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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. Bob Pitt, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Shad Fishing on Susquehanna Brings in Surprise

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Susquehanna River

I went shad fishing last week on the Susquehanna River, below Deer Creek. The water was high and fast , and the banks full of fishermen, however it looked like everyone was catching shad.

I had a blast and caught my first rockfish (Striped Bass) on a shad dart fishing downstream from where Deer Creek dumps into the river. I was so excited I couldnít get a good hold of the fish & take his picture. I went to grab him from under his belly, the line snapped and he swam away with dart in his lip still, I hope that doesnít cause him to die. I was so shocked that I actually caught a rockfish and got it close to see it and didnít know how to land him or grab it. Iím guessing it was between 17-20 ď.

Just before the rockfish I caught I got two shad at once. Double Trouble. That was a nice feeling landing those 2 also. I think I had 2 rockfish on the night before but they broke my line and got my spoon and dart rig twice.

Tags: Striped Bass, Hickory Shad


  1. Marty Horn, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Largemouth Caught

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

Caught this Largemouth Bass on 4/13/14 using a weedless, topwater lure worked through lillypads at Lake Allen. I saw several bass on their beds already.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. James Culp III, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

White Perch Fishin Found a Blue Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Nanticoke River

Myself and another person went fishing Saturday 4/12/14 in the Nanticoke River, our target species was white perch.

We caught 5 20-24 inch catfish, we're not sure if they are white or blue cats, in the 5-10 pound estimate range. Throughout the day we caught 20-30 white perch in the 5-9 inch range as well.

Top water temperature was around 60-63, air temperature from 60-75 degrees, winds light estimated 10mph tops, water depth 20-30 feet. We were using bloodworms on bottom rigs on ultra light rods which proved to be quite exciting with the big catfish.

If anyone can identify if these were white or blue catfish we'd like to know for sure.

DNR Response: James, you caught a Blue Catfish, we recently began an invasive catfish awareness campaign, please kill all invasives.

Tags: Whiter Perch, Blue Catfish


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Pond Action Heating Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Local Pond

Just wanted to let everyone know that pre-spawn largemouth bass fishing should be in high gear with the bite switching from rattle baits to soft plastics as large fish move shallow. This weeks cold snap will push it back a bit, but look for things to rebound nicely with stable weather.

The bluegill action has also been good with quality fish to 10 inches and they are liking 1/64th ounce jigs tipped with worms or maggots below bobbers. My son Matt shows a few nice ones we got at a Mason Dixon area pond and the bass are a few of the bigger ones I got last week.

Tags: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass


  1. Chance Vacek, Recreational Angler
  2. West Laurel
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Sandy Point Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central Bay
Location: Sandy Point SP

Caught and released this at Sandy Point on 4/5/14 around lunch time, it measured 37".

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Colby Gibson, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

First Fish of the Season at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I went up to Loch Raven on 4/14 to try my hand at landing my first fish of the season and I'm glad I did because it paid off! I arrived at the fishing center around 8:30 and the weather was less then agreeable, the temperature was around 73-75 degrees but the wind remained at a sustained 15-20 mph. It was extremely choppy and the wind was churning up sediment and debris from the bottom in almost all my fishing holes but one, a cove protected on three sides from the wind. I caught these 2 Largemouths using Watermelon Texas rigged worms in shallow water around 4-5 feet near some sunken logs. The first one was 15 inches and the second one was 16 inches and weighed around 2 1/2-3 lbs ( released without weighing ). Both were released unharmed for someone else to enjoy for another day. Hope the winds die down soon, Good luck and tight lines Y'all !!!

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Delicious Orange Fillets

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Woodsboro Pond

It is the time of year that many tables in Maryland are graced with fresh trout. I caught several limits last week at Woodsboro pond using light line and power bait. We like the fillets simply broiled with season all. Two of the stocked trout were packed full of row. DNR, could you please comment on the edibility and viability of the trout caviar?

DNR Response by Biologist Susan Rivers: I had a friend who tried to eat trout roe or ďcaviarĒ in the past by preserving it first and then tried to eat it. Unfortunately, she used commercially purchased eggs that had been fertilized. At a certain point the eggs are impermeable and the preserving process didnít work for her eggs, so they had become mushy and poorly flavored. The fresh eggs are a different matter. I looked this up online and there are several good sites that contain information. The key is to remove the ovary containing the eggs and to separate the membrane that surrounds the eggs. The membrane is clear, but full of veins. Tease this away from the eggs and rinse them well. After rinsing, the link below says to add 10 percent by weight of salt to the eggs and let them sit for a few hours. They are best consumed shortly after salting, but they can last 4-5 days according to the article. Based on what Iíve heard, eat them within the next 24 hours.

Be sure to preserve and eat eggs that are bright yellow. Those that have turned white have been attacked by fungus and should not be eaten.

http://troutcaviar.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-make-trout-caviar.html

Tags: Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Lark Creel, Recreational Angler
  2. Laurel, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deer Creek Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: North Central
Location: Deer Creek

I tried to fish Conowingo again but the dam is still wide open so I went over to Susquehanna State Park and fished Deer Creek, where I caught this catfish.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Creek Lake Walleye Season

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek

Anglers can expect another great Walleye season in Deep Creek Lake based on our recent electrofishing surveys. We sampled for Walleye in three areas of the lake (northern area, mid-lake area, and southern area) and Walleye were abundant at each station. We obtained a mean catch rate of greater than 200 Walleye per hour, which will probably be a record catch rate for Deep Creek Lake. Most of the fish were males in the 15 to 18 inch range, but we did net a couple of large females including this 26 inch, 6.3 pound trophy held by Fisheries Technician Kenny Wampler. The Walleye season opens in Deep Creek Lake on April 16th, with a five fish daily creel limit and a 15 inch minimum size. The best fishing is at dusk to early evening using Rapala-type lures or using live minnows Ė and the Walleye are in very shallow water during this time period.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on April 15, 2014 | Permalink

Managed a Few Smallies Even in the Wind

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

It was a tough day on the river 4/14/2014. The wind was howling and the current was strong, but I managed to land a few nice smallies. Here are couple that couldn't resist a jerkbait. Both were released unharmed.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

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