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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. Don Cosden, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 9
  3. View all reports by Don Cosden →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Dodging the Wind

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Edge of Shipping Channel

Fishing for me lately has largely meant dodging the wind. Several trips in October were spent in West and Rhode River catching perch and an occasional striper on a lee shore. On Sat. (25th) the forecast looked good so we ventured out in search of breaking fish to cast to. Unfortunately the forecast was a little inaccurate. 15 knots can whip up some mighty rough and wet conditions in a small skiff so we stayed in shallow. After several hours we had only one small rockfish. Finally the wind subsided a little we started to search the edges of the shipping channel. Plenty of fish on the depth sounder and birds searching but nothing on top so I started to jig a Ĺ oz silver buddy at the 30í contour. I was just about to give it up and Wham! Something grabbed my bait and took off. This fish made several long runs that were so fast I thought I was on to a big bluefish or maybe even a cobia. My wife finally got the net on it and we snapped and quick picture and released it. This fish looked like a prime spawner and we prefer to eat the smaller ones anyway. I later heard that fish were breaking everywhere early Sunday morning.

Tags: striped bass, perch


  1. Brenner Bookhamer, Youth Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Only One to Catch a Fish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: upper Bay
Location: Mouth of Patapsco River

I went fishing with my mommy and daddy and was the only one to catch a fish! It was really exciting and I had a lot of fun! I caught this 19" rockfish at the mouth of Patapsco River trolling on 10/27/14.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Connor Shank, Youth Angler
  2. Damascus, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

First Cast Was All it Took

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay Bridge

My dad and I went out on the bay and on my fist cast I caught this 26" striper. That was the one and only catch of the day!

Tags: striped bass


  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Looking For Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location: Maryland Stream

Just looking for some fishing fun, and boy did we find it. We put on our waders and fished a half mile stretch of this Maryland stream. Caught and released about 50 of these sunfish in about 2 hours. Throwing small spinner blades tipped with a piece of worm. Retrieve was moderate, interrupted by a pause long enough for the bait to hit the bottom. Crystal clear water made it easy to see the bite and make adjustments. The first few fish in each fishing hole struck on the retrieve, the remaining fish would strike on the pause and a few would even pick the bait up off the bottom. The rains came and ended our fun. It was wonderful while it lasted.

Tags: sunfish


  1. Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Any Lure Caught a Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Pt

Left the dock at 7 am and fished for 3 hours in the bay off Thomas Pt without a hit. The fish were there but didn't want to eat. Finally around 10 the bite started. Just about any lure caught fish. The fish were generally 20-23". The largest 26". All the fish were well fed and healthy.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Randy Richie, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

North Eastern Striper Action

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Elk/Bohemia River

I caught and released around 20 stripers using a Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil over the course of 2 days. I have never seen this much topwater action in a long time. The largest striper weighed in at 6.5 pounds.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Jamey Hamilton, Recreational Angler
  2. Colonial Beach, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Striper Action

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I appoligize that I donít have any photos, but October 28, 2014 I fished between Colonial Beach, VA and Cobb Island in about 24 ft of water, I was alone and all of the sudden the water started breaking off my bow and the birds appeared so I went through the birds and all 5 rods hit, what a thrill this was, all rockfish! I had 5 fish on boat, kept the biggest 2 about 26 inchers and released the smaller 16-18 inchers. The tide was dead low as well. Good luck fellow Anglers!

Tags: striped bass


  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Bill Boteler →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Action

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Linganore

Myself and Pat the Cat Baseler had some fine action on Lake Linganore in the evening hours. We caught numerous crappie and bluegills along with some nice size channel cats. The weather was great and the scenery beautiful. The panfish were caught with small tube jigs suspended under a bobber. The cats were caught with fresh cut bluegill on circle hooks. The bite is really good in the fall. There are many choices for the outdoors person, with fish biting and bucks moving around the woods.

Tags: crappie, bulegill, channel catfish


  1. Laura Downey, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Weems Creek Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Weems Creek

Laura caught this 24" chain pickerel from her kayak on Weems Creek in Annapolis.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Lita Denny, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 28, 2014 | Permalink

Big Black Drum

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Lita caugh this 48.25" 62lb black drum with no assist in the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Karen Ray II with Captain Curtis Johns on 10/18/2014.

Tags: black drum

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