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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@maryland.gov. 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. Zac Coombs, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Hitting White Plastics, Tubes and Grubs

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy

Small and largemouth bass hitting white plastics, tubes and grubs. Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy. Also caught a few keeper walleye out of the Monocacy!

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 27
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bush River Channel Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bush River

I caught this 26 inch channel catfish August 1st in the Bush River on cut bait (sucker).

Tags: channel catfish


  1. Brian Krolak, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

C&O Canal Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: C&O Canal

Caught this largemouth bass on the C&O Canal near Blockhouse Point on a white jig head with a yellow plastic minnow. Saw a 24" snakehead but was not able to catch it. Saw several snakehead fry at Violets Lock.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead


  1. Sean Allen Sr., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Good Action in the Upper Bay Area

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bear Creek, Dundee Creek, Bird River

So this past week the bay has been crazy good for me. I caught this 10 pound 27 inch channel cat in Bear Creek on a black marabou jig. I caught this 5.9 lb largemouth off the bank of Dundee Creek using a Texas rigged Berkley chigger craw, and I caught this 5.1 lb on Bird River using a squarebill crankbait. What a great time! All were carefully handled measured pictured and let go healthy to catch another day! Everyone can follow my catches on instagram! @chesapeake_assassin

Tags: largemouth bass, channel catfish


  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 49
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Posted on July 31, 2015 | Permalink

First Confirmed Report of Snakehead Reaching the Upper Chesapeake Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats

While surveying for largemouth bass on 7/30, the Tidal Bass Program caught this northern snakehead in a small cove of the Susquehanna Flats. This is the first confirmed report of a snakehead reaching the upper Chesapeake Bay. On the western shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, the species has been caught in Potomac River, Patuxent River, Rhode River, and Patapsco River. The fish was skinny, a male, and had nothing in its gut. It was caught in a thick patch of Hydrilla. Earlier this week, MD DNR also received a report from an angler who had caught another snakehead in this area. People who capture snakeheads are encouraged to harvest the animal to slow their spread and minimize their impact to Maryland's natural resources. It is not certain whether the species is reproducing in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: northern snakehead


  1. Kyle Proctor, Recreational Angler
  2. Brandywine, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 31, 2015 | Permalink

Caught a Madtom

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location: Brandywine Creek

My brother and I were catching crayfish to use for bait when we caught this catfish in the creek. I have never seen one like it maybe it's a invasive species.

DNR Response: You caught a tadpole madtom. Typical size for a madtom is 2-4 inches and they are usually found in small, low gradient streams.

Tags: tadpole madtom


  1. Jake Martin, Recreational Angler
  2. Harford County
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 31, 2015 | Permalink

Bush River Bass

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bush River

Fishing out of the Bush River and caught this 4.7 lb largemouth, slaying them all day!

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Russell W. Anderson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 30, 2015 | Permalink

Worth the hike!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Blue Heron Pond

This beautiful 4 pounder was definitely worth the hike to Great Blue Heron Pond! I caught and released this beauty on July 26, 2015.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 30, 2015 | Permalink

Kids Suggestion Leads to Nice Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Culler Lake

On Friday while fishing the lake at Riverside Park off Monoacay Blvd in Frederick and having no luck at all, a young child told me there are monster largemouth in Culler Lake at Baker Park in Frederick. So of course with this information I went over to Culler lake Saturday morning and fished it for about 2 hours. On Saturday I caught a decent sized largemouth but it fell off the line as I was pulling it out of the water. So of course I had to go back Sunday and I caught this very nice sized largemouth on a Keitech 4.8 Pumpkin Color Swim Bait. This is a great fishing spot with great trees for shade and there were not many people there both days. Thanks for the great tip kid!

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on July 30, 2015 | Permalink

Shedding Blue Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River Area

Check out these photos from Jim showing some big crabs he caught this month and some shedding crabs where you can see the size difference once they have lost their shell.

Tags: blue crab

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