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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.

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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. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 37
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Posted on October 17, 2014 | Permalink

Best Time to Harvest Some Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Just want to remind everyone that now is one of the best times to harvest and eat a few panfish fillets. Bluegills, crappies, white and yellow perch, along with a host of hybrid sunfish species are chowing down in the fall. We recently enjoyed catches of 75, 31, 70 and 62 panfish, mostly bluegills, on our last four trips respectively from small public waters. Of those totals we kept 30 for the pan, releasing the rest.

Small 1/64th or 1/80th ounce shad darts or hair jigs tipped with worms or mealworms are our top producers. Fish them 3 to 5 feet below a sensitive bobber and allow the wind to drift them along weed edges, creek channels or around sunken brush or wood. Good luck and harvest only what you can eat for a few meals and release the rest, especially the larger specimens.

Photo shows Matt Gronaw with a pair of great fall bluegills from one of our recent trips.

Tags: Panfish, Bluegills, Sunfish, Crappie, White Perch, Yellow Perch


  1. Paul Major, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Garrett County Style Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County

Recently caught and released on a rainy day somewhere in Garrett county, MD. Used an artificial frog. Photo by my son, Sean Major.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 67
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.

Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout


  1. Gary Savage, Recreational Angler
  2. Berlin
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Catch & Release Award Winner

Type: Coast
Region: Ocean Shore
Location: Assateague Island

Congratulations Gary on the fine red drum catch and release. A whopper at 49 inches caught on Oct 10!

Tags: Red Drum


  1. Kirk Hadsell, Recreational Angler
  2. NO
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Cambridge Perch Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Choptank River

White perch caught noon 10/13/14 at Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Cambridge, MD a cloudy and rainy day. Used blood worms with a small #4 hook and bottom rig. It had been a very slow day and was picking my gear to leave when I hooked a chubby one, lucky me!

Tags: White Perch


  1. Solomon Jovenal, Recreational Angler
  2. Westminster
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Fish that Kiss

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Bass bite and kiss at Liberty

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Bob Schafer, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on October 16, 2014 | Permalink

Chasing Birds (and fish)

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Elk Neck State Park

Lauren (pictured) and I were running down the bay yesterday (10/10) when we ran into birds working off the point of Elk Neck State Park. We slowed down to throw to breaking fish and managed a few legal sized stripers on rattle traps. Light winds, overcast skies, 60s - perfect day to chase some stripers!

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Lisa Hopps, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Pocomoke Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Lower Eastern Shore
Location: Pocomoke River

On Saturday, 10/11/14, disabled angler Lisa Hopps caught a nice two and half pound Pickerel on the Pocomoke during cold and raining conditions using a spinnerbait.

Tags: Chain Pickerel


  1. David Moore, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Surf Anglers Pulling in Red Drum

Type: Coast
Region: Coast
Location: Assateague Island

49" red caught on assateague island 10/1/2014

Tags: Red Drum


  1. Aryeh Koblin, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 14, 2014 | Permalink

Striped Bass of Good Size

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Hoopers Island

I caught this 32 inch rockfish at Hoopers Island.

Tags: Striped Bass

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