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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. Chris King, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Chris King →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

First Confirmed Patapsco Blue Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Caught this Blue Catfish in Ferry Bar Park in the Patapsco River. It was approximatly 28 inches. We kept the fish and ate it!!! Fish and Game were out checking their baby fish that were released the last couple of years and got off the boat and checked and verified that it was a Blue Catfish.

DNR Response: Thank you for reporting your catch, it's one of the first confirmed Blue Catfish caught in the Patapsco River. As a reminder, DNR is asking the public to remove (kill) any Blue Catfish they may catch in Maryland waters, this fish is an invasive species.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

C&O Fishing Report

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

I went fishing at Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal north of Great Falls Maryland for Largemouth Bass. I fished plastic worms and had some success by walking almost all the way down to Great Falls Maryland. There are a lot of weeds in the canal making fishing difficult but the bass are there. Did not catch any big fish but 3 small bass. I talked to a bicycle patrol man who told me the canal does have snakeheads. He said to keep these fish if one is caught.

Fishing is slow overall for bass but if you have patience and are willing to walk a bit some fish can be caught. Maybe by fall the weeds will disappear making fishing easier. I went to Violette's Lock afterwards but caught no fish and talked to a hiker who said the fishing was not as consistent there as Swain's Lock due to changes in water levels. Tight lines.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Mattawomen Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawomen Creek

I caught this snakehead in Mattawomen Creek on July 31st, it hit a top water rico plug.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Are Out Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Deale, MD

On July 31st Nathan went fishing aboard Never E-Nuff charters with Captain Shawn Pruitt out of Deale, MD to tag fish for the “Diamond Jim” fishing challenge. We caught and tagged 50 rockfish for the contest . We also caught a lot of Bluefish and even more rockfish. Captain Shawn and his first mate Steve made the trip really fun and exciting. The marine biologists from DNR on board were also very nice and answered all of our questions. Nathan can’t wait to go fishing on Never E-Nuff again. Thanks!

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Almost a Bushel

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

Caught these nice crabs this past Saturday running a trot line, ended up with about ¾ bushel.

Tags: Blue Crab


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by Travis Franklin →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Another Great Saturday Bass Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

Nonstop Action at Lake Allen even made some more Friends. All Bass caught on plastcs.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 6
  4. View all reports by Skylar Hepner →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Southern MD Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Various Southern MD

Last week I went fishing twice (Brenton Bay and St. Clements Island Museum Fishing Pier). I didn't have any luck but I had a few bites. This morning I went to Wicomico Shores Fishing pier and I caught a White Perch using one of my dad's fishing lures. It was the first time I caught a fish using this lure.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Brandon Fortin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Size Perch

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location:

13" White Perch caught on a 2" sassy shad.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Fish

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Location: Various

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

  • Terrance Connolly caught a 36.75 Bluefish in Ocean City.
  • Caroline Page caught and released a 22 inch Largemouth Bass at Deep Creek Lake - Pawn Run.
  • Wyatt Rowe caught and released this 21 inch Largemouth Bass while fishing with his Cub Scout Pack in Braddock Heights at a farm Pond.
  • Tags: Bluefish, Largemouth Bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 33
  3. View all reports by Jim Gronaw →

Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Small Lake Venues Continue to Produce

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Our fishing this past week remains good for bass and bluegills as quality largemouths are active during low-light periods and on cloudy days. We caught several fish in the 3 to almost 5 pound range on a variety of plastic stickworms, surface frogs and a few on live bait while pursuing Channel Catfish. Central Maryland public and private venues are our targets.

Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds are sporadically spawning late into the summer and many quality fish remain close to springtime bedding sites. We like 1/64th to 1/200th oz hairjigs and Trout Mini-Magnets tipped with Gulp! Or live worms for these fish, some of which go one pound, but average quality size is 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound. Suspend them below a sensitive bobber and let the wind drift them through productive areas.

Pictured is Paul Sell with a fine largemouth from local water and some impressive panfish we kept for a meal, including a 10-inch, one-pound Pumpkinseed sunfish.

Tags: Pumpkinseed, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish

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