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.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 39
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Black Sea Bass Fishing Still Good
Location: Ocean City
The Black Sea Bass fishing off the coast of Ocean City Maryland is still good though Chopper Bluefish like to steal your catch. The trip out to the the fishing spot was a little rough going against an east wind. The mate of the boat handed out chewable Dramamine tablets and that helped. After about a 2 and 1/2 hour ride we arrived at our spot. Action was consistent though Dogfish Sharks kept taking our baits often taking both hooks. Captain decided to switch spots and thankfully the Dogfish were less of problem only to be replaced by Chopper Bluefish that would bite off half of the body of a Black Sea Bass. It was impossible to reel the sea bass in fast enough to avoid the big blues. There would be the normal fight of the sea bass until about 1/2 of the way up and then a series of strong pulls followed by dead wait. I probably lost at least 5 keepers to the Bluefish. Eventually I hooked a Big Bluefish that took the entire sea bass I was reeling in and put up a tough battle but spit out the hook just soon as the mate was to hit it with the gaff. The largest Bluefish of 15 lbs was caught by the captain of the boat. Sea bass action continued with a steady take of keepers and I wound up with 14 by day's end. The big Bluefish are fun and fight hard though they are not very good to eat. Tight lines all.
Dave Thompson, Recreational Angler
- Gathersburg, MD
- Total Reports: 17
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Bass Still Biting out West
Location: Upper Potomac River
The Smallmouth Bass are still biting. With the cooling water temperatures look for areas that are slightly deeper than the surrounding bottom contour combined with something to break the current. An example would be a riverbed scour hole with a rock ledge directly up river to slow or deflect the force of the river current.
Saturday I had some luck with a Netbait Mini B Bug soft plastic on a 1/8th ounce Confidence Baits Draggin' Head. I would make a cast and allow the lure to glide to the bottom. The retrieve is a short pull, looking to bump the lure forward 5 inches or so, with long pauses allowing the lure to sit motionless on the river bottom. The bass on Saturday were striking the lure during the pause.
Jay Pendell Jones, Recreational Angler
- Baltimore, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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Fishing at the Harbor
Region: Upper Bay
I got the chance to hit the harbor this afternoon for about 3 hours. Just about every 30 - 45 minutes fish would break in this area very actively for maybe 10 minutes. I caught two White Perch, and the pictured, approximately 14 inch rock.
All the activity was over 45 - 50 feet of water in front of the approach to the piers. I was jigging the bottom with a 1 oz crippled herring spoon and a shad dart tied on about a foot above. I haven't had much luck trying to troll from my kayak, but this lure combo has pulled in lots of White Perch this year.
Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 9
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Scott Sewell, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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November Tidal Bass Fishing
Location: Middle River, Gunpowder River
Scott has been doing a lot of fishing for largemouth's this month. Fishing for Largemouth Bass in tidal water is still going good. Here's picture of Scott with 2 of his 5 fish weighed in at a club tournament on November 2nd. Both were caught & released in yhe Middle River. His biggest bass weighed 4.70 lbs.
November 15th this healthy largemouth was caught in Middle River. The fish fell for a 6" watermelon senko in about 4' of water. The fish was immediately relesed after the photo was taken.
On November 17th another healthy Largemouth Bass was caught in the Gunpowder River. White spinnerbait was used near the train bridge.
Phil Merling, Recreational Angler
- Cumberland, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Western MD Smallmouth
Location: Upper Potomac
This smallmouth was caught in the Potomac River near the Allegany Fairgrounds on Sunday November 17. I caught 12 just like the photo in about two hours. The Potomac River from Westerport to Cumberland is some of the best smallmouth fishing in the country. And if you fish it please catch and release because itís the right thing to do plus it's the law on that part of the river!!!!! I remember when that part of the river was dead due to factory pollution. Thank you Maryland DNR for fixing that part of the Potomac and creating one of the best stretches of smallmouth fishing in the country!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!
K C Lee, Recreational Angler
- Columbia MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Fish ID Please
Location: Patapsco Park
I was wondering if you could help me identify the attached picture! I was fishing in Patapsco Park for fun and hooked this strange looking fish. Thanks for your help!
DNR Response: You caught a Fallfish.
Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 4
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Erik Hill, Recreational Angler
- Bel Air, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Craig McHenry, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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