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Chesapeake Catch helps Maryland anglers collect and share data about Chesapeake Bay sport fish – for fun and for conservation. Please join us by creating an account on this site, and downloading the data-reporting app, to become part of recreational anglers’ stronger voice in fisheries management. Sport fishing cannot be monitored at a dock. It’s up to us to deliver enough important information from our own boats and banks. Download the Chesapeake Catch app now, and let your fishing trips make a difference.

Steve Linhard


Fishes both coastal waters out of Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md. and the Chesapeake Bay out of Annapolis and is the owner/operator of F/V HOT TUNA. He serves on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the NOAA Highly Migratory Species and ICCAT advisory panels and has been involved closely with the MD DNR in many state-wide fisheries management issues. Steve is also active on the boards of several organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Ed Liccione


An avid angler of the Eastern Bay area, Ed also fishes regularly in Florida and has won several tournaments in both places. Ed is president of CCA-MD.

Shawn Kimbro


He is recognized as a leading voice for light tackle fishing. He is the author of the well-known book, "Chesapeake Light Tackle, An Introduction to Light Tackle Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay" and he maintains a popular fishing and conservation oriented website. A frequent speaker to fishing clubs, environmental groups, and conservation organizations, he is active in the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and is the website coordinator for the Careful Catch organization - an effort co-sponsored by the Boat U.S. Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and CCA Maryland.

Bill Goldsborough


Has worked on fish conservation in the Bay for more than 30 years, including serving on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and specifically promoting striped bass conservation, oyster reef restoration, and fish passage and fishery management to rebuild shad and river herring stocks, blue crabs, and Atlantic menhaden. Bill is the director of CBF’s Fisheries Program and chairs the MD DNR Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.

Greg Schildwachter


A resident of Arlington, VA, who started fishing the Bay a few years ago, Greg advises clients on fish and wildlife conservation through his firm Watershed Results. He has contributed significantly to the conservation of wolves, salmon, other endangered species, private lands, and water rights – both through public policy and local agreements. Over his career, Greg has worked for private companies and state and federal government. His role in [iChesapeake] is to coordinate and advise.

Lou Etgen


A lifelong resident of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and trained as an educator, Lou has dedicated his career to educating citizens about the health of the Bay and its resources. In his current role he works to engage all communities of the watershed in the protection and restoration of the Bay as the Deputy Director and Maryland State Director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Dave Sikorski


A lifetime avid Bay angler, Chairman of Government Relations Committee for CCA-MD, and Vice-Chairman of the MD DNR Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.

Matt Mullin


A resident of Annapolis, MD, Matt has been fishing on the Chesapeake for over twenty years. Having spent most of his time fishing light tackle in and around Tangier Sound, Matt now fishes around the Annapolis area and spends time casting a fly in the Tetons each year. He directs fisheries work in the Northeast for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program after spending 12 years at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and three years at the Chesapeake Bay Commission. He holds numerous professional memberships and appointments, including Chairman of Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society Board of Directors.

Mark Damian Duda


As the Executive Director of Responsive Management, Mark has conducted more than 1,000 studies on how people relate to the outdoors, including more than a dozen studies focusing specifically on coastal management issues and natural resource conservation. Mark is the author of four books on wildlife and conservation. He has been recognized through many awards, scholarships and research support, and news media. His role in the initiative is to help us spread the word effectively and collect good ideas from the angling community.

Tom Beppler


Tom is a Research Associate with Responsive Management. He has conducted several focus groups for NOAA-commissioned studies concerning knowledge and attitudes in coastal communities toward and served as the project manager for evaluating the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program Networks. Other studies in which Tom has been involved include Marine Anglers’ Opinions on and Attitudes Toward Recreational Fisheries Management; Needs Assessment for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, which assessed programs related to coastal training and determined desired levels of coastal training among decision-makers in Georgia.




