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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.

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. Joshua Lerche, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Joshua Lerche →

Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Good Day at Piney Run

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run

Location: Piney Run Carroll County MD
Date: 7/6/2014
Tackle Used: 1/4 Oz Double Blade Skirted Spinner Bait
Caught in 4-6 feet of water near lily pads; early morning
Caught and released after photo.

We also got into some Yellow Perch on minnows and one 10" crappie. They were kept for the pan. All in all a great day out on the water.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie


  1. Gary Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Reisterstown
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Liberty Perch are Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Sunday 7-6-14 was a great day on the water at Liberty. The larger White Perch have finally moved down. Only 3 hrs fishing and caught 17 with a few lost or released. Largest one was 11.

Tags: White Perch


  1. David Joiner, Recreational Angler
  2. Worton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Pond Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Kent County Pond

I caught this bass on July 6 in a private pond in Betterton on a chatterbait. Weighed just under 8 pounds.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Mark Anders, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Diamond Jim Tagging Trip

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Mark, 10 years old was fishing on June 26 aboard the Red Osprey with the DNR tagging Diamond Jim fish. Here is his catch.

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging


  1. CJ Dorman, Recreational Angler
  2. Mount Airy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Charter Fishing with Friends

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Took a few friends out on the charterboat Megabite out of Edgewater last week and had a great time! The captain got us on the fish then cleaned and bagged the filets once we returned to the dock.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Shawn Kimbro, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Reds, Blondes, & Blues

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Eastern Bay

My son Jacob and his girlfriend Rachel are visiting for the holiday weekend. We left Shipping Creek late Saturday afternoon for the short run across to St. Michaels for the fireworks . Despite the nice weather, there weren't many boats fishing Eastern Bay, although I could see what looked like at least a hundred off in the distance out near the Hill. Not long after leaving the dock I noticed some breakers over a well-known oyster hump so decided to stop and throw some topwater spooks. The fish weren't concentrated, but spread out over about an acre and blowing up here and there. It was rockfish with some blues mixed in, mostly 2011 class fish in the 16-19 inch range.

The incoming current was running pretty good and I eventually drifted over a drop-off from 17-24 and saw some marks on my fish finder I haven't seen since about this time last summer. I had a chartreuse BKD streaked with red garlic dye tied on, so I casted back over the ledge and let the jig ride the bottom popping it up once in a while. Thump! Oh yeah, quick head shakes at first then a nice strong run told me just what I was hoping for. Reds! Maybe they rode the incoming in ahead of the storm last weekend. First one in the boat was 23 inches.

I quickly rigged another outfit with a 6" Gulp jerk shad on a 3/4 ounce head and handed it to Rachel while Jacob tied the same thing onto his baitcaster. My instructions were to just let it drop until the line goes slack, then jerk up a little and let it drift back down to the bottom and try to never get slack in your line. The fish were holding very tight on the ledge, right on the bottom in just a 4-foot-wide strip, so I had to reposition the boat frequently. Things got pretty crazy for a few minutes. Jacob landed a couple of blues and I turned around to see Rachel's rod bent. I thought she might have hooked a cownose ray but sure enough it was another nice red, this one about 31 inches. Jacob followed with another high 20's red and I landed one and lost one. Then, the little rockfish moved back onto the ledge. I think the reds were still there, but the rockfish were getting to the jigs first. That was the end of it so we turned the corner into St. Michaels to watch the fireworks. All the fish were released to fight again.

Tags: Bluefish, Striped Bass, Red Drum


  1. Zeljko Koretic, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Millers Island Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Millers Island

Some nice rocks from Millers island, live lining perch. They were 29" and 26".

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Chris Sadler, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Heavy Susquehanna Largemouth

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River State Park

Caught this really nice, heavy largemouth at the Susquehanna State Park on the morning of July 6th on a white bass assassin. Didn't have a measuring tape or scale but I would guess it was approximately 7-8lbs and about 18".

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Cassandra Reed, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Port Tobacco Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Port Tobacco

Myself, and David Williams went fishing for Northern Snakehead, with our "sexy frogs" and kayaks loaded...We caught two out of Port Tobacco! I got a Citation size 33.5 inches 11.5 lbs.!!! Woo Hoo!

Going back for more! Great 4th of July!!

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Davey Nelson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Matapeake Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Matapeake Pier

This salt water eel was caught around 3am on 6/30 at the Matapeake Pier on Kent Island. It came in just under 24 inches. Would this be an American eel?

It definitely not what I was targeting or expecting. I was using cut blue crab on a pretty big circle hook. This guy fought hard. I was surprised. My first eel.

My friend caught two catfish, this is the larger one coming in at 26 inches. We gave them away.

DNR Response: Yes, that is an American Eel.

Tags: American Eel, Channel Catfish

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