Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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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.
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.
Sheldon Flood, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 7
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Posted on May 20, 2015 | Permalink
Those Blue Cats are Fighters
Location: Patuxent River
Good catch for the day. One carp, two blue and one channel catfish.Those blue cats sure put up a fight. All caught at Selby Landing on the Patuxent River. The big blue was 15 lbs and the smaller one was 10 lbs. Biggest I've caught in the Patuxent River so far.
Jake Ballentine, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 10
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Award Size Pickerel at Loch Raven
Location: Loch Raven
The pickerel fishing action has been great at Loch Raven this spring. My son Neil Villanueva was on a mission to catch a citation sized pickerel this weekend after losing the "big one" earlier in the week. We set out early from the fishing center on Saturday Morning and the action was great all day. By mid afternoon Neil caught a nice 25 inch fish that earned him a ticket into the Maryland Fishing Challenge. All pickerel that we kept were expertly filleted by Neil for another upcoming fish fry.
Richard Norris, Recreational Angler
- Silver Spring, MD
- Total Reports: 11
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Lower Potomac Catfishin'
Location: Mattawomen Creek
Went out of Mattawomen Creek on Saturday May 16th with my friend Jason. We caught a total of 7 Catfish (4 Blues & 3 Channels). All the Blues were at least 5lbs each. The largest Blue was almost 9lbs. The largest Channel Cat was 5lbs. All channel cats were caught & released. All the Blues were removed from the river. Body count was 4 for the day.
Patrick Stoehr, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Little Patuxent Snakhead
Location: Little Patuxent River
Patrick caught and killed a 25" Northern Snakehead in the Little Patuxent River in Odenton, MD. The spot he caught it was under a pedestrian bridge on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis trail. Patrick saw multiple other snakeheads in the same area, but could not catch them.
Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Andrew Coon, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Branson Williams, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 8
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Cats up the Creek
Location: Mattawoman Creek
It was a busy week of sampling for MDNR biologists, collecting pre-spawn blue catfish in Mattawoman Creek. Fish up to 58 lbs were electrofished and collected for diet and fecundity studies. While it seems the large males were too busy building nests to actively feed, females up to 50 lbs were gorging on crayfish, river herring, and sunfishes. Eggs for mature females run about 10-12% of the body weight of the fish; that was over 5 lbs of eggs for one big girl! We found fish near deep bends in the creek and alongside lilly pads. A few were collected in water as shallow as 2 ft. This time of year gives anglers with small boats or shoreline access a great shot to land BIG FISH! MDNR asks anglers lucky enough to catch blue catfish not to return them to the water. These fish are invasive and pose a threat to native and naturalized species in MD waters.
Vitaliy Golden, Recreational Angler
- Hampstead, MD
- Total Reports: 4
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David Redden, Recreational Angler
- St. Leonard, MD
- Total Reports: 21
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Location: Patuxent River
My father always said "If you don't know - ask an expert." I caught this little guy earlier today, he and about hundred of his brothers and sisters were very busy stealing my bait while I was on the Patuxent. I figure he is some type of minnow but being a fish nerd I'd like to know for sure.
DNR Response: It looks like a female Mummichog, Fundulus heterclitus; they are a very common bait fish in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays. The males are smaller and more brilliantly colored; fishermen often call them killifish. They are a very important link in the food chain of the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bay waters, providing a food source for wading birds, larger fish and blue crabs.