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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. Bill Poch, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Action Starting to Pick Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Culler Lake - Backer Park

I got a chance to get out on my lunch break Thursday 3/26 to take advantage of the nice weather before it rained. My trip paid off with a 5.32 lb largemouth. Looks like the action is going to start picking up.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Bob Wildberger, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Start the Season With a Citation

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle River

I went fishing at Wilson Point Park on 3/22. I was using live minnows 2' below a float. It was a slow day, till this 26" chain pickerel struck. Was nice to get my 1st citation for the season! Also it seems like the yellow perch have moved out since the thaw of the ice.

Tags: chain pickerel, yellow perch


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Lake Elkhorn Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

I went bass fishing yesterday at Lake Elkhorn near the dam, at lunch for an hour. No bass caught but I did catch a rainbow trout on a lipless crankbait!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Neal Murray, Recreational Angler
  2. Solomons, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 27, 2015 | Permalink

St. Mary's Lake Grand Slam

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: St. Mary's Lake

I got a St. Mary's Lake grand slam on Tuesday. I had 2 crappie, a pickerel, a bass and a bluegill. It was very overcast and windy on the lake. Water is a bit stained right now. I fished a cove to the left of the boat ramp. The wind wasn't as bad back in there. I used a chartreuse jig that I dragged across the bottom.

Tags: crappie, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, bluegill


  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on March 27, 2015 | Permalink

My First Fish This Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore County Pond

First fish of the year!! Went fishing at a local pond in Baltimore County. I caught a 3.32 lb largemouth bass about 30 minutes into it. It was my second bass on an artificial lure white/chartreuse Spinnerbait with a swim n elite Bass Pro shops trailer (slow rolling it). Temp was in the 70's at 6:48pm, semi-cloudy first warm day past 52 degrees this spring. I can't wait for the big prespawn females.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on March 27, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Out Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

With the ice finally leaving our local waters I have had a chance to slip in a few trips for the early crappie and bluegill bite. Most of these fish were taken on slim profile 1/80th ounce thread-bodied hair jigs tipped with maggots and suspended 5 to 6 feet below sensitive floats. Looking for the action to pick up as the weather improves. Here are a few pics…

Tags: crappie, bluegill


  1. Jonathan Mikeska, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 27, 2015 | Permalink

Kayak Fishing the Magothy

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy River

First fish of the year, caught on the Magothy River on 3/24/15 from a kayak.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 27, 2015 | Permalink

Perch Fun!

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Central
Location: St. Pauls

Attached is a photo of Curt Soukup and Keith Albright hoisting their limits of Big Neds at St. Pauls. Fishing was great using grass shrimp but the minnows worked best for the bigger spawned out perch. Several crappies and bluegills were caught as well.

Tags: yellow perch, crappie, bluegill


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 48
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Looking For Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Antietam Creek and Beaver Creek

I just got back from fishing Antietam Creek and the Catch and Release Fly Fishing section of Beaver Creek. I fished in the afternoon at Antietam Creek near the bridge hoping for some early season rainbows. I did not have much luck but managed to hook a pretty 12-13" smallmouth bass on a wooly bugger. The fish fought hard making me think it was a big rainbow trout. After a couple of photos I put it back.

The smallmouth was my first fish of 2015. I did not catch anything else at Antietam Creek so I decided to go up to the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Section of Beaver Creek to fish in the evening. Had a couple of small brown trouts bite on a nymph pattern but could not hook them. I am looking forward to the weekend and the opening of all the put and take trout streams in Maryland. It could snow on Saturday but maybe not too much. Tight lines.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Neal Murray, Recreational Angler
  2. Solomons, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 24, 2015 | Permalink

Good Day Fishing in PG County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: PG County Pond

I fished a Prince George County pond on 3/23. I was using rapala countdowns & husky jerks. I ended the day with 14 fish - 11 pickerel and 3 bass. Best pickerel was 22 inches while the big bass measured 15 inches. No big strikes today. Light winds on the water with full sun and no clouds. A stop and go retrieve seemed to work well.

Tags: Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass

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