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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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 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. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Marcelo Stenzel →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Caught Another Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Marcelo caught a 19 inch Snakehead in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton, it was eaten for dinner.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
  4. View all reports by Seth McCauley →

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Permalink

Report Boats in Distress

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: below the Susquehanna Flats

My uncle started out around 6 AM this past Saturday to fish below the Susquehanna Flats. As we approached our fishing spot I noticed a boat looked to have beaten us there. As we got closer I noticed the boat had a mast and as I motored up to the sailboat my fears were confirmed. A sailor had become stuck on a rock jetty. We tried to pull him off but the sail boat did not budge. It was high tide and we informed the sailor that he was on huge rocks and boulders, not sand. He indicated he had been stuck for the night and was going to wait until the next high tide (2 AM according to him). We encouraged him to call a tow company given his keel was likely stuck between rocks and it was already a high tide. We fished the area for about 2 hours and no tow boat showed. I had a bad feeling he was going to wait for the tide.

By the time we left the approximately 30 foot sailboat was a foot out of water with the bow curve showing as well as half the rudder. It was not listing which, to me, indicated the keel was stuck between two rocks.

In hindsight I wish I would have called DNR police just to alert them to the situation but they cannot force the sailor to call a tow, could they? I also felt at the time since he was not signaling distress I would be overstepping calling DNR. Hindsight says I should have called DNR because I felt the sailor may have been unaware of the seriousness of his situation.

As for the fishing, my uncle caught a 20.5 inch rockfish. At Sandy Point there were hundreds of very small (5 inch) rockfish feeding off the top water which was nice to see. I caught at small bass in the Susquehanna River. There were areas of the flats and river that were clear to the bottom. Other areas were chocolate milk. Not a lot of action but always good to be on the water.

DNR Response: Thank you for your report and as you surmized - always report boats in distress, the Natural Resource Police will decide whether or not it's necessary to intervene. Here's the Chesapeake Bay hotline to call along with situations to report:
Call 1-877-224-7229 to report any of the following:

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity

Tags: striped bass

  1. Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
  3. View all reports by Elvin Philip →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Being Part of the MD Fishing Challenge Finale

Location: Sandy Point

As an avid fisherman it was really nice to be a part of the MD Fishing Challenge Finale 2015 @ Sandy Point State Park. Great job done by the Department Of Natural Resources, it was also nice to see youth anglers win prizes. For my blog I am sending some pictures.


  1. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Karon Hickman →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Bass on a Black Worm

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Nice 3 or 4 pound largemouth caught on 4 inch Black Zoom Worm.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Richard White, Recreational Angler
  2. Severna Park, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by Richard White →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Pickerel Everytime

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

Early morning and after work getting pickerel every time out on the Severn. Nice 23 incher here on an all white spinner. Great year for pickerel so far, this fall should be awesome.

Tags: chain pickerel

  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Late Summer Mixed Bag

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Upper Gunpowder, Patuxent River

While fishing in the Upper Gunpowder River last weekend, I caught and released 6 smallmouth bass on an imitation crayfish lure. One rainbow trout also eagerly struck the same lure. Two weeks ago, the yellow perch bite was on in the Patuxent River (near the RT 214 bridge). The fish were caught on nightcrawler rigs, near the base of submerged trees.

Tags: smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch

  1. Robert Marino, Recreational Angler
  2. Hanover, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Robert Marino →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Fast and Furious Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Cash Lake

Caught a total of 11 largemouth between 12 and 14 inches, plus a few more smaller fish at Cash Lake between Laurel and Bowie. They SOS 7 inch pumpkinseed and 6 inch black Powerbait soft plastic worms with a 1/0 hook rigged Texas style. Three hours of fast and furious fishing.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Jim Spurrier, Recreational Angler
  2. Lutherville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Jim Spurrier →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Fishing and Caught a Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Barren Creek

I was Bass Fishing, in my kayak, at Barren Creek in Mardela Springs. I started off with a tough morning of high winds and fast incoming tide. I went over to an area out of the wind and current and noticed a lot of weeds so I got my Frog Rod out. I casted about 20 yards away and immediately had a tremendous strike, I set the hook and started cranking in the line. This fish was really pulling. As I got closer, I noticed the teeth of this nasty 27 inch snakehead. Fortunately, I had a deep hook set, so I knew he wasn't getting away. I towed this fish all the way back to the parking area, where it was disposed of.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
  3. View all reports by Jeffrey Socha →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Smallmouth Bass on the Monocacy

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Monocacy River

I decided to change my strategy on the Monocacy River yesterday and moved upstream from Riverside Park about a mile and a half and got in the water just above some small falls where some water was pooling. The river is about knee to waist high. Caught this nice smallmouth on a keitech 4.2 moss green swing impact.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Walter Hawk, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Walter Hawk →

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Assateague Gag Grouper

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Assateague

I caught this gag grouper under the Verrazano Bridge at Assateague.

Tags: gag grouper

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