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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. Rose Abido, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Patapsco Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Avalon Area

Here are some catches from August. All from under the swinging bridge at the Patapsco State Park. We took our dog Cane this time and he actually enjoyed the water a little bit. Caught 3 types of different bass in a single spot! Overall, great fishing spot!!.

Tags: rock bass, smallmouth bass


  1. Richard Bistline, Recreational Angler
  2. Harrisburh, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Assateague Island Shark

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Assateague Island

Richard caught and released this sand tiger shark at Assateague Island.

Tags: sand tiger shark


  1. Mark Yengle, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Gag Grouper

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Route 50 Bridge

I caught and released this little guy off Rt 50 bridge. Looks like a Snowy Grouper. Please confirm.

DNR Response: It looks like you caught a small gag grouper.

Tags: gag grouper


  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Perfect Day For Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

I went fishing today with my dad. We went to our favorite fishing spot at Loch Raven Reservoir. I caught two fish. I used the new bait I bought from the suggestion of Ron the awesome customer representative in the Fishing Department at Bass Pro in Arundel Mills, Hanover, Maryland. I went shopping on Saturday with my Bass Pro Gift Card I won. Ron was awesome and he spent a long time giving me fishing tips to catch that big bass one day! The weather today was a perfect day to be fishing. I also met a new friend fishing today. It was another great day at Loch Raven Reservoir.

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  1. Makenzie Barrick, Youth Angler
  2. Unionville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Lots of Blues and Rocks

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Makenzie, age 9 fished the Patapsco River on 9/19/14 with her dad and brother. She caught lots of rockfish and blues casting artificial baits. Top water poppers, and plastics.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish


  1. Mason Barrick, Youth Angler
  2. Unionville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Family Fishing Fun

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Mason, age 11 fished the Patapsco River on 9/19/14 with his dad and sister. He caught lots of rockfish and blues casting artificial baits. Top water poppers, and plastics.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

New Personal Best

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

My son with a stringer of blue catfish that was too heavy for him to lift. He caught them using cut bluegill. The largest was about 30 pounds and his new personal best. It helps to have an "expert fishing guide" as a dad -- patting myself on the back ;-)

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 35
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Variety Rules with Family Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Public and Private Lakes

With the recent stable, cooler weather we have found that a variety of species are turning on as October closes in. We have done well on largemouth bass, channel cats, crappies, bluegills and redear sunfish. Small jigs tipped with mealworms or worms fished on 4 pound test below a bobber gets the panfish and Stank X Stix are catching the bass. Incidental catches of channel cats will take a variety of baits intended for other species.

Many small public and park lakes are producing well right now and it's a great time for family and kids fishing. Pictured is Elena Gronaw, my 4-year old grand daughter with her dad, Matt, and Elena's first crappie. Also, Matt shows his 2-year old daughter, Abby, a nice bass as she looks on.

Tags: bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, largemouth bass,crappie


  1. Derek R. Morgan, Sr, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie spotted at Lake Bernard Frank!!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Bernard Frank

These crappie and bluegills were caught by my main man Big Rob!! We used artificial worms on 9/17/14 at around 12noon. They were HUGE!!

Tags: crappie


  1. Michael Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Barnum Beauty

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

I caught this 19.5 inch, 2 lb. 13oz. Beauty at Barnum on Saturday, September 20th. She was full of eggs and put up a good fight. Just a 1/2 inch shy of qualifying for next years fishing challenge.

Tags: rainbow trout

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