Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!

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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. Shane McNulty, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Shane McNulty →

Posted on September 21, 2015 | Permalink

Rock Hall Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Hall

Shane caught this 24 inch Spanish mackerek while fishing near Rock Hall on 9/9/2015. He is now entered into the 2016 Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Spanish mackerel

  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 47
  3. View all reports by John Mullican →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

2015 Potomac River Smallmouth Bass Survey Results

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Western, Central
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Inland Fisheries Division, conducts surveys each summer to monitor the yearclass strength of smallmouth bass in the nontidal Potomac River. Monitoring yearclass strength is an important factor in understanding population trends that impact the quality of fishing.

To see a summary of this years results please open the 2015 Potomac River watershed Smallmouth Bass Young of Year Survey

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Eric Bowman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Eric Bowman →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Good Night for Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Potomac River

We were fishing from the upper Potomac River in Frederick and it was a good evening for smallmouth. About 20 or so between my friend Bryan and I within a few hours. We doubled up 3 separate times, once with me hooking a 2 pounder and Bryan hooking the biggest Smallie I have ever seen come out of the Potomac. It was somewhere between 4-5 pounds. Hooked it on a bitsy tube.

Action was the best we've seen all year. River is still running clear but up slightly from Saturday's rain. Bass are finally showing interest in top water. I nailed about 6 on poppers. Nice change from throwing the trusty tubes.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 15
  3. View all reports by Steven Snyder →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Trying Something Different

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

14 yr old Steven Snyder from North East, MD took a break from his bass fishing after the 2015 MD Fishing Challenge to try his luck at saltwater in Ocean City. Seeing how many species we could see in a day. With a successful trip we manage to catch and release 9 different things.

Tags: flounder, pufferfish, skate, ray

  1. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Marcelo Stenzel →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Caught Another Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Marcelo caught a 19 inch Snakehead in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton, it was eaten for dinner.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
  4. View all reports by Seth McCauley →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Report Boats in Distress

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: below the Susquehanna Flats

My uncle started out around 6 AM this past Saturday to fish below the Susquehanna Flats. As we approached our fishing spot I noticed a boat looked to have beaten us there. As we got closer I noticed the boat had a mast and as I motored up to the sailboat my fears were confirmed. A sailor had become stuck on a rock jetty. We tried to pull him off but the sail boat did not budge. It was high tide and we informed the sailor that he was on huge rocks and boulders, not sand. He indicated he had been stuck for the night and was going to wait until the next high tide (2 AM according to him). We encouraged him to call a tow company given his keel was likely stuck between rocks and it was already a high tide. We fished the area for about 2 hours and no tow boat showed. I had a bad feeling he was going to wait for the tide.

By the time we left the approximately 30 foot sailboat was a foot out of water with the bow curve showing as well as half the rudder. It was not listing which, to me, indicated the keel was stuck between two rocks.

In hindsight I wish I would have called DNR police just to alert them to the situation but they cannot force the sailor to call a tow, could they? I also felt at the time since he was not signaling distress I would be overstepping calling DNR. Hindsight says I should have called DNR because I felt the sailor may have been unaware of the seriousness of his situation.

As for the fishing, my uncle caught a 20.5 inch rockfish. At Sandy Point there were hundreds of very small (5 inch) rockfish feeding off the top water which was nice to see. I caught at small bass in the Susquehanna River. There were areas of the flats and river that were clear to the bottom. Other areas were chocolate milk. Not a lot of action but always good to be on the water.

DNR Response: Thank you for your report and as you surmized - always report boats in distress, the Natural Resource Police will decide whether or not it's necessary to intervene. Here's the Chesapeake Bay hotline to call along with situations to report:
Call 1-877-224-7229 to report any of the following:

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity

Tags: striped bass

  1. Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
  3. View all reports by Elvin Philip →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Being Part of the MD Fishing Challenge Finale

Location: Sandy Point

As an avid fisherman it was really nice to be a part of the MD Fishing Challenge Finale 2015 @ Sandy Point State Park. Great job done by the Department Of Natural Resources, it was also nice to see youth anglers win prizes. For my blog I am sending some pictures.


  1. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Karon Hickman →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Bass on a Black Worm

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Nice 3 or 4 pound largemouth caught on 4 inch Black Zoom Worm.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Richard White, Recreational Angler
  2. Severna Park, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by Richard White →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Pickerel Everytime

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

Early morning and after work getting pickerel every time out on the Severn. Nice 23 incher here on an all white spinner. Great year for pickerel so far, this fall should be awesome.

Tags: chain pickerel

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Late Summer Mixed Bag

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder, Patuxent River

While fishing in the Upper Gunpowder River last weekend, I caught and released 6 smallmouth bass on an imitation crayfish lure. One rainbow trout also eagerly struck the same lure. Two weeks ago, the yellow perch bite was on in the Patuxent River (near the RT 214 bridge). The fish were caught on nightcrawler rigs, near the base of submerged trees.

Tags: smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch

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