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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 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. Schenk Brothers, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Schenk Brothers →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Fly Fishing for Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

Just took a weekend fly fishing trip to the upper Savage River and caught some nice native brook trout. Amazing spot to fly fish.

Tags: Brook Trout

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Caz Kenny →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Invasive Snakehead on Eastern Shore

Type: Tidal
Region: Lower Eastern Shore
Location: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

I took a friend to fish Blackwater Wildlife Refuge today who has never been, we caught rockfish, largemouth and he caught his first snakehead ever. I had heard stories that they have been caught but didn't believe it till I saw it. Heres Tom Dembeck's first snakehead ever.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Kevin Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Kevin Johnson →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Striped Bass Report from Susquehanna River

Type: Tidal
Region: Abingdon
Location: Susquehanna River

Linda Rhinehart McKenzie from Abingdon, Maryland was fishing in the Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam on October 30,2014. She caught the striped bass using artificial gulp eels. The fish measured 34 inches and weighed 22lbs. She decided to make a lasting memory and have it preserved by a taxidermist.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
  4. View all reports by Skylar Hepner →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Trout Fishing Report from Southern Maryland

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Hughesville Pond

On Sunday, I went fishing with my dad at Hughesville Pond. I had a great time and I caught 3 rainbow trout. Here are some of the pictures that my dad took of me. With 2 of the trout, I brought up some weeds that looked like mistletoe. So for one of the pictures, I joking called it the mistletoe trout. I also want to thank DNR for stocking the ponds with trout because they are really fun to catch.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 23
  4. View all reports by Tylor Kirklin →

Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

OC Inlet Report

Type: Coast
Region: Coast
Location: OC Inlet

I decided to take a trip to Ocean City over the weekend along with my brother and a good friend of ours. We fished on the Atlantic side near the inlet. It seemed like we were the only ones catching anything. We ended up with a lot of dogfish and skate but occasionally we'd catch a few kingfish and small bluefish.

Tags: Bluefish, Dogfish, Kingfish, Clear-nosed Skate

  1. Don Cosden, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 9
  3. View all reports by Don Cosden →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Dodging the Wind

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Edge of Shipping Channel

Fishing for me lately has largely meant dodging the wind. Several trips in October were spent in West and Rhode River catching perch and an occasional striper on a lee shore. On Sat. (25th) the forecast looked good so we ventured out in search of breaking fish to cast to. Unfortunately the forecast was a little inaccurate. 15 knots can whip up some mighty rough and wet conditions in a small skiff so we stayed in shallow. After several hours we had only one small rockfish. Finally the wind subsided a little we started to search the edges of the shipping channel. Plenty of fish on the depth sounder and birds searching but nothing on top so I started to jig a oz silver buddy at the 30 contour. I was just about to give it up and Wham! Something grabbed my bait and took off. This fish made several long runs that were so fast I thought I was on to a big bluefish or maybe even a cobia. My wife finally got the net on it and we snapped and quick picture and released it. This fish looked like a prime spawner and we prefer to eat the smaller ones anyway. I later heard that fish were breaking everywhere early Sunday morning.

Tags: striped bass, perch

  1. Brenner Bookhamer, Youth Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Brenner Bookhamer →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Only One to Catch a Fish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: upper Bay
Location: Mouth of Patapsco River

I went fishing with my mommy and daddy and was the only one to catch a fish! It was really exciting and I had a lot of fun! I caught this 19" rockfish at the mouth of Patapsco River trolling on 10/27/14.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Connor Shank, Youth Angler
  2. Damascus, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Connor Shank →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

First Cast Was All it Took

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Chesapeake Bay Bridge

My dad and I went out on the bay and on my fist cast I caught this 26" striper. That was the one and only catch of the day!

Tags: striped bass

  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
  4. View all reports by 123 Fishing Rigs →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Looking For Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Location: Maryland Stream

Just looking for some fishing fun, and boy did we find it. We put on our waders and fished a half mile stretch of this Maryland stream. Caught and released about 50 of these sunfish in about 2 hours. Throwing small spinner blades tipped with a piece of worm. Retrieve was moderate, interrupted by a pause long enough for the bait to hit the bottom. Crystal clear water made it easy to see the bite and make adjustments. The first few fish in each fishing hole struck on the retrieve, the remaining fish would strike on the pause and a few would even pick the bait up off the bottom. The rains came and ended our fun. It was wonderful while it lasted.

Tags: sunfish

  1. Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
  3. View all reports by Capt David Street →

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Any Lure Caught a Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Pt

Left the dock at 7 am and fished for 3 hours in the bay off Thomas Pt without a hit. The fish were there but didn't want to eat. Finally around 10 the bite started. Just about any lure caught fish. The fish were generally 20-23". The largest 26". All the fish were well fed and healthy.

Tags: striped bass

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