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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.state.md.us. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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There will be a 2013 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. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 10, 2014 | Permalink

Breton Bay Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

Catching puppy drum in the Breton Bay today. Off of beetle spins. Bluefish also moving in and biting on beetle spins rigged with (1/8oz) neon green bucktails. The perch are still biting very well and are still coming in at the 10-13 inch range.

Tags: Red Drum, Bluefish, White Perch


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Balto County Mixed Bag

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven and Upper Gunpowder

This report is from the past holiday weekend. Caught a few Chain Pickerel from Loch Raven, while running spoons over the grass beds. Catch and release of course. Also fished in the upper Gunpowder, near the NCR trail, in various put and take areas. The trout bite was excellent in the morning hours. Kept a few hatchery raised fish for eating, and released all the smaller browns, along with a few tiny Smallmouth Bass. Drifting small nightcrawler pieces along the bottom was the most effective technique. Tight lines!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chain Pickerel, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Joe Guinther, Recreational Angler
  2. Leesburg, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

41 Inch Catch and Release Muskie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Here is a picture of the 41 inch muskie that I caught and released on 7/7/2014 in the upper Potomac.

Tags: Muskie


  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Elkhorn Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Elkhorn

Today I went to Lake Elkhorn on me lunch break from 12 to 1. I only caught one bass. It was 18 inches and weighed 2.66 I caught it on a Texas rigged culprit 7.5 worm in tomato color.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Michael Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. Abingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 9, 2014 | Permalink

Monster Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle River

I caught this monster perch at a marina on Middle River around noon on a gold spoon. I thought he was a nice sized largemouth cooling off under the dock but after my 3rd pitch he went after it. It's easily the largest perch I have ever caught but 1 of my buddies is saying he thinks it's a perch smallie hybrid. Your thoughts? Had to weight about 2lbs easy.

DNR Response: That is one whopper Yellow Perch for sure. As far as a Yellow Perch x Smallmouth Bass Hybrid; we do not believe that is possible.

Tags: Yellow Perch


  1. Duncan Houp, Youth Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

My First Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patterson Park Boat Lake

I caught my first fish with my new fishing rod! I went fishing in the park with my dad, brother Grayson and my Uncle Chris on the Fourth of July. I was the first one to catch a fish with my new scum frog lure. It was a little sunnie. It is great that there are good places to fish in the city. Canít wait to do it again!

Tags: Sunfish


  1. Jayson Huston, Recreational Angler
  2. Harpers Ferry, WV
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Flathead with Tarter Sauce

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac, confluence of Antietam Creek

My husband caught this 29", 11lb flathead this morning off of a crankbait. As if that were not strange enough, we didn't think that flatheads were found above Great Falls. That made this catch a bit of a bummer, but the silver lining is that it's getting served with a side of homemade hushpuppies & tartar sauce tonight.

DNR Response: There is an occasional reporting of a flathead above great falls, so it's not common but it's not unheard of either. The Flathead Catfish is an invasive Species and DNR asks anglers keep any Blue and Flathead Catfish they catch. Thanks for the report.

Tags: Flathead Catfish, Invasive


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Love at First Sight

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Greenwell State Park

I went fishing with my mom and dad on Saturday at Greenwell State Park. I caught a fish on my first cast. It was a White Perch. I gave it a kiss for good luck and put it back in the water. After fishing we hiked the Green Trail and the River Trail. It was a really fun day.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Michael Peters, Recreational Angler
  2. Hampstead, MD
  3. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

A Day To Remmember

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

As some of you know I did a seminar at Bass Pro in March of this year and I did a raffle for a trip to fish with me for a day to catch a Walleye or muskie for free. Out of all the names I had to pick from, Ryan Blaylock of Columbia, MD was the winner. On the 5th of July I was able to take Ryan out fishing. He had never caught either of the two species and 7/5/14 was a day he will never forget. Ryan landed 2 Walleyes each close to 5 pounds and to top it off he also landed 2 muskies. The first muskie was 37 inch and the second one around 33 inches with a beautiful pattern that I have never seen before. The muskies were released quickly due to the surface temp being 80 degrees. It was a good day for his first time fishing for them and my first day being on the water all year.

DNR Note: Mike, we're debating the 33" fish, we think it's a Northern Pike though it's very rare for that section of the Potomac River, the patterns on these fish can vary greatly.

Tags: Muskie, Walleye, Northern Pike


  1. Gary Tremper, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 8, 2014 | Permalink

Bushel of Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Rockhold Creek

Michael and Gary Tremper went crabbing at Rockhold Creek in Deale, MD at sunrise.They crabbed on the western shore of Rockhold creek and caught a bushel all like the crab pictured running a trout line.

Tags: Blue Crab

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