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Oct
Joe Toth
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
23
Sep
David Sikorski
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
22
Sep
Joe Toth
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
21
Sep
Joe Toth
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
28
Jul
Joe Ralston
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
16
Jun
Bridgette Skelton
Barnstable County, Florida
16
May
David Sikorski
Baltimore County, Maryland
11
Apr
David Sikorski
Prince George's County, Maryland
26
Feb
Steven Berry
Charles County, Maryland
07
Nov
Robert Duchene
Richmond County, Virginia
14
Sep
John Youssef
Alachua County, Florida
09
Aug
Michael Burgess
Barnstable County, Florida
11
Jun
Olga kosko
Barnstable County, Florida
01
Jun
Ronald Long
Somerset County, Maryland
28
May
Jonas
Barnstable County, Florida
22
Apr
John Bonanno
Queen Anne's County, Maryland
21
Apr
John Bonanno
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
15
Nov
Nicolas Lopez Diaz
Barnstable County, Florida
13
Nov
Brandon Forney
Barnstable County, Florida
16
Sep
Ed Welniak
St. Mary's County, Maryland
27
Aug
Brett Fitzgerald
Palm Beach County, Florida
20
Aug
Brett Fitzgerald
Pinellas County, Florida
12
Aug
Brett Fitzgerald
Palm Beach County, Florida
03
Aug
Brett Fitzgerald
Niagara County, New York
23
Jul
Brett Fitzgerald
Palm Beach County, Florida
07
Jul
John Page Williams
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
29
Jun
John Page Williams
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
26
Jun
Kerry McCann
Sussex County, Delaware
26
Jun
Kerry McCann
Barnstable County, Florida
25
Jun
John Page Williams
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
17

Matt Mullin

Logging Since Sep 2013
Angler Action 14

Ed Welniak

Logging Since Mar 2015
13

Brett Fitzgerald

Logging Since Mar 2012
10

Joseph H Evans

Logging Since Nov 2014
9

N. Keith McGuire

Logging Since Jan 2015
9

David Sikorski

Logging Since Nov 2013
Angler Action 8

David Bowman

Logging Since Jun 2016
Angler Action 6

Andrew Trostle

Logging Since Mar 2015
Angler Action 6

John Page Williams

Logging Since May 2013
Angler Action 4

Charles Foster

Logging Since Jul 2014
Angler Action 4

Shi'Quan Williams

Logging Since May 2015
Angler Action 4

Devon Bachmaier

Logging Since Mar 2015

The Chesapeake Catch--Costa Sunglasses Giveaway!


Win A Free Pair of Costa Sunglasses!


Now you can help give recreational anglers a voice in fisheries management – and win a chance to do it wearing the “clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water”!

From June 2015 through December 2015, we’ll be giving away two pairs of Costa Sunglasses to Chesapeake Catch users each month.

Costa has teamed up with Chesapeake Catch and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland to encourage Maryland anglers to download and use the Chesapeake Catch website and smartphone app to record their catch and share important data about Chesapeake Bay sport fish.

To enter, simply download the Chesapeake Catch app and log your trip!

Each month, one winner will be chosen at random from each of two categories:

  1. Those who have downloaded the app during the month
  2. Those who have logged a trip during the month

Entrants are eligible in one category or the other, not both.

Entrants must be over 18 or older as of date of entry, and reside in Maryland.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and will receive a gift card from Costa for the sunglasses of their choice! Winners will also be listed by name on the Chesapeake Catch website.

It’s that easy!

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Void where prohibited. The Costa-ChesapeakeCatchSunglasses Sweepstakes starts 6/1/15 & ends on 12/31/15. Sponsored by Costa Sunglasses.

Thanks to Costa, CCAMD for their sponsorship of this giveway!

About Us


Chesapeake Catch helps Maryland anglers collect and share valuable information about key Chesapeake Bay sport fish – for fun and for conservation.


Every angler has a fish story – the “big one,” or the “one that got away.” Now, using Chesapeake Catch, anglers can easily record their catch on their mobile device, creating a personal log—along with photos—that they use to share info with other anglers, learn about what’s being caught and compete for bragging rights.

The data collected here, such as fish species, size and location caught, will be used to better inform fishery managers responsible for Chesapeake Bay fish populations. The featured fish are rockfish (striped bass), redfish (red drum), speckled trout, croaker, yellow perch and shad caught in Maryland waters.

Chesapeake Catch is partnership of leading anglers with ties to Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Maryland, Maryland Saltwater Sport Fisherman Association (MSSA), other sporting conservation groups and various management committees and councils. Chesapeake Catch gives recreational anglers an important role in better fisheries management.

Self-reporting recreational fishing data is already helping natural resource managers elsewhere to obtain better, more accurate information about fish populations. This collaborative effort will give recreational anglers a stronger voice in management decisions and, ultimately, help to safeguard fisheries for decades to come. Better management means better fishing – now and for later generations.

Don’t let important information “get away” – download the Chesapeake Catch app now, and let your fish stories make a difference.


News Release (April 15, 2015): As Rockfish Season Opens, Maryland Anglers Urged to Track Their Catch to Improve Fisheries Management

News Release (November 20, 2014): New App, Website Lets Anglers Track Their Fishing Catch and Help Conserve Key Maryland Fish Species