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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov. 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 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. Matt Rinehimer, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Ridgely, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead on the Tuckahoe

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tuckahoe River

This snakehead was caught on the Tuckahoe River on July 20th. It was caught from a kayak at low tide on a topwater bait using 10lb test line. It was 31.5 inches long and weighed 10.7 lbs. It was dispatched and will be today's lunch.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Big Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River Area

Caught a 3/4 bushel of nice crabs this past Sunday! 3 Hours running 1,000 ft trot line. All crabs seem to be very large this year-not sure why? Biggest one 7-3/4.

Tags: blue crab


  1. Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Big White Perch at Sandy Point

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Sandy Point

Here is another report and some really nice pictures of some jumbo white perch. I was fishing at Sandy Point State Park, bait used was blood worms.

Tags: white perch


  1. Eric Zile, Recreational Angler
  2. Union Bridge
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Another Good Morning at Dargen Bend with My Girls!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Dargen Bend

I had another good morning at Dargen Bend with my youngest daughter Hailey and my oldest daughter Danielle. We caught 19 smallmouth and 4 catfish total in about 2 hours of fishing. Started late due to some early morning storms but the fish didn't seem to mind!

Tags: smallmouth bass, catfish


  1. John Mead, Recreational Angler
  2. Carroll County, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Little Seneca Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Seneca Lake

On 7/19/15 at 9:30am on Little Seneca Lake aka Black Hills Regional Park in Boyd's, MD I caught a 2 1inch 10.7 lbs largemouth bass. I was informed from a friend that it was considered a trophy bass.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 59
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Personal Best Hybrid Sunfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Small Pond in Carroll Count

On July 15 I had the great fortune to catch and release my personal best hybrid sunfish (green sunfish X bluegill cross) from a small pond in Carroll County. The fish hit a 1/8th ounce gold Kast Master spoon on 2-pound test SOS mono and fought a long and powerful fight. The fish measured 13 inches long and weighed 2.255 pounds on my Mainstays digital kitchen scale.

I was both shocked and delighted that this fish surpassed the 2 pound barrier. I had caught several other hybrids from the same water in recent years that came up just short of that benchmark. This makes it the largest sunfish I have caught, of any species and my largest sunfish taken from 'home' waters.

I know that the DNR does not officially keep records of hybrid sunfish species and that they have been stocked in smaller park and public lakes and ponds for childrens' fishing events. But has anyone working in the department know of or seen any hybrids nearing this size, or even larger, in their work throughout the state?

DNR Response: Congratulations on catching such a whopper of a sunfish; pound for pound they can really give a good fight on light tackle. Bluegill sunfish are crossed with feisty green sunfish in hatchery conditions to create a sunfish that will be very entertaining to fishermen. Because of their aggressive nature bluegill/green sunfish are always looking for something to eat and can grow to large sizes given the right water quality and habitat conditions. Pure strain green sunfish do not grow to be large but are aggressive.The current Freshwater Division state record for bluegill sunfish is 3 lb, 7 oz and was caught in Deep Creek Lake.

Tags: hybrid sunfish


  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Fish Thursday

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservior

July 9th was a fun Thursday with my dad at Loch Raven Reservoir.

Tags: bluegill


  1. Matthew Ryan, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Great Week at Linganore

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Linganore

All in all best catches this past week were a 21.5" and 19" largmouth, 14.5" crappie, and an 8" American shad which I had never caught in the lake before. A friend and Linganore resident also caught a 20" largemouth. I hope to go by Fox's in Frederick to have the largemouth certified.

DNR Response: The 8 inch fish is a golden shiner, not an American shad. Golden shiners are a common freshwater/ tidal river species and an important forage fish for species such as largemouth bass.

Tags: largemouth bass, crappie, golden shiner


  1. Rachel Judge, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 20, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Channel Cat on the Chester

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chester River

I went out on the water for a Daddy/Daughter fishing trip on the Chester River. We caught tons of white perch and baby stripers (did not mean to catch the stripers though). I was using bloodworms and grocery store frozen shrimp for bait. I was reeling in a fish, thinking it was another white perch, but all of a sudden it pulled really hard, almost taking the rod out of my hands. Then, I knew I had a big fish. When I finally reeled in the fish, it was a Channel Catfish, which measured between 27-28 inches and about 7-7.5 lbs.

Tags: channel catfish, white perch, striped bass


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on July 20, 2015 | Permalink

Waterspout Near the Bridge

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: North of Bay Bridge to Love Point

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Boat: Fishhawks Nest, 20' walkaround
Location: North of Bay Bridge to Love Point
Report: Approaching Sandy Point from the West on Route 50, saw an ominous, building cloud south of the Bridge. Abandoned plans to try Hacketts Bar and checked the sewer pipe and ledges to the north. About 0830, two funnels dropped from the cloud. The one on the eastern side developed into a waterspout. Found fish on ledges but not much of a bite. Large fleet off Love Pt trolling incl some with planers, chumming, and live lining - real mixed bag. Found fish later near the pipe mid-afternoon. Caught 4 undersized stripers (largest 15") and broke off a couple jigging.

Tags: striped bass

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