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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 random drawings throughout the year 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. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on August 7, 2015 | Permalink

Tidal Potomac Walleye

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I pulled this Walleye out of the Potomac River today. Walleye are not that common in the Potomac. I have only caught 3 since last year, but they tend to be decent sized when you are lucky enough to find one. I also caught a handful of rockfish, but I decided not to take pictures because they are fragile and mortality rate runs about 5-10% if you take them out of the water for any length of time. For rockfish, I net them and leave them in the water while I remove the hook. I have achieved 100% survival rate using that method.

Tags: walleye, striped bass


  1. Martin Abel, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 7, 2015 | Permalink

Released This Monster

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Hall

Last Sunday late afternoon at Rock Hall, my friends Dale, Jay and I caught our limit on spot and released these monsters. "Strong" Day!!!

Tags: striped bass


  1. Richard Regula, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 7, 2015 | Permalink

Love Point Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Love point

I caught the 35 striper at Love Point on 8-1-15, trolling chartreuse surgical tube.

Tags: striped bass


  1. David Saunders, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 7, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

I caught this largemouth bass at Loch Raven on a Rapala crankbait under fallen tree.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on August 5, 2015 | Permalink

Full Bushel

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

Caught this full bushel of nice crabs this past Sunday! 3-1/2 Hours running 1000 foot trotline. Again best crabs of the season so far, biggest 8-1/4

Tags: blue crab


  1. Ivan R. Cohen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on August 5, 2015 | Permalink

Couple of Big Bass Last Night

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Caught both on a topwater in the evening. Needed a heavy rod to get them through the grass.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Todd Bond, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on August 5, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release at Rocky Gorge

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

Caught 3 largemouth and 3 striper the evening of 8/2/15. The pictured largemouth was caught in the area of the Rt. 29 bridge on a bucktail jig/Gulp grub trailer combo. The fish was released.

Tags: largemouth bass, striped bass


  1. Dan Moon, Recreational Angler
  2. Woodbridge, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

Don't Wait - Call DNR if You Think You Have a State Record Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Chicamuxen

Dan Moon of Woodbridge, VA caught this 35" snakehead in Chicamuxen off of the Potomac River on June 20, 2015 on a Booyah spinner bait. Our boat scale weighed the fish at 18.8 pounds, which would be a world record on a rod and reel, if it is correct. We could not locate a certified scale to have it officially documented. The fish was killed, removed from the river and eaten. According to information online, the current and prior world records were both caught within 2 miles of the area where this fish was caught.

DNR Response:Thanks for sending in this very impressive picture of the 35 inch, 18.8 lb snakehead!

The current world record is 17 lb, 12 oz from Quantico Creek, Triangle, Virginia, caught by Luis Aragon on 5/20/2014, and the current Maryland State Record is 16.94 lbs caught by Teddy McKenzie on 6/1/2014 in the Potomac River.

For any official state or world record you must get the fish weighed on a certified scale. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a certified scale in some areas, and many tackle shops do not carry them. For example, we have weighed fish at seafood markets and grocery stores (to get certified weights). There is a certified scale at the DNR Fisheries Cedarville Field Office (301-888-2423) in Brandywine and we hope to purchase certified scales for other field offices in the future. If you think you have a state record call 443-569-1381 and immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed, in order to preserve the weight.

You can enter your snakehead into the MD Fishing Challenge, the minimum size is 30 inches, and it must be kept. Here is the link with the official rules: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/challenge/species.aspx.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

Big Blue Crab

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing with their Dad on the West River and caught this 8 inch MD Blue Crab!

Tags: blue crab


  1. Kalvin Thrasher, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

Baby Walleye at Seneca Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek State Park

I caught this small walleye just across from the boat ramp at Seneca Creek State Park. My dad is the only other person that I know of who has caught a walleye in this section of the river and that was a long time ago.

Tags: walleye

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