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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.

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.

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. Sam Crowell, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 19, 2015 | Permalink

Help Reduce Mortality while Handling Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Rervoir, Grantsville

Found this 24 inch 8 1/2 pound giant floating at one of my favorite spots on Piney Reservoir in Grantsville, MD, could have been many causes of death but the State of Maryland needs to be doing a little something more to inform anglers on handling and releasing trophy sized fish. This death could have been caused by angler error and it can be prevented... Please post the picture below to spread some awareness to the angler that wants to watch that fish of a lifetime swim away…

DNR Response: Thanks Mr. Crowell for the report. As you mentioned, there could have been many causes of death. We find that one of the most common causes of death is hooking injury, such as a deep gut hook. Handling stress also causes a problem for the fish. One common stressor that kills the fish is suffocation when fish are held in a containment unit that has deoxygenated and stagnant water.

To help reduce handling stress on the fish, we are making a conscious effort to provide pictures of anglers who are handling the fish the way you are. As you know, supporting the full weight of the fish with two hands is not something that most anglers do when they take a picture. The Conservation Director of Maryland Bass Nation, Scott Sewell, has made impassioned pleas for anglers to pay attention to how they support the fish's body at public meetings for at least 2 years. In our 2014 fishing guide (Basic Catch & Release Fish Handling Tips), our second tip is when handling fish, use wet hands and hold fish by lip with one hand and support its body with the other hand. Illustrating good handling techniques and providing tips may not solve the problem and I'm hopeful that anglers such as yourself will continue to spread the word.

Thanks for your email and for helping to keep black bass alive!

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Donald Lorden, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 19, 2015 | Permalink

Flounder Catch on Coast

Type: Coast
Region: Shore
Location: Ocean City

Allison caught these flounder with gulp on a artificial out of Ocean City, MD

Tags: Summer Flounder


  1. Kurtis LeMaire, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 19, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing in the Chester River

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Chester River

Went out for a quick afternoon of fishing. Caught these two cats! One Channel that was 27 " 10lbs and the other not sure what it was looked very different it was 25" and 8.5lbs nice fish both on cut bait. Both still swimming!

DNR Response: The other fish is also a channel catfish, it just has darker coloring which is not uncommon when they get larger.

Tags: Channel Catfish


  1. Mike Porta, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Conowingo Reservoir Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Conowingo Reservoir

MD DNR Eastern Region Inland Fisheries staff recently conducted the annual summer electrofishing survey at Conowingo Reservoir. Fish were sampled at 10 stations in the Maryland portion of the reservoir. Conowingo Reservoir supports a diverse sportfish community that includes largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Smallmouth bass were abundant, and although many of the fish were yearlings (3-7 inches), a good number of adult fish up to 20 inches were encountered. Abundance of largemouth bass adults was low, but many of this year’s young-of-year were collected. Based on the large number of young smallmouth bass and largemouth bass observed during this survey, anglers should have tremendous bass fishing opportunities for years to come.

Pictured are Technician David Fletcher (left) and Fisheries Biologist Mike Porta (right) with a pair of beautiful smallmouth bass collected during the Conowingo Reservoir survey.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, channel catfish, and flathead catfish


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 57
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Bass and Bluegills

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centeral
Location: Local Ponds

Despite the hot weather we have made some decent catches of 2 to 3 pound bass along with some more quality bluegills last week. My nephew David and I fished a local pond for 14 largemouths and 17 bluegills. Bass hit stick worms and chatterbaits and the gills took a variety of small jigs and plain garden worms on #8 Aberdeen hooks.

To avoid shoreline algae and invading aquatic primrose vegetation we actually 'wet waded' for these fish and had a great, refreshing day on, and in, the water!

Tags: largemouth bass, bluegill


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing With New Friends at Lake Allen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

Wednesday Fishing at Lake Allen With a New Friend I Met From MD DNR Angler's Log. What a Great Day We Had at Lake Allen . It was a Hot One We Both Had To Leave for a Moment Even though we were Catching Fish. He Had To Leave Because He Needed Suntan Lotion and I Had to Leave Because I Broke a Reel On a Hog of a Bass Caught In The Lillies. But We Both returned and had a Wonderful Day. All Caught the Bass on Plastics and Released them. Thanks DNR for the Angler's Log. I Have Met a Lot of Friends At Allen That Know Me From Here. Keep Up The Good Work. By The Way We Forgot To Get Each Others Name. Sorry That My Friends Brian Carter, Robert Morris, Chris Dav and Ronald Willis could not be there.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing in the Rain

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: North East River

Slipping into some rain gear and heading to the North East River, Steven managed to find the bass in the pouring rain. Using an orange crawdad under the docks seemed to be an attractant they couldn't resist this morning.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Ken Cunningham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Dorchester County

Ken Cunningham caught his first ever snakehead. It was 24 inches long and put up a great fight on a floating top water lure. It was caught on June 9, 2015 off of Highway 335 in Dorchester County. He killed it and it tasted great.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: upper Deer Creek

Here is a picture of a nice limit of trout from the upper Deer Creek last week. Fly fishing is getting better. I used beetles and ants to catch a boatload of nice trout. This limit was enjoyed for dinner!

For more Montana Grant, check out his website at www.montanagrantfishing.com.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Heriberto Gonzalez, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I was on a fishing trip with my girl Marie to Luck Raven reservoir on 6-13-2015 and I caught this nice largemouth bass.

Tags: largemouth bass

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