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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.

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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. Mason Barrick, Youth Angler
  2. Unionville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Family Fishing Fun

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

Mason, age 11 fished the Patapsco River on 9/19/14 with his dad and sister. He caught lots of rockfish and blues casting artificial baits. Top water poppers, and plastics.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

New Personal Best

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

My son with a stringer of blue catfish that was too heavy for him to lift. He caught them using cut bluegill. The largest was about 30 pounds and his new personal best. It helps to have an "expert fishing guide" as a dad -- patting myself on the back ;-)

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 37
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Variety Rules with Family Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Public and Private Lakes

With the recent stable, cooler weather we have found that a variety of species are turning on as October closes in. We have done well on largemouth bass, channel cats, crappies, bluegills and redear sunfish. Small jigs tipped with mealworms or worms fished on 4 pound test below a bobber gets the panfish and Stank X Stix are catching the bass. Incidental catches of channel cats will take a variety of baits intended for other species.

Many small public and park lakes are producing well right now and it's a great time for family and kids fishing. Pictured is Elena Gronaw, my 4-year old grand daughter with her dad, Matt, and Elena's first crappie. Also, Matt shows his 2-year old daughter, Abby, a nice bass as she looks on.

Tags: bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, largemouth bass,crappie


  1. Derek R. Morgan, Sr, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Crappie spotted at Lake Bernard Frank!!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Bernard Frank

These crappie and bluegills were caught by my main man Big Rob!! We used artificial worms on 9/17/14 at around 12noon. They were HUGE!!

Tags: crappie


  1. Michael Wagus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Barnum Beauty

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Barnum

I caught this 19.5 inch, 2 lb. 13oz. Beauty at Barnum on Saturday, September 20th. She was full of eggs and put up a good fight. Just a 1/2 inch shy of qualifying for next years fishing challenge.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Rose Abido, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

Fall is here!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco State Park: Avalon Area

We spent the last 2 days wading at the Patapsco River. For the first time we caught these slimy little fish…which we googled and found out they are creek chubs/fallfish. On Saturday, we caught about 6-7 fallfish, 2 smallmouths and countless amount of sunfish. Today we caught about 5 fallfish, a few SMB and again a bunch of various sizes of sunfish or bluegills. Can't wait to go back next weekend!

Tags: fallfish, sunfish, smallmouth bass, bluegill


  1. Aron Weiner, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

First Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location:

My daughter Finley caught her first fish the other day. She's only 22 months old and she was very happy.

Tags: Bluegill


  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Surf Fishing at Flag Harbor

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Flag Harbor Beach

Location: Flag Harbor Beach in Late Evening
Tide: Flood and the Wind: 15-20 NE
Method: Surf fishing using Blood worms/ Cut Bait

On Saturday evening, Nathan tried out his new fishing reel combo he won from the Maryland Fishing Challenge off the beach at Flag Harbor. He caught a lot of spot, bluefish, and whiting. The big surprise was a nice 19 in rockfish that gave his new rod/reel combo a fighting challenge but Nathan came out on top and landed the fish. Thank you to DNR and Bass Pro Shop for sponsoring this great youth program!

Tags: Striped Bass, Spot, Bluefish, Whiting


  1. Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Blues and Rocks

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Bloody Point

Caught a limit of medium bluefish and caught two nice rockfish a 34" and a 27" off Bloody Pt. trolling spoons and Bucktails.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish


  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Lost Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lost Lake

Fishing with my Dad again on Lost lake on 9/1. Caught this nice bass on a wacky.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

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