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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 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. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 25
  4. View all reports by Dutch Baldwin →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

1,089 Pounds of Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

Would like to share this picture of a 16.62lb snakehead that I shot last weekend bowfishing. Also Im keeping records on amount of snakeheads shot and we are at 1,089 lbs as of this past Sunday.

DNR Response: Very close to the state record of 16.92 lbs Dutch! Thank you for removing these invasive fish from Maryland waters.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 51
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing is Good at Fletchers

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fletchers

Just returned from a trip to Fletchers Boat House in Washington D.C. Fishing is good for Hickory Shad, a few small Striped Bass and White Perch. I caught all three on shad darts with the best fishing at dusk. I found a spot upstream of the boat house where I could fish from shore and reach the main channel with good current. Casting out and retrieving slowly with a twitch here and there got bites. Most of the Hickory Shad are small but there are some bigger ones now and then. The man at the boat house concession stand says the hickories are slowly diminishing though they may be replaced by American Shad. I did not catch any American Shad this trip but probably caught 15 Hickory Shad as well as 3 small Striped Bass and one White Perch. Photo is of one the nicer Hickory Shad I caught. I hope the run continues a while longer. Good luck all.

Tags: hickory shad, striped bass, white perch


  1. Amanda Murphy, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Amanda Murphy →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir

Amanda caught and released this largemouth at Piney Reservoir on 5/6/15.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Chuaychai Thiamsomboon, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Chuaychai Thiamsomboon →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Montogmery County Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Burns Mills Reservoir

I caught this 21" rainbow trout on 5-3-15 at Burns Mills Reservoir in Montgomery County. I used a Hook #8 and 4 lbs test line.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Peter Cannavino, Recreational Angler
  2. California, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Peter Cannavino →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

48 Inch Rockfish on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

Went out fishing the evening of 5/5/15 on my friend Steve’s boat and my buddy Joey was able to catch this huge citation size rockfish just south of Raggedy Point in the Potomac trolling on a tandem rig. The fish measured in at 48” and 45lbs. Luckily we were able to get it in before the storms came through and forced us off the water.

Tags: striped bass


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

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Fish ID

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I was wondering what kind of fish this is . I thought it was a bluegill. But the colors are different from the ones I usually catch.

DNR Response: The fish you caught is a green sunfish.

Tags: green sunfish


  1. Taylor Mooney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Taylor Mooney →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

Species: 29" Northern Snakehead

Description of fishing trip: High tide going out, Sunny 81 degree day, Calm Winds, Shallow water with high vegetation and muddy substrate

Tackle: Bass rod and reel, 12 lb. mono line, Bullet weight with 1/0 hook, 4 inch green swim tail worm

History: 4th Northern Snakehead personally caught in this location. 1st= 31", 2nd= 25", 3rd= 29", 4th= 29" (All killed upon catch and documented with photos)

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


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

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

New Entries into the Fishing Challenge

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Various
Location: Various

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

  • Jeff Morris of Seaford, DE caught this 41 inch striped bass on 5/4/2015.
  • Rachael Lynn of Baltimore, MD caugth this 40 inch striped bass below the Bay Bridge on the Matapeake side on 5/2/2015.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Ronald Wheeler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Ronald Wheeler →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent River Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patuxent River

Caught these on 5-2-2015 on the Patuxent River in Ashton, MD. Perfect day for fishing!

Tags: fallfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass


  1. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
  3. View all reports by Andrew Ashby →

Posted on May 7, 2015 | Permalink

Chesepeake Beach Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

We caught 4 keepers trolling on the morning of April 28th out of Chesepeake Beach. Water was still only 52-53 degrees, all fish were between 34-36" range.

Tags: striped bass

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