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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.state.md.us. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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There will be a 2013 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. Chris O'Haver, Recreational Angler
  2. Bowie
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Mallow's Bay Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I fished Mallow's Bay for the first time Saturday with my brother and two fishing buddies. Cool location for kayaks. I pulled in a 21.5 inch largemouth on a rattle crank bait, and a nice 23 inch snakehead on a popper. I released the bass. I steamed the snakehead with ginger and scallions, and served with a sake/lemon/soy sauce. First snakehead I ever caught, and the largest largemouth I ever caught! Great day! My buddies also caught a few other LMBs and a channel catfish.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish


  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Trifecta!

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Another trifecta this morning. I headed out of the kayak launch at Nan's a Cove and paddled out towards the mouth around 8:15. The wind was coming out of the north and the tide was falling, so the drift in the kayak was pretty fast. I had my lines baited like I usually do with small pieces of shrimp on circle hooks. I ended up catching 3 or 4 perch, a half dozen croaker and my first striped bass of the year. It measured about 16". All were released live.

Tags: White Perch, Atlantic Croaker, Striped Bass


  1. Joshua Lerche, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Western Catch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Bear Creek

I was wondering if this was a tiger trout I caught at Bear Creek in Friendsville, near the main street bridge? We'd like your expert opinion. If it is a tiger trout was this a mix up at the hatchery or is it possible that it occurred naturally in the wild?

DNR Response: This fish does appear to be a tiger trout or a very oddly patterned Brown Trout. It also does appear to be a hatchery-origin fish. Nice catch!

Tags: Trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Sea Bass Ocean Trip

Type: Coast
Region: Atlantic
Location: Ocean City

I just returned from my first Seabass trip to Ocean City Maryland this year 2014. I heard that fishing has improved from a slow start this spring. I boarded the Morning Star headboat and we traveled about 2 and 1/2 hours to our first spot. The boat tried a little Tuna trolling on the way but no luck. We arrived and started fishing. As I was letting my line on the first drop, it stopped going down and to my surprise I hooked a Dorado which fought like a Bluefish. Afterwards I caught Seabass most of which I had to throwback. However I hooked one nice fish which I kept. We moved to another spot and I caught a nicer fish, continued fishing and caught more keepers. Toward the end of the day I caught a nice fish in the 2-3 lb range which I thought would win the pool. Unfortunately someone got one slightly bigger. Fishing was good with some nice fish being caught. I caught 1 Dorado and 8 Seabass. Three of the Seabass were nice fish. On the way home the boat trolled for Tuna but still no luck. There are Dorado out at the reefs and wreck sites and they often take clam baits as they are lowered to the bottom. Maybe some big ones are possible. Overall a good summer trip. Tight lines.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Dorado


  1. Roger Watkins, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

26" Muskie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Dam 4 Potomac River

Caught, revived and released this nice 26" Muskie bass fishing at Dam #4 at the mouth of Rocky Marsh. I was using a shakey head worm and he followed it in so I switched to a rapala clacking x rap and was able to catch him. I was using 6# line and no leader.

Tags: Muskellunge


  1. Shayla Nguyen, Youth Angler
  2. Gaithersburg
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Crabbing in Ocean City

Type: Coast
Region: Coastal
Location: Sinepuxent Bay

I went camping in ocean city at Sinepuxent Bay, my name is Shayla Nguyen, I'm 12 years old and I had an amazing time crabbing for this crab that is 6.75 inches long. I was very excited when I caught it! I enjoyed my time there.

Tags: Blue Crab, Youth Angler


  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washingto,n MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Bottom Bouncing for Croaker, Perch and Spot

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Point Lookout

Day two in our boat out of Point Lookout, headed north a short way up the Potomac River. We bottom bounced colored spinner blade rigs tipped with either garlic-night-crawlers, bloodworm, squid or shrimp. The hot colors were pink, violet, aquamarine, red, orange and surprisingly enough, brown. The not-so-hot colors were chartreuse, green, yellow, blue and clear. We caught plenty of Spot, White Perch and the boat limit of Croaker. All in all, a great day fishing.

Tags: Atlantic Croaker, White Perch, Norfolk Spot


  1. Kevin Ruark, Recreational Angler
  2. Eldersburg
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 26, 2014 | Permalink

Sunfish ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

My buddy and I were fishing out on Liberty Reservoir when he caught and released this nice sunfish. It was clearly a nice sized fish at 9 inches for the species so I immediately thought of the possibility of it being eligible for an angler award as well as for the Maryland Fishing Challenge. After attempting to positively identify it through various internet websites I think this is a Long Eared Sunfish but if I am correct I did not see it on the list for species on the size chart for the Fishing Challenge. Am I correct in my identification and if so what would be the minimum size requirement for this species to receive a catch & release award and be eligible for the Maryland Fishing Challenge? Caught on a jointed floating Rapala.

DNR Response: It appears to be a hybrid bluegill X redbreast sunfish. Both species are found in Liberty Reservoir. If it were a longear sunfish there would have been a white or orange/red margin on the opercular flap (the "ear"). Its a beautiful fish and not a hybrid that we often see. Thanks for sending it in.

The fish meets the minimum size for the Redbreast Sunfish so you'll be awarded a Catch & Release award for the catch!

Tags: Hybrid Bluegill x Redbreast Sunfish


  1. Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 25, 2014 | Permalink

Choptank at Route 50 Bridge

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Choptank River

Here are some pictures of a family day boating and fishing trip at the Choptank River near the Route 50 bridge. Caught these nice looking croaker and some spot while enjoying a gorgeous day at the river, used bloodworms as bait.

Tags: Atlantic Croaker, Norfolk Spot


  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on June 25, 2014 | Permalink

Croaker on the Line

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Cornfield Harbor

Went out of Point Lookout for some evening fishing on 6/23 in Cornfield Harbor. Current was strong so we decided to try drift fishing spinnerbaits tipped with bloodworm. Surprisingly caught 15 keeper croaker in 2 hours.

Tags: Atlantic Croaker

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