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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 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. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 26
  4. View all reports by Smiley Hsu →

Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

Good Day on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac

Another double digit day on the Potomac -- 10 rockfish and 3 walleye in 2 hours. I normally practice catch and release but my wife and neighbors found out I was catching walleye and insisted on some fresh fish for dinner so I kept two walleye one 22" and one 25". The walleye tend to be on the drop off around 10-15 feet and rockfish are typically deeper, 15-20 ft.

Tags: walleye, striped bass


  1. Nathan Franco, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

The Long Haul

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

We went out of Breezy Point this past weekend and made the long haul up to the bay bridge to live line. We didn't get up there til 4pm but it was well worth it. By 5pm we were limited out with 8 stripers ranging from 26 to 33 inches and threw back more than that. We got beat up on the way home when the wind picked up but it was well worth it. This is my dad Frank with the fish of the day measuring in at 33 inches.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Mark Phipps, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Bay Bridge Rock Piles

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Rock Piles

Great morning taking my granddaughters Kaylin (6) and Jenna (4) perch fishing around the rock piles on Sunday. They had a blast catching some nice white perch and one 21.5" striper on bottom rigs with soft crabs. The perch on the left was 12.5". This is what it's all about.

Tags: white perch, striped bass


  1. Shaun Simmons, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Dam No. 4 down to Snyder's Landing

My wife and I floated from Dam No. 4 down to Snyder's Landing on Friday, August 14th and had a great day! We live in Howard County and often fish the Potomac but this was our first time fishing a Washington County stretch. We were after smallmouth bass and muskies. It was a beautiful day, the water was low and clear and the bite was good from the morning to early afternoon. We caught about 15 smallmouth, all around 12 inches, all released for another day. While on the water, we had the lucky chance of meeting and chatting with John Mullican, I always track his reports and appreciate his work for us on the Upper Potomac. Seeing his reports inspired me to go after a muskie. Followed one mid morning, I caught this 34 incher right about noon. My first one! Did I catch a Tiger? We saw a few more throughout the afternoon but they weren't interested in our baits. It was an amazing experience and I'm so grateful for my awesome wife for snapping these photos and also getting a great video of the fight. She's my best fishing buddy! We also saw a bald eagle swoop down over the river and catch its lunch. We sat for about 5 minutes and watched it eat. Nothing like river fishing!

Tags: smallmouth bass, muskie


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

More Potomac Walleye

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac

Walleye are getting more common in the Tidal Potomac. Today I caught 3 along with a handful of rockfish.

Tags: walleye, striped bass


  1. Nicklas Long, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release on the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Breezy Point and Sharps Island Flats

Jigged up 6 bluefish 12-18" and about a dozen 18-19" rockfish all released on light tackle. Fishing out of Breezy Point and Sharps Island Flats.

Tags: bluefish, striped bass, Spanish mackerel


  1. Michael Roach, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Wicomico River Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

I wanted to report the snakehead I caught on the Wicomico River in Salisbury, MD on Saturday 8/15. I have attached a couple of pictures of the fish. It was killed and thrown on shore.

DNR response: thank you for removing the fish from Maryland waters, a reminder to all angler's - if you do not plan on eating the fish please dispose of properly.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 75
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Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Annual Trout Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Inland Fisheries Service staff from across the state recently conducted the annual trout population survey in the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. One station in each of the management areas - the Fly Fishing and the Artificial Lure/ Fly Fishing Area - were sampled to monitor the wild trout fishery. Brown trout were the most abundant species, with a high percentage of the population in the 12 to 15 inch size range. Brook trout were present in both sample stations, with brook trout up to 12 inches collected. Brook trout reproduction was considered to be "good" while brown trout reproduction was considered "fair" in 2015 based on the number of young of year fish collected in the surveys. A few rainbow trout were collected in the lower section of the river. River flow levels are perfect, and anglers should try using small elk-hair caddis (#18) or terrestrial patterns such as ants to fool these beautiful wild trout!

Pictured are:

  • Inland Fisheries Service Director Tony Prochaska with a trophy brook trout.
  • Volunteer Jessica Klotz with even bigger trophy brook trout.
  • Jessica Klotz with a wild brown trout.
  • A young of year brook trout?.

Tags: brook trout, brown trout


  1. Donald Lorden, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

O.C. Flounder

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Allison & Don Lorden caught these flounder over ocean structure and released several others in Ocean City, MD.

Tags: summer flounder


  1. Tony Nicholas, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Lake Ogleton Catfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Lake Ogleton

I caught this on a piece of peeler crab on light tackle in Lake Ogleton.

Tags: catfish

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