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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.state.md.us. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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There will be a 2013 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. Max Erickson, Recreational Angler
  2. Pasadena, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 19, 2014 | Permalink

Fly Fishing for Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River and Patapsco River Daniels

Recently I fly fished the Gunpowder River (march 15th). I fished the catch and release section where the river meets York Road. I fished most of the day and saw lots of bug action and only a few rises. No fish were caught but I had a great time. The next day (march 16th), I headed to the Patapsco River Daniels section. I only fished here for about an hour and a half but was very succesful. Two fish were caught, both on scud patterns and in deep pools. Overall it was a great was to kick off the start of the spring.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Benjamin J. Powell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 19, 2014 | Permalink

Bank Fishing the Upper Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac River

Caught these fish on the upper Potomac River on March 16th. River is a little high from the snow melt but we worked the banks fishing every little eddy we can find and were able to wrestle in a couple Walleye, one was 4 pounds, and a young Tiger Muskie.

Tags: Walleye, Tiger Muskie


  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on March 19, 2014 | Permalink

Lost Lake Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco's Lost Lake

First fish of the year. Rainbow Trout out of Patapsco's Lost Lake.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Elkhorn Lake

I fished Elkhorn Lake on Thursday March 13, 2014 from 12-1 pm. I was on my lunch break I caught two Rainbow Trout on yellow garlic power bait. I know the DNR cuts one of the fins off but one of the two I had caught didn't have any cut off. I'm assuming they just missed that one since there's a lot of fish.

DNR Response: Hi James, our trout program does not routinely fin clip the trout that we stock. The practice of fin clipping has only occurred in a few isolated trout studies.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Tommy O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

A 5 Fish Species Day!

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tuckahoe River

On February 22, 2014, I went fishing with my Dad and our friend, Mr. Keith Lockwood on the Tuckahoe River. We were bottom fishing using worms and cut bait, but the worms were working best. The three of us caught a total of 11 fish, and I caught 9 of them! We caught a Striped Bass, White Perch, Channel Catfish, White Catfish and a Yellow Perch. We released all of them except for one Channel Catfish and a few medium sized White Perch which I ate for dinner that night!

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch, Channel Catfish, White Catfish, Yellow Perch


  1. David Redden, Recreational Angler
  2. St. Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

A Crappie Kind of Day

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Southern MD Fishing

Hello from southern MD

With the temperature just getting into the lower 50's this morning I decided to head to one of my favorite spots to try a little fishing. I sure am glad I did since I caught a little of a dozen crappie and a couple of nice largemouths as well. I was using a small jig with a variety of color grub style soft plastics. Now we just have to get some consistently warmer weather so I can take my youngest son out as well.

Ps: I brought the net to try and get some of the litter around the water's edge.

Tags: Crappie, Largemouth Bass


  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

Harford County Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

I went out Saturday for a few hours had fun fishing at the pond with my sister in Harford County. Caught a few catfish, 1 sunfish and 1 crappie, the weather is getting a little better now so I hope I get out more.

Tags: Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie


  1. Richard White, Recreational Angler
  2. Severna Park, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on March 18, 2014 | Permalink

Fun Time Crappie Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Severna Park Pond

One of my favorite things about late winter/early spring in MD is crappie fishing. Local ponds here in Severna Park are giving up crappie every day, none really big but a load of fun. Tiny live minnows and 3 in mirror Rebel minnows.

Tags: Crappie


  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on March 17, 2014 | Permalink

Water Temps Slowly Warming in Upper Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Although winter continues to maintain its grip, water temperatures in the upper Potomac are slowly warming into the 40s. Smallmouth fishing has been good, especially on warm afternoons.

Snowmelt has kept flows high, so look for bass in calmer areas behind islands and in shoreline eddies. Tubes and hair jigs have been best, but dont overlook jerkbaits and crankbaits too. On a recent outing in Alleghany County, Steve Peperak and I had a great day catching and releasing many quality-size smallmouth including several over 17 inches.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Laura O'Connell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on March 17, 2014 | Permalink

No Bites But Still Fun

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Hillsboro

I went fishing on March 16, 2014 in Hillsboro. I was fishing with my mom and dad in our canoe. We were fishing with minnows and we didn't catch anything at all, not even a bite. Even though we didn't catch anything, I had a lot of fun because I never get to go fishing with just my mom and dad without my brother.

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