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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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. Michael Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Barnum Goldie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

I caught this 16 inch goldie at Barnum on 8-27-14. I was using my 4 1/2 ft. Shakespeare Ultra light with a Pflueger Trion spinning reel with 2 lb. test. It was quite a surprise when he surfaced and I wasted no time landing him.

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. Diane Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Big Channel Cat

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Rocky Gap State Park

Diane caught this 32 inch 12 lb. 10 oz. beast at Rocky Gap State Park on 8-29-14. She caught it using a night crawler on a 4 1/2 ft. Ultra Light Ugly Stick, Abu Garcia Abumatic reel on 4 lb. test with a #6 bait hook. After 15 minutes the big guy tired out and we were able to land him in our 14 ft. Jon boat. Her line and my landing net both broke as we got him on the boat. Needless to say, she was a little excited when she qualified for the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Channel Catfish

  1. Brian Zlotorzynski, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Summer Visitors to the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Caught one of these I believe you said it was a silver perch last year native to the gulf. And 6 of these flat fish in the cast net in Chesapeake Beach. What are they? These fish look like they should be in the ocean not half way up the bay.

DNR Response:The fish in the picture on the left is a silver perch which is a member of the drum family. The fish on the right is a harvestfish and is a member of the butterfish family. Both are summer visitors to the Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Harvestfish, Silver Perch

  1. Ted Macknovitz, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Catch and Release Drum

Type: Chesapeake

I caught and released this 46", 35 lb red drum jigging on Labor Day.

Tags: Red Drum

  1. Bill Stevick, Recreational Angler
  2. Laurel, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Bay Spanish Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Eastern Bay

On September 5th Alex, Evan and I were sight casting stingsilvers to breaking fish in Eastern Bay when this 19 inch (fork length) Spanish mackerel hit. A few weeks before I was fishing the same area and caught a small tarpon perhaps 14 inches in length. No keeper rockfish either time.

Tags: Spanish Mackerel

  1. Wes Powell, Recreational Angler
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Piney Reservoir Tiger Muskie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Reservoir

Tiger Muskie caught 9/4/2014 from Piney Reservoir. It was 49 inches and 22.5 pounds.

Tags: Tiger Muskie

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Went to Lake Elkhorn today at lunch and caught one bass. It was 20 inches and 3.11 pounds. Caught it on a Texas rigged 7.5 inch culprit worm.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Awesome Day at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Another awesome day fishing at the Loch Raven Reservoir on Monday, September 1, 2014 with my dad. We caught four fish. Lots of fish eating my bait that day. I saw a huge turtle swimming near shore. What a great day!

Tags: Panfish

  1. Kirk Schmidt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Little Choptank Remora

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Little Choptank River

Fishing in the Little Choptank River Off Ragged Point, 16 year old Evan Schmidt from Hereford, MD caught what looks to be a Remora.

DRN Response: There have been several remora reported in the lower bay in the past week. The picture is a bit fuzzy but that looks like a suction disk on its head.

Tags: Remora

  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on September 5, 2014 | Permalink

Northern Pike Research

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

DNR Fisheries Service has initiated a tagging study on northern pike in Deep Creek Lake in order to obtain some basic life history information as well as catch and harvest rates . Adult pike of at least 26" in length are currently being collected and tagged with a yellow FLOY tag that will be located along the dorsal fin. Each tag will have a four-digit number as well as a phone number (see attached sign). If you catch a tagged fish, please note the tag number, the date it was caught, the general location on the lake where it was caught, whether it was kept or released, and its length to the nearest ", and report that information via the phone number on the tag (301-689-7168). Your cooperation in this effort will help us to begin to collect the needed information to effectively manage this unique fishery and will also make you eligible for a reward!

Due to the low density of large pike in the lake and the limited number of tags deployed, we encourage you to take a picture of your catch and then release it so that we may continue to collect needed information from our tagged fish.

During the last stretch of cool weather, the surface temps on the lake dropped into the upper 60's during the early morning hours, so a friend and I decided to take advantage of the cooler water to try to catch and tag a large pike or two. Fortunately, we were able to hook up with a beautiful female that was 39.5" long and was fitted with the first tag of the project! She handled the tagging well and is out there waiting to be caught!

Good luck and tight lines!!!

Tags: Northern Pike

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