Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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There will be a 2013 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.
Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 13
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Posted on October 25, 2013 | Permalink
Susquehanna Flats Mix
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats
Another day on the Susquehanna Flats and I caught this 6 pound channel cat and another 5 pound channel cat. I also did a little lure fishing and got a few smaller White Perch and a small rockfish. I lost a nice fish that took my drag as if there was a boat on the other end and took the line right into a sunken tree.
Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
- Shady Side, MD
- Total Reports: 10
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Posted on October 25, 2013 | Permalink
Last Crabs of the Season
Location: West/Rhode River
Caught the med-high outing tide and managed to get a ¼ bushel of last crabs of the season, (wind was terrible) this past Sunday, 10/20/2013 most were 6”+ and one 8” Till NEXT YEAR!
Matthew Riggleman, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Farm Pond Largemouth
Location: Anne Arundel County Farm Pond
Matthew Riggleman caught this Largemouth Bass in a farm pond in A.A. County . It was a fun catch that took a few minutes to get it in. It was caught using 5"red and black senko.
Randy Rowland, Recreational Angler
- Glen Burnie, MD
- Total Reports: 4
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Location: Patuxent River, Jug Bay Area
I caught this 14 lb Mirror Carp on Oct. 22, along with this 12 lb Common Carp, and 3 other Common Carp, all on a falling tide. Water temperature was 60 degrees, with no wind, it was a nice day on the river.
Roger Spurgeon, Recreational Angler
- Chestertown, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 38
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My Best Bass of the Year
Location: Widewater on the C&O Canal
The C&O Canal is open for fishing and I decided to take advantage of the new opportunity to try for Largemouth Bass. I first went to Swain's Lock and hoped that the weedy cover and logs would hold some fish. I did not get a single bite in spite of trying many places along the 2 mile walk south toward Washington DC. I did not see much activity or any fish in the water. I talked to another angler there and he said the canal appeared to be devoid of fish. I then drove to another place which was Widewater on the canal and had better luck. The fall foliage is at peak and pretty in the late afternoon sun at various places so be sure to bring your camera to take photos. I fished my favorite place and hooked a nice bass on a plastic worm and had him on for a little while before the hook came out. I waited a little while and then put on a big white spinnerbait. As I was retrieving it I snagged the bottom then the snag started to zig zag and pull out line. The big bass put on a stubborn battle diving deep for the bottom but I finally got it in. It weighed about 5 lbs or better. Best fish of the year so far. One photo is of fall foliage at Widewater and other is of my fish which I released.
Gordon Coggins Sr., Recreational Angler
- Reisterstown, MD
- Total Reports: 5
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Brian Kelm, Recreational Angler
- Ellicott City, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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Q and A: Fly Fishing for Stocked Trout
Location: Little Patuxent, Middle Patuxent, North Branch Patapsco, Daniels Dam, Morgan Run
After signing up for, and getting the DNR email about the recent stockings in my area last week I hit a few of the rivers this weekend (Little Patuxent, Middle Patuxent, North Branch Patapsco, Daniels Dam). Most of them are local to me so I've fished them with regular success scores of times. I know the holes and usually what the trout are eating. The strange thing about this weekend was that not only did I not catch any trout in the stocked rivers (except for one fresh rainbow), I didn't even see any! The water was very clear but all of the usual holes were empty. However, I did see several large, dead rainbows on the bottom in the Middle Patuxent.
I finally gave up and went to Morgan Run and hooked up with the usual local browns (see pic). This is the first year I've paid attention to the stocking calendar and my questions are; Do fresh stocked fish cause issues I'm not aware of? Do many of them die? Do they disrupt the feeding cycle? Are they eating bugs right away? Do they spook the local fish? Do they need time to adjust? Any insight would be helpful.
DNR Response: Do fresh stocked fish cause issues I'm not aware of? Yes, stocking hatchery trout into wild trout streams can impact the behavior and distribution of wild trout, generally the hatchery trout are more aggressive and push the wild trout out of the better feeding areas. There is also the potential to introduce diseases or parasites if biosecurity measures are not in place or adequate. MD DNR Fisheries has a policy of not stocking put and take trout into wild trout streams, this policy is upheld in almost all our put and take streams with a few exceptions that have been “grandfathered in” due to our long history of stocking certain streams. There are lots of scientific literature studies that explore this issue in many different ways. Do many of them die? No, usually mortality among the stocked trout is low. Do they disrupt the feeding cycle? Yes, they can impact the feeding behavior of wild trout that are already present in the stream. Are they eating bugs right away? Usually it takes some time, before hatchery trout adapt to feeding on natural food items, however they will instinctively feed on anything that looks like food. Do they spook the local fish? Yes, see previous answers. Do they need time to adjust? Yes, see previous answers.
Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 6
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Great Catch By 5 Year Old
Location: Calvert Cliff State Park Pond
Nathan, age 5 caught this nice Rainbow Trout while fishing at Calvert Cliff State Park on 10/20/2013 right after his baseball game. He was using an ultra light rod with spinning reel and 4lb. Mono. His bait of choice was two whole corn kernels from a can on a size 12 salmon egg hook.
Lorne Streets, Recreational Angler
- Salisbury, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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