 41 degrees with cloudy skies and a slight wind. She used spinnerbaits off the bottom with a large plastic grub.
Connor Morgan, Recreational Angler
- Annandale, VA
- Total Reports: 1
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Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 45
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Posted on December 12, 2014 | Permalink
Big Gills in 38 Degree Water
Location: Local Pond
Had to scale way down to a 1/200th ounce Trout Magnet tipped with a tiny piece of worm for some quality panfish. The largest bluegills were in among submerged primrose stalks along the banks of a local pond. Two day total was 56 in 38 degree water...all on 2 pound test line. Hope to get out a few more times before the new year. Best bluegill was 10.25 inches, all released.