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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.

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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. Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville,
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Ryder Hall →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of The Season

Type: Tidal
Location: Patuxent River

Ryder Hall age 7, caught this white perch near Benedict Bridge on the Patuxent River. His first fish of the season.

Tags: white perch

  1. Bill Burke, Recreational Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Bill Burke →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Jig Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Conococheague Creek near RT 40 Bridge

Smallies are hitting top water. On 5/5 and 5/7, a good buddy and I fished the Jig close to where it crosses Rt 40 in Hagerstown. We caught a ton of rock bass, a few fallfish and some healthy smallies. Water was warm and it's only pushing around 350-360 cfs. All were caught using a 5wt rod and small bass popper.

Tags: smallmouth bass, rock bass, fallfish

  1. Gail Cheseldine, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Gail Cheseldine →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Tounge Eating Fish Louse

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Caught this with a female louse . It had eaten the tongue out and using the fish as a host.

Tags: louse

  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Trout and Rockfish

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Heather Howes of Pasadena caught and released this 40.5 inch striped bass on 5/2/2015.
  • Ron Porter of Frostburg caught this 27.5 inch rainbow trout on 5/6/2015.
  • Daniel Couch of Crownsville, MD caugth this 46 inch striped bass on 5/8/215.
  • Joshua Grantham of North Beach, MD caught this 42 inch striped bass on 5/6/2015.
  • Daniel Trang of Fairfax, VA caught and released this 48 inch striped bass on 4/25/2015.

Tags: striped bass, rainbow trout

  1. Tim Wollerman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Tim Wollerman →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Shad with Mouth Infection

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

I was fly fishing on the Gunpowder on 5/2 and saw several shad that appeared to have some sort of mouth fungus/rot. The fish were so slow and disoriented I could have picked them up with my hand. Is this a common occurrence or a disease that can spread to other fish? I debated tossing them on shore to prevent other fish from being infected and also to put them out of their misery. Any information on this would be great.

DNR Response: Fish sometimes get an injury that causes them to be susceptible to localized infections. The slime layer on fish is their first defense against bacteria and fungus that might be in the water they are swimming in; any disturbance to this layer of slime can put the fish at risk of a surface infection of the skin or fins.

Tags: shad

  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 52
  3. View all reports by Jim Gronaw →

Posted on May 8, 2015 | Permalink

Panfish Seminars at Bass Pro Shops

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

With the surge of warm weather the shallows have easily spiked to the upper 60's, even low 70 's in many of our central Maryland waters, thus prompting all sunfish species to move shallow and commence spawning. We have had great success with bluegills, pumpkinseeds and various hybrid species and some bonus slab crappies in the mix.

For any panfishers out there I will be conducting two seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Hanover, Maryland on May 23, 2015 at 11 AM and again at 3 PM. This would be a great chance to get not just the kids out fishing, but maybe up your game on bigger and better panfish catches.

Enclosed are a few pics of my friend Gary and I as we had success on bluegills with maggots on #12 dry fly hooks below a bobber on big gills. Gary then schooled me with an 'old school' delivery of tiny tube tail plastics for spawning black crappies. Great fishing great fun!

Tags: crappie, bluegill

  1. Chris S, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 8, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

This picture taken by Mr. Luke Bracket from the DNR. He approached me as I was landing this largemouth bass. I was going to take a picture of it but the battery in my camera died. He kindly offered to take a picture of it with his cell phone and email it to me. Caught 2 more bass and missed a couple all in 2 hours of shore fishing. Nice day, a little breezy which was taking away from the sight fishing. When the air was calm, you could see bass and panfish in shallow water. Watermelon seed, 6 inch ZOOM lizards with a bullet weight, texas rigged, works for me.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Dan Brooks, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Dan Brooks →

Posted on May 8, 2015 | Permalink

White Perch Spawning Runs Have Begun

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

I decided to get out on my kayak on Tuesday 5/5 to see if the white perch were moving into the upper portions of tidal rivers to spawn. I was fishing the upper portion of the Severn River. At first, I was using my favorite 2 inch triple ripple grubs on a 1/16th oz jig head with little success. A few fish went after them, but wouldn't stay on the hook. On my other rod, I had a half of a nightcrawler sitting on the bottom. I went to reel in that rod to make sure the nightcrawler was still on, and when I was reeling it in, this small white perch went after it. This guy was a male. I could tell because I kinda interrupted him while he was spawning, so I let him go finish his thing. Then I decided to put a half of a nightcrawler on my jig head to see if that would work. I ended up catching a beautiful pumpkinseed slow retrieving it and then a chain pickerel vertical jigging it over a submerged branch. The pickerel was the first one I have ever caught and it measured in at 15 inches. I only managed to catch the one perch, but I got a fun variety and it is a sign of things to come as the water continues to heat up.

Tags: white perch, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel

  1. Ivan R. Cohen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Ivan R. Cohen →

Posted on May 8, 2015 | Permalink

Couple Good Days at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

Had a great couple days fishing at Loch Raven. Lots of largemouth, pickerels as well as crappie. My son landed the biggest largemouth.

Tags: crappie, largemouth bass, chain pickerel

  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 42
  3. View all reports by Joey Love →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Tidal Bass Fishing in the Upper Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna or Northeast River

There are lots of good opportunities to fish bass on the Susquehanna or Northeast River this spring. There's a kayak tournament out of Perryville in mid-May and several great and licensed guides to help locate the sweet spots. Find a guide and learn more about the credentials your bass guide should have on our Bass Fishing Guide page . Catch rates for bass that were weighed-in during a recent FLW tournament in the upper Bay were about the same as expected from last year. An 8-pounder was caught this past weekend. What are you catching?

Tags: largemouth bass

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