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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. Joshua Pepin, Youth Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 15, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Bass Caught at Derby

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

Joshua caught this bass in the recent kids fishing derby at Piney Run Park in Sykesville, MD. While it didn't count for the derby (panfish only) he went home feeling like a winner! 18" largemouth caught on a weightless 3" creature bait.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Bruce McGrath, Recreational Angler
  2. Laurel, DE
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 15, 2015 | Permalink

It Might Have Been a State Record

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Eastern Shore
Location: West of South Marsh Island

Caught this nice sheepshead on July 12th on a beautiful day while fishing at the American Mariner Navy Target Ship to the west of South Marsh Island. The waves were flat, so the opportunity to take my boat out a little further was too much to resist! I was hoping to catch a nice cobia since I had heard they were being caught recently. After about an hour, I was ready to move on as not even a minnow had touched my bait. Then it struck like a purse-snatcher! It only took about 3 minutes to land this magnificent fish. I nearly knocked my wife Patty overboard trying to net it. It was just over 24" and I estimated it to be close to 15 lbs. I then released it thinking it was a small black drum and not that it may have qualified as a state record sheepshead. On the positive side, it will live to be caught another day!

Tags: sheepshead


  1. Adam Eshleman, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Central Maryland Brook Trout Sampling Update

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore County Stream

Maryland DNR Inland Fisheries staff have been busy sampling Brook Trout streams these past few weeks. The video was taken in a Baltimore County stream that has been consistently sampled since the mid 1990s. 10-15 Brook Trout were collected from this one pool alone and multiple fish were over ten inches. Central region staff in the video include Todd Heerd using the electrofishing unit, Regional Manager Mark Staley and Adam Eshleman are netting fish. The video was shot by Inland Fisheries Manager of Regional Operations Charlie Gougeon.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Best Crabs of the Season

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

Caught this bushel of nice crabs this past Sunday! 3.5 Hours running (30) COLLAPSIBLE TRAPS. Best crabs of the season so far, the biggest was 7.5 inches.

Tags: blue crab


  1. Wes Pollard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent Rockfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

My buddy and I caught these beautiful rockfish on the Patuxent River near Solomons using jig heads and bkds.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Roger, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead Full of Eggs

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope Creek

I caught this snakehead fish on the Marshyhope Creek July 12th, 2015. I caught it on a buzzbait. It was caught at the Federalsburg boat ramp in the marina in the southwest corner of the ramp that no one uses. It was 18 3/4 long and weighed 2 lb. 4oz. The fish was full of eggs and also full of long coiled up red worms. The worms were in the eggs as well as in the meat of the filet.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Wyatt Hall →

Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Weekend Fishing with My Brother

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Wyatt was fishing over the weekend with his brother Ryder and caught some perch and catfish.

Tags: white perch, catfish


  1. David Neff, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

It's a Kingfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Sharps Island Shoal

I am reporting an unusual fish:
Harvested in the afternoon of 07/11/15, 2 NM NE of Sharps Island Shoal, out going tide. Caught utilizing standard bottom fishing technique for harvesting spot, bait was blood worm.The proportions, markings and configuration of the lower jaw are inconsistent with spot or red drum.

DNR Response: You caught a kingfish. Kingfish are common along our coast during warm months and are frequent visitors to our portion of the bay typically late summer. They enter the Chesapeake Bay in the spring and leave in the fall for wintering grounds on the continental shelf.

Tags: kingfish


  1. Eric Zile, Recreational Angler
  2. Union Bridge
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Another Good Day on the Northern Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Me, my dad and his girlfriend had another good day of fishing on the northern Potomac at Dargen Bend. We started off at daylight fishing worms and caught numerous catfish and dad hooked this nice carp. Then we switched to trolling and I caught this nice walleye along with about 3 dozen or so decent smallmouth as well. All were released unharmed. Great job to the Maryland DNR for keeping the boat ramps cleared of debris after the recent high water from heavy rains!

Tags: walleye, carp, smallmouth bass


  1. Adam Weishaupt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 13, 2015 | Permalink

Transquaking River Snakhead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Transquaking River

Here is a picture of snakehead fish caught in the Transquaking River on July 10, 2015. One is 18" long and one is 20" long.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

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