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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 30
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Posted on July 11, 2014 | Permalink

Small Waters Remain Hot

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Local Ponds

I was fortunate to fish several times last week and the panfishing and bass fishing continues to be top-notch in small public and private venues along the Mason Dixon Line. In three small lake outings we totaled 148 panfish to include bluegills, redear sunfish, pumpkinseeds and what I believe to be a young coppernose bluegill. The fish was a deep purple on it's flanks and had a distinct greenish -gold blotch above the eye on it's forehead and pronounced black scales on the cheeks. Larger than average size eyes are also a trait of the coppernose. I think this is a proper ID…any response would be helpful.

Are there any lakes or ponds where the coppernose bluegill could be in Maryland waters? I would think that they could possibly be in some southern Maryland tidal flows or perhaps the Eastern Shores Pocomoke River or the Blackwater River. This fish was caught near the Mason Dixon Line in a small private pond…the northernmost water I have ever seen one. Prior to this catch, the furthest north I have encountered them was the tidewater lakes of Suffolk County, VA.

The panfish are spawning for a second time as I continue to see robust males but fewer ripe females. Great fishing for family and the pros alike!

DNR Response: We do not consider the "Coppernose" bluegill to be a different species or sub-species of Bluegill in our surveys or data collection. The Coppernose that you are catching are definitely an unusual coloration of bluegill that is not usually seen in Central MD. Our hatchery program did purchase and stock "Coppernose" Bluegill for some children's fishing events years ago.

Tags: Bluegill, Coppernose Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Pumkinseed


  1. John Bent, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 11, 2014 | Permalink

Yes There are Largemouth in Essex

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle River

I fish the area around Middle River a lot and there are fish here and no you’re not to catch one every cast or large stringers but you can catch them. It’s not fair to compare it to the Potomac or any other body of water. No the rivers not dead you just have to work a little harder to catch them.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Brian Graham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 11, 2014 | Permalink

Freshwater Striper

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Central MD Reservoir

Angler Brian Graham with a nice Central Maryland reservoir striper.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 10, 2014 | Permalink

Lost Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lost Lake

Two Bass in the heat of the day. I was on fire.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on July 10, 2014 | Permalink

Lots of Bluegills at Gilbert Run

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Gilbert Run Park

I went fishing yesterday at Gilbert Run Park with my dad. I caught a lot of Bluegill and I saw a lot of ducks too. I had a really fun day and I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Bluegill


  1. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 10, 2014 | Permalink

Breton Bay Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

Catching puppy drum in the Breton Bay today. Off of beetle spins. Bluefish also moving in and biting on beetle spins rigged with (1/8oz) neon green bucktails. The perch are still biting very well and are still coming in at the 10-13 inch range.

Tags: Red Drum, Bluefish, White Perch


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Balto County Mixed Bag

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven and Upper Gunpowder

This report is from the past holiday weekend. Caught a few Chain Pickerel from Loch Raven, while running spoons over the grass beds. Catch and release of course. Also fished in the upper Gunpowder, near the NCR trail, in various put and take areas. The trout bite was excellent in the morning hours. Kept a few hatchery raised fish for eating, and released all the smaller browns, along with a few tiny Smallmouth Bass. Drifting small nightcrawler pieces along the bottom was the most effective technique. Tight lines!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Joe Guinther, Recreational Angler
  2. Leesburg, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

41 Inch Catch and Release Muskie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Here is a picture of the 41 inch muskie that I caught and released on 7/7/2014 in the upper Potomac.

Tags: Muskie


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Today I went to Lake Elkhorn on me lunch break from 12 to 1. I only caught one bass. It was 18 inches and weighed 2.66 I caught it on a Texas rigged culprit 7.5 worm in tomato color.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Michael Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. Abingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Monster Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle River

I caught this monster perch at a marina on Middle River around noon on a gold spoon. I thought he was a nice sized largemouth cooling off under the dock but after my 3rd pitch he went after it. It's easily the largest perch I have ever caught but 1 of my buddies is saying he thinks it's a perch smallie hybrid. Your thoughts? Had to weight about 2lbs easy.

DNR Response: That is one whopper Yellow Perch for sure. As far as a Yellow Perch x Smallmouth Bass Hybrid; we do not believe that is possible.

Tags: Yellow Perch

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