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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. Dan Moon, Recreational Angler
  2. Woodbridge, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Don't Wait - Call DNR if You Think You Have a State Record Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Chicamuxen

Dan Moon of Woodbridge, VA caught this 35" snakehead in Chicamuxen off of the Potomac River on June 20, 2015 on a Booyah spinner bait. Our boat scale weighed the fish at 18.8 pounds, which would be a world record on a rod and reel, if it is correct. We could not locate a certified scale to have it officially documented. The fish was killed, removed from the river and eaten. According to information online, the current and prior world records were both caught within 2 miles of the area where this fish was caught.

DNR Response:Thanks for sending in this very impressive picture of the 35 inch, 18.8 lb snakehead!

The current world record is 17 lb, 12 oz from Quantico Creek, Triangle, Virginia, caught by Luis Aragon on 5/20/2014, and the current Maryland State Record is 16.94 lbs caught by Teddy McKenzie on 6/1/2014 in the Potomac River.

For any official state or world record you must get the fish weighed on a certified scale. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a certified scale in some areas, and many tackle shops do not carry them. For example, we have weighed fish at seafood markets and grocery stores (to get certified weights). There is a certified scale at the DNR Cedarville Field Office in Brandywine and we hope to purchase certified scales for other field offices in the future. If you think you have a state record call 443-569-1381 and immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed, in order to preserve the weight.

You can enter your snakehead into the MD Fishing Challenge, the minimum size is 30 inches, and it must be kept. Here is the link with the official rules: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/challenge/species.aspx.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Big Blue Crab

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing with their Dad on the West River and caught this 8 inch MD Blue Crab!

Tags: blue crab


  1. Kalvin Thrasher, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Baby Walleye at Seneca Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek State Park

I caught this small walleye just across from the boat ramp at Seneca Creek State Park. My dad is the only other person that I know of who has caught a walleye in this section of the river and that was a long time ago.

Tags: walleye


  1. Shawn Cherry, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Pooles Island Cats

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Pooles Island

Fishing Pooles Island for catfish - great day!!!!

Tags: catfish


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, MD
  3. Total Reports: 37
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

School of Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out Saturday 7-31-15 and shot some snakehead fish with my bow on the Potomac River. I also saw 3 different schools of snakehead babies. Two of them had no parent fish around and were in the wide open as you can see in the picture. The last school I saw did have a fish with them and that fish went home with me.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Zeljko Koretic, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Kenwood Boys Take Home First Place

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Elk Neck State Park

Once again Ivan Koretic and Logan Kuhrmann had a great experience fishing the The Bass Federation (TBF) High School State Championship on the upper bay on 7-25-15. Fishing was tough due to dirty waters but we still managed to find a few solid fish to bring home first place for Kenwood Highschool in Baltimore County! Fish wouldn't hit top water in the early morning so we regrouped and decided pitching docks would be our best bet in the 93 bright sunny blue bird day, and it was.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Tim Hockensmith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

July Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central and Western
Location: Taylors Landings, Black Hills, Dam 4

Except for the musky, all these fish were caught in July.

  • Taylors Landing - 17inch, 2.75 lb largemouth
  • Black Hills Laremouth Bass.
  • Walleye - Dam 4, 26 inch, 5lbs.

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  1. Todd Bond, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Catch and Release Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

Fished Rocky Gorge the afternoon of 7/31/15. One of the pictured bass was caught on a bucktail jig, and one was caught on a Berkley powerbait swim shad. Didn't weigh them before releasing, but I estimate one was 4lb and the other closer to 5lb.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Zac Coombs, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Hitting White Plastics, Tubes and Grubs

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy

Small and largemouth bass hitting white plastics, tubes and grubs. Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy. Also caught a few keeper walleye out of the Monocacy!

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bush River Channel Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bush River

I caught this 26 inch channel catfish August 1st in the Bush River on cut bait (sucker).

Tags: channel catfish

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