Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!

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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 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.

search the logs: 

  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 40
  3. View all reports by Joey Love →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

DC Fisheries 2nd Annual Snakehead Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: DC Metro Area

DC Fisheries is hosting a snakehead tournament on May 16, 2015. Bring as many harvested snakehead as you have to the weigh-in site between 1 - 2 pm to be eligible for some cool prizes. Fish may be caught in any jurisdiction, but must be euthanized in a manner consistent with law.

Check out the Snakehead Tournament flyer for more information.

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 4
  3. View all reports by John Mullican →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Smallmouth Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Steve Peperak and I managed to put a few nice Potomac River smallmouth in the boat recently. The river has been high and cloudy with the fishing generally tough, but there are some nice bass to be caught. Tubes, hair jigs and the like are always good choices, but our recent fish came on deep diving crankbaits. Fishermen will need to keep in mind that poor yearclasses in 2008 and 2009 have resulted in fewer 13 - 16" fish this year while the average to slightly above average yearclasses produced during 2011 and 2012 should result in good numbers of 8 - 13" fish. Please consider recording the results of your Potomac River smallmouth bass trips in our online volunteer angler survey. Information on the volunteer anlger suveys can be found at: Fishing catch rates are used by managers in conjunction with annual electrofishing surveys to monitor population trends.

Tags: smallmouoth bass

  1. Jason Sweeney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Jason Sweeney →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

9lb, 2oz and 25 inch long rainbow trout caught at Owens Creek in Frederick County using night crawlers.

Tags: ranbow trout

  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
  3. View all reports by Steven Snyder →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

First Bass This Season

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: North East River

First bass of the season on the North East River. All three caught using a yellow spinner.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Ryley McCardell →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Thurmont Pack 270 Trout Fishing and Litter Clean Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Frank Bentz Pond

Along with being an avid angler Ryley is also an avid outdoorsman and belongs to Cub Scout Pack 270 in Thurmont. What better way to introduce his friends to fishing than to have a Den meeting at our local pond! Ryley and his fellow scouts spent the evening fishing for rainbow trout and managed to land quite a few on salmon eggs. They also performed a service project and cleaned up litter left from fellow anglers during the trout opener. It was a win/win for the boys and wildlife!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Sheldon Flood, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Sheldon Flood →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Jug Bay Channel Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Jug Bay

Nice channel cat caught in Jug Bay area.

Tags: channel catfish

  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Rockfish Entered into the Fishing Challenge

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid and Lower Bay
Location: Gas Docks, Solomons Island, Tangier Sound

Congratulations to these anglers who are now enterd into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size striped bass catches:

  • Rico Tirado of Rockville caugth this 42 inch striped bass at the Gas Docks on 4/18/2015.
  • Robert Phillips from Glen Allen, Va caught this 43 inch striped bass on 4/20/15 at Tangier Sound.
  • Derek McLaughlin from Arbutus, Md caught this 41 inch striped bass at Solomons Island on 4/22/2015.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Solomon Jovenal, Recreational Angler
  2. Westminster
  3. Total Reports: 7
  4. View all reports by Solomon Jovenal →

Posted on April 23, 2015 | Permalink

Catch and Release Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Sandy Point State Park

I caught this striped bass cow using bloodworms. It was 40 inches and 45 plus pounds, it was legal but released.

Tags: striped bass

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
  3. View all reports by James Armentrout →

Posted on April 23, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Last weekend my brother and I went fishing at the Patuxent River in Bowie/Crofton. We were there from about 2-5 pm. We caught some white perch, yellow perch a hickory shad a smallmouth and a largemouth. We were using worms for the perch and small swimbaits on 1/8 ounce jig heads for everything else. I also saw a small pike/pickerel/musky I'm not sure which, but it bit my 2" swimbait off.

Tags: white perch, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hickory shad

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