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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. Chad McCormick, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 18, 2014 | Permalink

Avalon Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Avalon

Here is a pic of a 20.25" rainbow I caught at Avalon area of the Patapsco on April 3rd 2014.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Jesse Snyder, Recreational Angler
  2. Westminster, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 18, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie Kind of Day

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Local Pond

Saturday, a friend and I went to the eastern shore to do some pond fishing. We were pleasantly surprised to find a large number of large Crappie on the spawn. Fishing was super charged. They were hitting all sorts of lures from spinners to grub tails. We caught probably 20 crappie, kept 16 between us. It wasn't long before the largemouth got in on the action. While we released all bass, we scored near 60 largemouth ranging from 1 to about 3 lbs. I caught 1 --15" citation crappie , and 1 --11" citation sunfish over 1 lb. great sunny day to fish. We only a fished a small fraction of 2 ponds and could only imagine how many more fish were in there.

Tags: Crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass


  1. Nathan Franco, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Large Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

My name is Nathan Franco. My friend Jesse and I were fishing the lower Potomac on 4/13/14, we had a good day. We landed an 8 pound 27 inch snakehead and two bass. We also had a smaller snakehead bite off at the side of the canoe. I also am wondering why there were hundreds if not thousands of dead fish floating on top of the water. I think they were gizzard shad or silver carp. They were everywhere. We netted one to look at and noticed the eyes were all popped out swollen and red. Do they die after spawning? Is it normal for them to die this time of year? Please let me know.

DNR Response: The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) monitors all fish kills in Maryland, we have a link to their web site on our homepage, their phone number is 1-800-285-8195 during the day. This time of year many species are stressed and die just after spawning, always call in fish kills to the number above if you may come upon one while on the water.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass


  1. Capt Rick Mauk, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Trophy Catch & Release

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Caught this nice 48" on the first trip of the year April 5.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Grant Soukup, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing with Friends

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Friends Creek

Attached is a picture of my Fishing Buddy Frank Tewey with his first limit of trout this season. We fished the Friends Creek and had a great time. The Golden Trout was a challenge all afternoon but Frank was patient and persistent! Great fishing is always about great friends!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Paul Musser, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Large Trout in Montgomery County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Issac Walton Pond

Paul musser 4lb trout caught @ issac walton pond

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Bob Pitt, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Shad Fishing on Susquehanna Brings in Surprise

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Susquehanna River

I went shad fishing last week on the Susquehanna River, below Deer Creek. The water was high and fast , and the banks full of fishermen, however it looked like everyone was catching shad.

I had a blast and caught my first rockfish (Striped Bass) on a shad dart fishing downstream from where Deer Creek dumps into the river. I was so excited I couldnít get a good hold of the fish & take his picture. I went to grab him from under his belly, the line snapped and he swam away with dart in his lip still, I hope that doesnít cause him to die. I was so shocked that I actually caught a rockfish and got it close to see it and didnít know how to land him or grab it. Iím guessing it was between 17-20 ď.

Just before the rockfish I caught I got two shad at once. Double Trouble. That was a nice feeling landing those 2 also. I think I had 2 rockfish on the night before but they broke my line and got my spoon and dart rig twice.

Tags: Striped Bass, Hickory Shad


  1. Marty Horn, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Largemouth Caught

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

Caught this Largemouth Bass on 4/13/14 using a weedless, topwater lure worked through lillypads at Lake Allen. I saw several bass on their beds already.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. James Culp III, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

White Perch Fishin Found a Blue Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Nanticoke River

Myself and another person went fishing Saturday 4/12/14 in the Nanticoke River, our target species was white perch.

We caught 5 20-24 inch catfish, we're not sure if they are white or blue cats, in the 5-10 pound estimate range. Throughout the day we caught 20-30 white perch in the 5-9 inch range as well.

Top water temperature was around 60-63, air temperature from 60-75 degrees, winds light estimated 10mph tops, water depth 20-30 feet. We were using bloodworms on bottom rigs on ultra light rods which proved to be quite exciting with the big catfish.

If anyone can identify if these were white or blue catfish we'd like to know for sure.

DNR Response: James, you caught a Blue Catfish, we recently began an invasive catfish awareness campaign, please kill all invasives.

Tags: Whiter Perch, Blue Catfish


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Pond Action Heating Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Local Pond

Just wanted to let everyone know that pre-spawn largemouth bass fishing should be in high gear with the bite switching from rattle baits to soft plastics as large fish move shallow. This weeks cold snap will push it back a bit, but look for things to rebound nicely with stable weather.

The bluegill action has also been good with quality fish to 10 inches and they are liking 1/64th ounce jigs tipped with worms or maggots below bobbers. My son Matt shows a few nice ones we got at a Mason Dixon area pond and the bass are a few of the bigger ones I got last week.

Tags: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

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