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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.

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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. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Fishing Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fort Smallwood Park

I went to a fishing tournament today in Pasadena. I caught a lot of rockfish, all about 6 to 11 in. I caught 18 rockfish in all, I even helped another boy learn how to fish. We had a great time.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Bait for Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

The biggest challenge with catching blue catfish is getting bait. Blue cats are voracious eaters and seem to eat almost anything. Bait on the other hand is not so easy to come by. I am hoping that DNR and/or other anglers might offer some suggestions. Here are some ways that I have caught bait.

Pentagon lagoon and the spoils: I have caught bluegill using wax worms on a bobber. One time, it took me 3 hours to catch one bluegill -- hanging my head in shame.

Washington Channel: I have caught perch using live minnows and cut down sibiki rigs. (2 hooks only)

Fletchers: I have caught perch using shad darts during the shad run in the spring.

This may come as a surprise (I know I was surprised), but blue cats eat almost anything including other blue catfish. Yesterday, I caught a blue catfish while jigging for striper. I cut up the catfish and put it on a bottom rig, and caught several more blue cats.

Hopefully, more anglers get interested in blue catfish. They have proliferated the Potomac and are literally everywhere. They are super strong and a lot of fun to catch. Anyone interested in catching "saltwater sized" fish in freshwater should give it a try.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Bluegill, Perch


  1. David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
  2. Port Republic, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Herbert Run Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Herbert Run

I caught and released this 23 inch smallmouth bass in Herbert Run near Linthicum Heights. She will live to fight another day!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Ryan Abey, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Another Great Win

Type: Tidal
Region: Upper Bay
Location: the Bay

Hit the water on Sunday for the last Anglers Choice Chesapeake Pro Teams event for 2014. My partner and I figured it was going to be another tough day as we headed out of anchor.

We decided to hit a small creek were we instantly found fish holding on wood near deeper water (fish in 3 foot with 8 foot near by). We landed two 4 pounders within 5 minutes flipping soft plastics and a 1/8oz Eco Pro Tungsten worm weight.

As the day went on this patterned held up. We caught 15 fish all 2 pounds or better. Our best 5 went 18.45 with our lunker weighing 4.55. Great day out and another great win.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Derek R. Morgan, Sr, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Frank Crappies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Bernard Frank

I caught these crappies at Lake Bernard Frank in Rockville, MD on 9/9/14. We went on the lake around 10am and we used artificial minnows. They measured at 13 inches!!

Tags: Crappie


  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Great Day Pond Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

Had a chance to go fishing and caught some catfish, bluegill and sunfish after school today in a Harford County Pond. Also I had a great time at the Seafood Festival Sunday, 9/7/2014. Thank you DNR for my fishing trip.

Tags: Bluegill, Sunfish, Catfish


  1. Roy Wheeler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 12, 2014 | Permalink

Bear Creek Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bear Creek

While fishing from my pier Tuesday 9/9 after work as I usually do I caught an unlikely visitor to Bear Creek. A 3.5 foot pike about 4 lbs.

DNR Response: You caught a chain pickerel, not a northern pike.The chain pickerel is one of our most common species of fish in the lakes, ponds and tidal rivers of Maryland.

Tags: Chain Pickerel


  1. Peter Loysen, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Crabs Trying to Get to Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Scotland, MD

At the end of Holly Drive in Scotland, MD, there is a sometimes an open creek that goes into Deep Creek Pond. The Pond contains an abundance of crabs, but they like to have interchange with the Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday, 9/7, the creek was heavily silted, in so the crabs could not exit to the Bay. There were hundreds, almost all females, piled up at the east end of the creek. Then on Monday, 9/8, during the nor'easter that over washed the silted-in entrance to the creek, there were thousands of crabs trying to get out to the Bay. Unfortunately for the crabs, the shallow strong inflow prevented most of them from exiting, so they just hunkered down. The photo shows a portion of them. On the morning of Tuesday, 9/9, the nor'easter had abated somewhat, and the crabs were stranded on the wet sand and still alive! Hopefully the next high tide would have permitted them to get to the Bay. Some residents of the area suspect that the preponderance of females is due to illegal commercial harvesting of males in the Pond. Regardless, periodic dredging of the creek exit would greatly help the crabs out where they could thrive.

Tags: Blue Crab


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 35
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Multi-Species Action

Type:
Region: Central
Location: Central MD lakes and ponds

We have had a good week fishing small public and private lakes in the central Maryland area for bass, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish. Bass have been up to 4 pounds and the best channel cat was over eight pounds. We have been wet-wading for the bass with heavy braided lines fishing Stank X stickworms in and around heavy aquatic primrose vegetation. Biggest cats came on small live bluegills below a bobber.

Also we had great family fishing fun with sunfish at the local ponds. My 2-year old granddaughter, Abby, got an assist for her first fish ever...a bluegill! Additionally, we got big pumpkinseed sunfish and trophy class hybrid sunfish. The monster hybrid sunfish took 1/4 oz Rattle Flash spoons. Biggest hybrids went 1 pound 12 ounces. All fish were released.

Tags: bluegill, pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 10, 2014 | Permalink

Half Bushel of Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location: West/Rhode River

Caught these nice dark crabs this past Sunday, the wind was miserable though! 7:40-11:40 running a trot line, ended up with little over a 1/2 bushel.

Tags: blue crab

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