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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.

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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 30
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Posted on July 1, 2014 | Permalink

Drop Shotting for Trophy Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

As summer wears on and the shoreline activity moves deeper we have been using the drop-shot method for catching big post-spawn bluegills and hybrid sunfish with live night crawlers and mealworms . We use a 1/4 oz sinker at the bottom and tie a #4 Aberdeen wire hook about 30 inches above it and 'stroll' the rig through deeper weed areas for these deeper giants. My son and I highlighted this tactic at a Bass Pro seminar back in March, and now is the time to utilize it.

Our fish pictured here ran from 1 1/4 pounds to 1 pound 14 ounces and measured from 10 3/4 to 12 1/2 inches. My son Matt and I got them at a central Maryland pond and released these trophies to get bigger. It was the first time I have ever caught three sunfish in a single outing that exceeded the 12 inch mark.

Tags: Bluegill, Hybrid Sunfish


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on July 1, 2014 | Permalink

Sunset Striper Action

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gravelly Point

This past Saturday will go down as one of the epic fishing days of 2014. With an incoming tide and wind helping it along, conditions set up perfectly for a striper bite at sunset. I launched from Gravelly Point around 6:30 PM. First I spent a little time fishing for Largemouth Bass. I caught one 13 incher and also my first gar (pictured). They were caught near the surface in shallow water with a jerk bait and crank bait.

Around 8 PM, I moved to deeper water and turned my attention to the bottom third of the water column. Striper tend to prefer longer profile baits, so I tied on a deep running stick bait to see if I could find any. I got a few strikes in the first 30 minutes but did not catch any fish; I lost one striper near the boat so I knew they were there. Then around 8:30 just before sunset, the bite turned on. For the next hour, it was complete striper mania. 3 out of 4 casts resulted in a fish. By 9:30, the bite was still on, but I was worn out so I decided to head home. In one hour, I had caught 11 striper and lost 4. Most were 20-22" but the smallest was 19" and the largest was 25". It took more time to unhook the fish and snap a photo, than to get hooked up. All fish were released, but unfortunately, one did not survive.

Tags: Striped Bass, Gar, Largemouth Bass


  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Another Successful Trip

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Branch Marina

Double bottom rig with nightcrawlers seem to work the best right at high tide. 3-4 perch 6.5-8 inches and a catfish that was 14 inches not sure on weight but the catfish put up a good fight.

Tags: White Perch, Catfish


  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Pipefish

Type: Tidal
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What did I catch?

DNR Response: That is a Pipefish which is a close relative to the seahorse. We have two species of pipefishes in the Chesapeake; the Dusky Pipefish and the Northern Pipefish which are very similar in appearance. The Northern Pipefish is the more common and widespread of the two species.

Tags: Pipefish


  1. Jeremiah Harrington, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert County Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert County Pond

Jeremiah caught this largemouth on a popper after dinner in his local pond in Calvert County.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Fish on a Stick

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fishing Pier

I went fishing with my dad on 6/25/14 at the local fishing pier in Southern Maryland. I had a fun time catching and releasing white perch. I even caught one with a tree branch (I thought at first it was a catfish because it was really tough reeling it in). I called the catch "fish on a stick".

Tags: White Perch,


  1. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Breton Bay Update with a White Perch Bananza

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

Been catching croaker and a lot of White Perch in Breton Bay. White Perch are mostly in the 8-11 inch slot but are being caught here between 12-15 inches! Wednesday we caught around 100 and kept 47 with a few in the 13 inch range and 1 croaker around 12 inches.

Also the Blue cats have been biting very well in the Breton Bay, all in the 30-40+ inch range. This one was 42 inches! Caught off of a 2oz triangle sinker with steel leader and a size 2 treble hook with a balled up piece of Bluecat meat for bait. These are other pictures of all the Bluecats we've caught! Just tryin to help get rid of the blue cat population!

Tags: White Perch, Croaker, Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Kevin Crowley, Recreational Angler
  2. Beltsville
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Snakehead Bite Continues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallow's Bay

Caught on n spinner bait. Released the largemouth, ate the snakehead.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass


  1. Nathan, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Live Lining

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Eastern Bay

We went out of Breezy Point this week and the livelining action is really hot right now. We were fishing around the Eastern Bay and the Hill. We had 9 people on the boat and had no problem catching our limit. All of the stripers were in the 24 - 26 inch range with a few bigger than that. The fish of the day was this beautiful 33 incher. It doesnt get any better than catching big stripers on light tackle!

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Chris O'Haver, Recreational Angler
  2. Bowie
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Mallow's Bay Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I fished Mallow's Bay for the first time Saturday with my brother and two fishing buddies. Cool location for kayaks. I pulled in a 21.5 inch largemouth on a rattle crank bait, and a nice 23 inch snakehead on a popper. I released the bass. I steamed the snakehead with ginger and scallions, and served with a sake/lemon/soy sauce. First snakehead I ever caught, and the largest largemouth I ever caught! Great day! My buddies also caught a few other LMBs and a channel catfish.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish

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