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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 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. Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Riverside Center Park Bite has Begun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Riverside Center Park

Fishing at the Riverside Park has begun to heat up. After the thankfully light rain and no thunderstorms a total of 7 largemouth bass and 1 catfish were caught in about 2 hours. The catfish was bottom fished and the bass were all caught on bait/float near the bank.

Tags: catfish, largemouth bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 47
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Dragging Jigs for Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

We have been having good success on trophy-sized pumpkinseed sunfish and redears by setting the bobber deeper than the depth of lake or pond bottoms and letting the jigs 'drag' along the bottom as the wind pushes the lures in and out of the shallows. If your depth is 6 feet, then use a longer rod and set the jig 7 to 8 feet below the float.

Redears and pumpkinseeds are more bottom dwelling/oriented than bluegills or crappies. Tip jigs with bait for that extra attraction. Bass are waking up as well, with rattle baits catching fish as shallow as 18 inches of water.

Good Luck!

Tags: redear sunfish, pumkinseed, largemouth bass


  1. Eduardo Marte, Recreational Angler
  2. Middle River, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Gunpowder Falls

I truly missed the opening of trout fishing in Maryland last week but not the excitement. I caught these four rainbow trout today, April 7th at the Little Gunpowder Falls below the bridge of Jerusalem road. Thanks for all your effort in stocking these fish.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Jeremiah Robinson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Native Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Fishing Creek

Hooked into some rainbows this past Saturday at Fishing Creek, this little guy couldnít resist joining the action. I love catching these natives, they have the coolest patterns.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout


  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Opening Day Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Stream

Got to my spot about 4:15am March 28th for the end of the closure period. By 4:20am others were already showing up at the stream. I dropped my line in at 5:30am and had a limit by 7:00am. Stream was packed with other fishermen by the time I left. A few flurries and a great day!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Carson Mayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Fun Day at Big Elk Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: Big Elk Creek

I went out fishing on Wednesday, April 1st at Big Elk Creek. The weather was awesome and despite a slow start, I managed to get two average sized rainbows, plus a midsize 16" rainbow.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Malachia Evans, Recreational Angler
  2. Terra Alta, WV
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Awesome Brook Trout on the Upper Savage

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Mainstem of the Upper Savage River

Went fly fishing on the Upper Savage April 3rd with my boyfriend Ryan Cooper and hooked into my personal best brook trout at 12.5 inches. This beast of a brookie was an awesome fight on the 3 wt rod I was using.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Carroll Creek Trout and a Surprise

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Carroll Creek

I took my son to fish Carroll Creek Thursday afternoon and he hooked into several trout but only was able to land one. He was using a bright yellow Joe's Fly on a spinning reel with mono. When I later went to clean the trout (sorry for the sloppy cut, I was short on time) however the stomach was LOADED with corn. DNR could you advise if they are fed corn before stocking or is someone chumming the creek?

For those anglers who are unaware Carroll Creek is restricted to the youth and the blind and the DNR does a great job providing quality trout for the kids to catch. Thanks again DNR!

DNR Response: It has long been a practice by some put and take trout fishermen to use canned corn for bait or to chum with canned corn as an attractant for trout. The practice of using it for bait has diminished greatly with the advent of the dough like Powerbait for trout bait but some fishermen still chum with corn. The trout hatcheries do not feed the trout they raise with corn at any time.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Michael Hammond, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Oyster Missing, Fish Found

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location:

We had gotten a bunch of oysters for Easter and when opening them nothing was out of the ordinary until I tried to open this one and it popped open very easily only to find two little fish inside and no oyster...it appears that the fish must have eaten the oyster and it also appears that both fish are not the same species as well..... any information on this would be greatly appreciated.

DNR Response: The smaller fish is a naked goby and the larger fish is a blenny, most likely a striped blenny. The naked goby is a very common little fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries and is very secretive; often hiding in oyster shell bars and various bottom debris and sea grass. Their pelvic fins are shaped into suction like disc that helps them hold on to oyster shells. They often lay their eggs in a dead gaped oyster on the inside of the upper shell and males guard the nest aggressively. Naked gobies can also be found in company of two other small common inhabitants of oyster reefs; the striped blenny and skilletfish. These fish most likely did not eat the oyster, they were just inhabiting the oyster shell after it died.

Tags: oyster, blenny, naked goby


  1. Brian N, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Easter Trout Fishing Was Slow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Forest Hill Pond

Easter Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day and decided to go up to Forest Hill Pond for some trout. Trout were a little slow, but this was a good one. The bluegill were hammering just about anything thrown in the water so that makes up a little for the slow trout. They didnít have much size to them, but still fun none the less.

Tags: rainbow trout, bluegill

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