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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. Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on July 28, 2015 | Permalink

Local Pond Full of Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds in Parkville, MD

I was fishing in local ponds in Parkville, MD and I caught 7 bass and over 30 bluegill.

Tags: largemouth bass, bluegill


  1. Erin Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 28, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Smallmouth Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

Erin caught this 18 inch smallmouth bass at Deer Creek near route 136 on live minnows.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 10
  4. View all reports by Skylar Hepner →

Posted on July 28, 2015 | Permalink

More Perch at Wicomico Pier

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Wicomico Pier

I went fishing today with my dad at Wicomico Pier. I caught some more perch today and I saw the water snake again. This time I was able to take a picture of it. I was wondering what type of snake it is? Can you please tell me?

DNR Response: The picture is not great, but from what we can tell, it resembles a northern watersnake (Nerodia sipedon).

Tags: watersnake, white perch


  1. Chris Abbott, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 28, 2015 | Permalink

Chicamacomico Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

I was fishing the Chicamacomico River at the bridge on New Bridge Road in Dorchester County Sunday morning between 6:00 am and 7:00 am and caught 2 snakeheads. The first one I was unable to land but I did get him out of the water long enough to identify it and estimate it's weight at 6-7 lbs. The second was roughly 12" long and 1-2 lbs. I did not return it to the water. I enclosed a picture of the smaller one for identification purposes.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Lena Harbaugh, Recreational Angler
  2. Sabillasville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Another Invasive Out of the Water

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Just off of River RD.

I caught this just over 16 lb, 34" flathead catfish just off of River RD. My husband, Jesse Hoffman, and I spent about four hours of no action before catching this guy. We tag teamed the catch, me with the pole and Jesse with the net making sure this one didnít get away. We used live bluegill caught out of the Monocacy to catch him. We took it to Fox's Sport and Bait in Frederick, MD to have it registered.

Tags: flathead catfish, invasive


  1. Matthew, Recreational Angler
  2. Severn, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Amazing Morning on the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Hacketts Point

Amazing morning out on the water, Satruday July 25th. The bay looked like glass. Had to deal with two knuckleheads that trolled and drifted through the 20 or so boats already anchored up at Hacketts Point to fish.

Again, looking for rockfish and chummed along the channel edge. Began with cut alewife for bait. Hooked into some big rays. Once I caught some spot I cut them up into strips and the rocks started to bite and the Rays stopped. The white perch were also in, hitting on bloodworms using a top/bottom rig. In the end I caught three undersized rockfish on the cut bait, all in the 15 to 17 inch range.

I didn't realize that rockfish were susceptible to being preyed upon by sea lampreys. You can see that one I caught had a really rough time with them. Had it been big enough to eat my buddy was adamant that you should not eat it. And said DNR had an advisory out about that. Is that true?

DNR Response: The Department of the Environment has available online a Fish Consumption Advisory - Guidelines for Recreationally Caught Fish Species in Maryland. Their guidelines for striped bass are: 1 serving of striped bass great than 28 inches a month. Also DNR recommends if the striped bass has open sores or lesions to throw it back.

Tags: striped bass, white perch, ray, alewife, spot, sea lamprey


  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Pasadena Fishing Derby

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Downs Park

I went to the fishing tournament at Pasadena this weekend. The fishing was slow because it was low tide. I won first place with an 8 inch rockfish, I caught five rockfish total. I had a fun time and can't wait for next year.

Tags: striped bass


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 25
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Winters Run Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Winters Run

John and Dan Horgan caught about 25 bass today both large and smallmouth at Winters Run on live minnows and Senkos.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass


  1. Bud Bricker, Recreational Angler
  2. Dover, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Flounder

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Atlantic Reef

Bud Bricker caught this 24.5 inch summer flounder on 7/22/2015 while fishing on the charter boat Morning Star out of Ocean CIty. It was caught by a reef in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tags: summer flounder


  1. Todd Bond, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 27, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

I fished Rocky Gorge from 4:30-8pm on 7/24. Caught 2 largemouth bass and one striped bass. The striper was the first I have ever caught in Rocky Gorge (a little over 12 inches). The pictured largemouth was just under 3lb.

Tags: largemouth bass, striped bass

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