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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. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 23
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Posted on December 10, 2014 | Permalink

Two Personal Bests

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

While shore fishing for pickerel at Loch Raven late Friday, December 5th in a 40 degree drizzle, I was totally shocked that a lunker largemouth hit my delicate fly spinner in a Micky Finn pattern. When I first saw that big football shape rise to the surface, I knew I was about to try and land a career bass! A hasty measure of his length (21") and girth (17") placed the fish conservatively at 6 pounds, doubling the weight of my previous best bass. I got this quick photo before I released him to grow even bigger for the next lucky angler he'll encounter.

It was only on the way home that I realized I should have been more accurate with my measurement in order to receive a Citation Certificate from the DNR, since that length for a largemouth is 21".

Amazingly, the next day, Saturday, Dec. 6th, again around dusk in a steady rain this time, using the same lure, I did get a hit, a surface strike which I actually saw, from my target species, the chain pickerel. This too looked like it was going to be a career catch. It was indeed my biggest pickerel ever, weighing in at 2.64 pounds and measuring 23 1/2 inches, but just shy of the Citation Certificate length of 24 inches.

I never thought I'd shatter not one but two personal records and two near-citations on a bitter gloomy December weekend. Sure glad I brought the camera!

Tags: chain pickerel, largemouth bass


  1. Janet Kuffour, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 10, 2014 | Permalink

Little Senca Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Senca Lake

Nice yellow perch caught Tuesday morning, low light about 32 degrees out at Little Senca Lake in Black Hills Park, caught some crappies as well. I've been trying to figure out what type of bait fish the lake holds. I'm trying to match my baits for crappies.

Tags:  yellow perch, crappie


  1. Wes Pollard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 10, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing in the Rain

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Good bite on the Patuxent. 18 - 28in rockfish on 6in bkd. Made sitting in the rain worth it. Caught and released over twenty. The birds showed the way.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Not Time to Retire the Tackle Yet

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Lower Potomac

Myself, Craig Harlow, and Steve Polock fished the lower Potomac on a flood tide with fresh cut bait. Caught about 300 lb of invasive Blue Catfish in 2 hours of fishing. Two fish were pushing 50 lbs. As long as you can find fresh bait, I would think that the cats will be biting. Find a flat on the lower Potomac around 10 to 20 feet deep and help remove these delicious fish from the river. We like to cut into fingers and deep fry.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 47
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing With Bare Hooks

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Offshore of Ocean City Maryland

I just got back from another fishing trip to Ocean City Maryland with a limit of sea bass. I boarded the Morning Star headboat on Friday and we left early for an extended trip. After traveling for 3 & 1/2 hours we arrived at our spot. The day did not start well for me as I hooked a dog shark and waited for the mate to help me get it off. I rebaited and started to catch sea bass. The captain came over to my side of the boat and suggested large silver bare circle hooks. I did not think they would work but they did and I caught at least 7 keepers without bait. Just jigging the hooks a little and then letting them sit would get a bite. This is the first time I ever fished with bare hooks and caught something. After awhile the bite wore off and I started to bait the hooks. That brought the bluefish and I came up with just the head of a sea bass. I let the head of the fish stay on my line and lowered it down only to have a big bluefish grab it and then the fish cut me off. Must have been a big one. The captain of the boat hooked a nice bluefish which he managed to bring in. I continued to fish with the bare circle hooks sometimes with bait and often hooking double header keepers. I limited out by 11:30 AM and the boat limited by 12:00 PM. It took the boat just 2 & 1/2 hours to limit out and weather was calm-a perfect day. I hope this great fishing continues as a limit is guaranteed. Played the fish pool and got beat again with my fish in second place-that is gambling. After arriving back at the dock I packed up the car and headed over to the inlet for striped bass as I had some extra time. The tide was going out and after tossing a bucktail for an hour or so I gave up. There were no bites. Maybe staying for the incoming tide would have been a good idea but it was time to go home.

Tags: black sea bass, bluefish, striped bass


  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Good Gunpowder Mix

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

Got out Friday December 5th for a few hours on the Gunpowder...it was a dreary afternoon...nonetheless, the fish were chomping on our tiny jigs...we caught over a hundred fish in a few hours...we caught crappie...yellow perch...bluegill...bass...and one pickerel...it's been a while since I saw a bite without bait this late, this good...the water temp was 43 degrees...with the fishing still this good...it kinda makes it hard to hunt...hope everyone is getting to enjoy our Maryland outdoors!

Tags: crappie, bluegill, bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch


  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliffs Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert Cliffs Pond

Having some time this morning I decided to head to Calvert Cliffs State Park for a little while. I thought I might try a jerk bait for a little bit to see if I could get a bass to bite. I had no luck with that presentation so I decided to switch to a Matzuo crankbait. I was able to cast to a couple of spots, just outside of a few tree limbs. A crank or two to get it down and I'd wait, a couple more and I was hooked up. At first I thought it was a largemouth, but to my surprise I found this guy at the end of my line. I guess this one has eluded all the fishermen who come down right after stocking. I snapped a photo or two and then released it back into the water.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Paul Musser, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Point Lockout Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Point Lookout

Paul Musser caught this 25 pound rockfish at Point Lookout this week.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Great Day Trolling

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Middle Bay

Great day trolling, a couple of 27" inch fish in the middle bay area.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 42
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Posted on December 2, 2014 | Permalink

Down-Sizing for Cold Water Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Managed to enjoy the warm weather of December 1st with a nice catch of bluegills, crappies, bass and redear sunfish using 1/100th oz jigs tipped with bait on 2 pound fluorocarbon line, suspending the jigs at 5 ft down over the tops of still green weeds. Nothing big, but great fun on a warm December day. Totaled 53 fish, all released. Here are a few pics, including a black-nosed crappie…

Tags: bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, redear sunfish

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