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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to All information is optional, but encouraged.

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.

There will be random drawings throughout the year 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. Hans Geier, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 23, 2013 | Permalink

Spotted Hake

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Mouth of the Patuxent

The following Spotted Hake was caught by my son, Josef Geier from Dowell, MD. It was caught at the mouth of the Patuxent while fishing for Spot on bloodworms. This is the first one we have seen in the area. Caught on 5/21/13 at approx. 3:16pm.

Tags: Spotted Hake

  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on May 20, 2013 | Permalink

It's a Spotted Hake

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Chesapeake Beach

We caught two of these and unfortunately we only killed one thanks to my 5 year old son Sean. I am guessing itís a snakehead and after what I am reading now these are bad news. They seemed to be plentiful so I will kill them all next time I catch them. I have never caught one before down here at Chesapeaek Beach and have fished here the past two seasons a lot. More concerning I guess is that these were babies and only 6 inches so I don't know where mom and dad is. We caught them in front of the Rod and Reel at Chesapeake Beach in 25 foot of water on bloodworm.

Correction after further research this is a hake. I never caught one before and many people couldn't tell me what the heck it was until now. I am glad it's not a snakehead so these fish will live on. Also why are these fish here and how come I never caught one before? Everyone that I showed the picture too couldn't tell me what it was so I am guessing they are very uncommon at Chesapeake Beach.

DNR Response:Hello Brian, thanks for the entry. Youíre correct Ė itís a hake, a Spotted Hake. Sub-adultís typically venture into bay waters each spring. Hereís additional Anglerís Log entries with hake involved.

Tags: Spotted Hake

  1. Andrew Burton, Youth Angler
  2. Edgewater, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 15, 2013 | Permalink

South River Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South River

I caught 1 Spot and a bunch of White Perch in the South River Friday night. I also caught this weird fish which I later found out to be a Spotted Hake. I also caught 3 more Spots on Sunday.

Tags: Spot, White Perch, Spotted Hake

  1. Yvonne Jones-Myers, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 22, 2012 | Permalink

Spotted Hake, Not a Baby Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Choptank River

I caught this baby snakhead fish Wednesday May 16th at 11:53 pm on the Choptank in Trappe, MD.

DNR Response:Thanks Yvonne for your submission and additional photos! Looks like you caught a spotted hake, which is pretty cool. I canít wait to get that on the anglerís log for folks to see.

Tags: spotted hake

  1. Robert Dittmar, Recreational Angler
  2. Glen Burnie
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 27, 2011 | Permalink

Fishing Report and Question

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Roaring Point

Me and my nephew picked up a few dozen bloodworms on Saturday April 23rd and headed down to Roaring Point campground we got there about 11:30 pm or so and set up and within a half hour we landed the first croaker, they were biting on and off all night til about daybreak then they stopped like someone turned off a light switch, we ended up with 35 croakers ranging from 10-16 inches or so, lost a few and also caught a few white perch, 1 was a lil over 13 inches and we let it go, we also caught another fish that I'm not sure what it could be, I have attached a picture of the fish, I am thinking it could be in the ling family but not certain.

DNR's Response:
Rob, the picture was small but we believe you caught a spotted hake, hake are seasonal vistors to Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Most hake in bay waters are small, sub spawning size which migrate out to deep sea waters when they mature (see below).

Tags: Croaker, White Perch, Spotted Hake

  1. Gary Felton, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 1, 2010 | Permalink

Odd Fish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central
Location: Chesapeake Bay

I caught this fish this past weekend. Can anyone at DNR identify it for me? It has small sharp teeth and a continuous dorsal and ventral fin. The mouth seems to also have teeth deeper in the mouth. I've kept the fish if you want to look at it.

DNR's response: Hello Gary, thank you for writing in. We believe you caught a spotted hake, they venture into the bay seasonally and are related to cod, usually juveniles. Attached is an id pamphlet we put together a few years ago during the snakehead frenzy .

Tags: Fish ID, Spotted Hake

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