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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.state.md.us. 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 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. Bryce Mason, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 2, 2014 | Permalink

Great Falls Smallmouth

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Great Falls

Caught this Smallmout Bass at Great Falls, MD on a white grub and quarter ounce jig head, on a rainy Saturday morning.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 1, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Walleye Spawn Underway

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Prior to last weekends heavy rain and snow, Walleye fishing on the upper Potomac River was very good. Spawning is underway and recent catches have included both spent females and those still heavy with eggs. However, as the spawn progresses and more of the females release their eggs, the smaller males will make up a larger percentage of the catch. The majority of our recent action has been on crankbaits and light jigs in relatively shallow water. Unfortunately, the recent rainfall has raised the river to unsafe levels for boating. The Monocacy River crested above flood stage and the Potomac downstream of its confluence will be muddy for quite some time. Always check the river levels before heading out and only experienced boaters with suitable craft should launch when flows are high; If in doubt, dont launch. Also, fishermen should keep in mind that in addition to the yearround 15" minimum size, there is a 20" maximum size in effect on the Potomac through April 15 to protect the large females on the spawning grounds until after they have spawned; all Walleye over 20" must be released during this time.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Andrew Steeves, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 1, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Start to the Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Centennial

First catch of the year, wasn't a trophy but I'll take it. This largemouth was caught at Lake Centennial in Columbia, MD on March 23, 2014 using a spinner.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Quinton Sinnott, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 1, 2014 | Permalink

Bowfishing Carp

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Pipe Creek

Two carp out off Little Pipe Creek in Union Bridge, MD. Shot both with a bow.

Tags: Carp


  1. Joe Haines, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

Opening Weekend Success

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

Great opening weekend...!!! Hit Owens Creek on Saturday at 4 am to get my spot.... Fishing was super.... Had my limit early... Went to Frank Bentz Memorial Pond Sunday evening in the sleet and snow and fishing was fast...!!! Done in 45 minutes..!!! Just want to thank the DNR and Albert Powell Hatchery for a super weekend...!!! Also, seems to be a common thing but please anglers take out what you take in...!!! I want my children to fish these wonderful creeks out there...!!! Tight lines......!!!!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

5 Trout Kind of Day

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Parkview Pond, Grantsville

I fished at Parkview Pond in Grantsville on 3-28-14 and caught 5 trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Mike Janney, Recreational Angler
  2. Sparks, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

Big Rainbows Two Years in a Row

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore County

Today I caught my second rainbow over 25 inches. Last year on opening day I caught my first. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK DNR!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Kenneth Gaigler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

Opening Day Brownie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Avalon

I was trout fishing opening day on the Patapsco at Avalon and caught this 22 inch, 5 lb 5 oz Brownie.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Thomas Hill, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

Choptank Carp

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Choptank River

I Caught this 30 inch carp while night fishing on the Choptank River near Greensboro, MD on 3/28/14.

Tags: Carp


  1. David Lowery, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 31, 2014 | Permalink

Blue Catfish Success

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We went fishing last Sunday (March 23) with my nephew Brandon Reed and my fiance Inga in the Potomac River out of Fort Washington Marina and we managed to catch about 15 Blue Catfish ranging in size from 2 to 28 pounds. Of course, Inga, who had never caught a fish prior to this day, landed the 28 pounder! Brandon was able to catch his personal largest fish on this trip as well, so it was a very successful and fun filled (but cold!) day for everyone.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

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