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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. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on January 23, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Spent the weekend on Deep Creek Lake with my cousin and a friend and man was it pretty incredible...ice was 8"-10"...we caught lots of fish jigging...Friday was miserable with winds gusting 30+ mph...a bluebird day greeted us Saturday and pushed the fish 30+ feet deep...a few hours of overcast Sunday...then back to reality...yellow perch to two pounds...walleye to six pounds...a guy close pulled a 28" walleye thru the ice...heres a few pics...can't wait to get back!!!

Tags: yellow perch, walleye


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on January 16, 2015 | Permalink

Trout On Ice

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

I caught my first trout through the ice today after school. So glad Matt got me and dad into ice fishing, what a fun way to spend the cold winter days.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish While Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

With some good advice from DNR's Matt Sell and some helpful assistance from a couple other friendly fisherman, I caught my first fish through the ice while fishing at Piney Reservoir on 1-11-15. I hope to get out on the ice more and hope to see the folks that have helped me to get started ice fishing.

Tags: yellow perch


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing Gunpowder River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

We fished the Gunpowder River today and caught about 60 yellow perch on live minnows and shad darts. We got a decent amount of keepers (15). We released all of the fish. We also caught a couple crappie and bluegills too.

Tags: yellow perch, crappie, bluegill


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of the Year

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove WMA

On January 4, 2014, Elijah caught this rainbow trout at Myrtle Grove WMA using Berkley Powerbait. A total of three trout were caught that day. On sunny days, trout can provide winter action in places where they were stocked the previous fall. What a great way to start 2015!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Joe Evans, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

Severn River Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

December 27, 2014: With perfect weather in the offing, and DNR Inland Fisheries director Don Cosden gearing down toward imminent retirement from 41 and a half years of public service, we decided to fish.

Naturally.

Cosden had chain pickerel on his mind, and winter is the time to cast for them in shallow water, so we joined the incomparable Admiral of the Bay John Page Williams (Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior naturalist) for a guided tour of his favorite Severn River spots.

In no time he had us out of the boat and wading across skinny salt-pond flats while tossing small bucktails, spoons, and even a yellow and white Clouser minnow fly along the subtle drop-offs where the water went from just inches to about three feet deep. After witnessing the Admiral fool, play, and land a couple of 20- to 25-inch fish, we got the idea and hooked a some for ourselves.

The trick turned out to be casting along the edge of the contour toward the deeper water and bringing the lure/fly back slowly. Using a light spinning rod, we would simply lift the rod tip just enough to stay off the bottom and avoid snagging the layer of sunken leaves, but reeling in on the drop to stay in contact with the lure. With the fly, it was all about keeping a steady retrieve while pointing the rod tip in line with the flyline.

There is nothing subtle or tentative about the way a pickerel takes the bait. They pounce so aggressively that it kind of makes you sorry for any hapless forage fish that may meander too close to the pickerelís lair.

Once hooked, the pickerel will light up and show its marvelous green sides, chain pattern, sterling silver cheeks, and lavender mouth full of sharp teeth. Use a handy lipping tool such as the floating Fish Grip Jr by United Plastic, and pinch down your hook barbs to make the release go smoothly.

Hereís Cosden with the biggest pick of the day, a 27 incher with Haloti Ngata-sized shoulders.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Bryan Latham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

New Years Day Crappie

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac Tributary

I started the New Year off right with a mess of crappie all caught on small tube jigs under a casting float, with a light action rod and 4 pound test. I caught them around docks and in deeper creek channels. I had to work around the floating/moving sheets of ice, but was well rewarded with fish up to 13.5"

Tags: crappie


  1. Mike Otto, Recreational Angler
  2. Fallston, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I fished Loch Raven on January 2 and caught and released 4 nice pickerel including a fat 25 incher.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Jason Haney, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on January 2, 2015 | Permalink

Perfect Day to Fish for Perch

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On December 27, 2014, the weather was perfect to take the kids fishing to see if the perch were biting. The water temp was in the low 40's and we fished 2" Berkley Power Grubs on a 1/8oz heads. We targeted shallow water and the fish were there. We fished for about 2 hours and caught about 2 dozen fish. My children Jason, Avery and Kaitlyn were all smiles when the fish continued to bite their baits! This was a great way to finish out fishing for 2014!

Tags: yellow perch


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 44
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Posted on January 2, 2015 | Permalink

Great Ultralight Action

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Public Lake

On December 27, 2014 my bro-in-law Paul and I fished a small public lake and had almost non-stop action on panfish, with the majority of the fish being bluegills and redears, with a few bass and crappie in the mix. We used 1/100th and 1/64th oz jigs tipped with mealworms or a wax worm and suspended them at 4 feet below tiny sensitive bobbers. Water temperatures jumped up a bit to 42 degrees and this warm day also helped enable us to catch over 100 fish. All fish were released.

Some green weeds are still around in some of our waters and the warmer rain last week certainly helped us as well. Try to drift baits over tops of the vegetation. If we continue to enjoy the mild winter then panfishing could be productive all winter long.

Additionally, carp fishing at nearby Marburg Lake in Pennsylvania has been productive for patient anglers in quest of a large fish as a mid-winter treat. Here is one I caught on December 26 on a piece of pineapple/tutti-frutti pop-up corn combo.

Tags: crappie, carp, bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass

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