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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 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. Randy Richie, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Randy Richie →

Posted on October 28, 2014 | Permalink

North Point Stripers

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: North Point Park

I took the canoe out to North Point Park and was fishing near Shallow Creek. I caught and released several stripers on jerkbaits and topwater lures. The biggest one weighed in at 8 pounds (25inch).

Tags: striped bass

  1. Justin Rousey, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville
  3. Total Reports: 13
  4. View all reports by Justin Rousey →

Posted on October 28, 2014 | Permalink

Patuxent Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Patuxent and Patuxent

Until recently , I've never seen yellow perch on the Middle Patuxent and Patuxent. These are the sections where they are small creeks. The fish appeared to be extremely healthy with beautiful vibrant color and there was certainly no shortage of them as I caught nearly 15-20 of them. A lot of the YP were in the 6-8 " range . No keepers (not that I would anyway) , but an encouraging and suprsing find. This is in the Howard/Montgomery area.

Tags: yellow perch

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Limited Out at Lions Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lions Park Pond

I caught my limit of trout at Lions Park pond today, most fish took a fly spinner. Thanks for the fall stockings.

Tags: trout

  1. Connor Shank, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Riley Lock Smallies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Riley Lock

Connor caught smallmouth at Riley Lock.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Fred Johnston, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Adamstown Score

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Adamstown Farm Pond

Fred caught this award size largemouth bass and award size bluegill at a farm pond in Adamstown, MD.

Tags: largemouth bass, bluegill

  1. Olivia Riley, Recreational Angler
  2. Edgemere
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Perch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central
Location: Miller's Island

I caught this white perch that when measured right after I caught it, it measured 13 1/2". After going to Fearl's to get it measured, it only measured to 13".

I caught the fish right off the point at Miller's Island looking straight across at Hart Miller Island. Always have great luck there. TONS of rockfish as well.

Tags: white perch, striped bass

  1. Roger Watkins, Recreational Angler
  2. Inwood, WV
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Flathead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Dam No. 4

I was doing some evening fishing for walleye at Dam #4 on 10/21 when I caught a lot of good size rock bass and what I believe is a flathead catfish, I've never heard of any being caught up this way, are they invasive?

DNR Response: Yes, that is a flathead catfish, it is not unusal to find them in that part of the upper Potomac. They are invasive and we advise that you keep all flathead's that you catch.

Tags: rock bass, flathead catfish, walleye

  1. Harry Covely, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 26, 2014 | Permalink

Love Point Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Love Point

Donna Covely caught this nice rock fish while trolling off Love Point.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by Seth McCauley →

Posted on October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Fun Fishing Below the Flats

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Below Susquhanna Flats

My uncle rented a place in Buxton, NC to fish and invited me to join him. I was able to get two things off my bucket list. I was able to fish "the point" of OBX. I have heard my uncle speak of it and it did not disappoint. It is an awesome sight to see by itself but to see all the surf fishermen working it, well I can cast a surf reel but felt out of my league for the first few throws. Caught a nice blue which ended up being dinner. I also was able to go on my first deep sea charter. Again, this did not disappoint. My uncle and three others headed out and ended up bailing dolphin until we limited out. We all were able to also bring in 4 wahoo and 1 king mackerel. It was 370 lbs of fish (28 lbs for each of us after cleaning).

While this was fun, you can't beat your own boat on your home turf. On 10/18/14 my uncle and I went out below the Susquehanna Flats and landed about 12 rockfish. Most were in the 15-17 range. My uncle had two keepers. One 20, one 18.5". The 18.5" went back being too skinny. I pulled in a 20" as well and they are pictured below, we ate them for dinner that night. Chrome Rattle Trap and bass assassins did the trick.

Tags: dolphin, wahoo, king mackerel, striped bass, bluefish

  1. Evan Rule, Recreational Angler
  2. Burtonsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 23, 2014 | Permalink

Rare Find - Wood Turtle

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River near Whites Ferry

During a cast-n- blast with Elliot Rule and Dave Stamper, I found this turtle which I originally thought was a very old box turtle. The turtle was away from the water, in tall grass on a small island adjacent to the head of Mason Island. After showing Dave this picture the following day, he told me that it was most likely a wood turtle. In addition to finding the turtle, we managed to get a few ducks and catch some nice smallies. Can you confirm that this is a wood turtle based on the picture and how rare are they?

DNR Response: Yes, it is a wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). They are a protected species (from collecting) as there has been a lot of illegal collecting for the global pet trade, plus they have a lot of other threats. They are a rare find on the piedmont and our best remaining populations in MD are in the Ridge and Valley.

Tags: wood turtle, smallmouth bass

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