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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. Adam Nolder, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 24, 2015 | Permalink

Cownose Ray

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

I saw some cownose rays in the Patapsco River near the intersection with the Stoney Creek in AACo. There were dozens of them. I've lived in Stoney Beach for four years an never seen them before. I wonder if they are why nobody is pulling up crabs. Are they considered an invasive species?

DNR Response: The cownose ray is not an invasive species. They usualy visit the lower and middle Chesapeake Bay from May to October, traveling as far north as Kent Island. In autumn, the rays leave the Bay for southern coastal waters.

Tags: cownose ray

  1. Dan Horgan, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Looking Crappie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Private pond

Dan caught this black crappie in Bel Air, MD at a private pond. He was using a Mr Twister 2 inch chartreuse grub.

Tags: black crappie

  1. William Flint, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Pond Hopping

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Whetstone in Montgomery Village

I end up having an unexpected fishing outing while the wife was helping a friend. I drove between a couple of ponds in Gaithersburg when this one hit my Terminator 1/8 oz Pink Trout inline while finesse fishing near over-hanging trees. I was glad I was able release it so a kid might catch it someday and become hooked on fishing.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Dale Fairall, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Caught One Snakehead But Lots of Babies in the Water

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Cambridge

I caught one snakehead. It was approximately 24-28 inches . I measured my shoe when I got home and it was 12". I used a live minnow to catch the snakehead. I was in Cambridge. MD, I took Airey Rd just pass the Wal-Mart, made a right after Cindy's (Red Building) I think it is a restaurant and followed that road for several miles until I came to the first Bridge with a boat ramp.

My wife saw a bunch of little things swimming around and thought they were water beetles. They kept moving and going down under the water and coming back up. At first I could not tell what they were. Then all of a sudden I saw the snakehead. I realized that they were the babies of the snakehead. I threw my minnow at the snakehead babies and then the fight was on. I went back to see if I could see any more snakeheads. All I saw was 3 more pods of babies snakeheads. They were to the right of the ramp by the lily pads.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Stansbury Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Stansbury Park

I did a little fishing after work on Friday with my cousin. We went down to Stansbury Park to catch bait for Saturday and Sunday fishing trips. We were there for about a hour and a half and caught 7 white perch.

Tags: white perch

  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

At It Again

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing on the West River with their parents on Saturday June 20. They caught 18 crabs using a trout line.

Tags: blue crabs

  1. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Waiting on Croaker, Caught a Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Wyatt caught a perch in the Patuxent River. We were patiently waiting for the croaker to make there way up to us, they have yet to arrive.

Tags: white perch

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Brown

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught this brown trout in the Gunpowder River in Sparks, MD last week, on 6/13/15. It weighed over 5 lbs, and measured 24". Despite the 90+ degree summer weather, the fish were still biting actively on live nightcrawlers.

Tags: brown trout

  1. Ralph Pratt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Smallies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

On 6/19/2015 I actually caught and released 3 smallmouth bass. One flopped out of the boat. I was on the Potomac near the Brunswick Bridge using a rattletrap shad lure. I was only fishing 1/2 hr due to boat problems.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Michael Reynolds, Recreational Angler
  2. Manchester, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Largemouth at Piney Run Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

Michael caught this 21.75 inch largemouth bass on 6/19/2015 at Piney Run Park.

Tags: largemouth bass

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