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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.

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. Shawn McCardell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Thank You MD Youth Fishing Club

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

My son Ryley and I stopped off at Owens Creek after baseball practice. After a few casts he managed to hook a small brown trout. The fish seemed stressed and as it’s catch and release on Owens Creek right now we opted to place him back in the water as quickly as possible, without a photo.

But here is another photo I would like to share that was made possible because of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club, the Maryland Fishing Challenge and most importantly Fisheries employee Letha Grimes!

Up until two years ago it was quite difficult to get my youngest son Ryley, to go fishing. Then one day I saw that the Department of Natural Resources had just created a Youth Fishing Club. Being a Cub Scout Ryley was keen on earning the patch. But still it was a tough sell. There just wasn't enough action in our local ponds and streams to hook him on fishing. But then one day we received a letter from Letha explaining how we could have an opportunity to go out on a charter boat with a fisheries biologist to help catch and tag striped bass. So as luck would have it we were picked to go out on a boat at the end of July 2013. The seas were very rough that day and nearly everyone vomited; everyone except Ryley and I. Unfortunately the boat had to turn back for shore without tagging or even catching a fish. Despite everything that day just the experience had him start asking for more. The following summer I reached out to Letha and explained our circumstance from the previous year’s attempt and she was instrumental in getting us back out and he caught numerous stripers and bluefish. He loves fishing so much he had us charter boats while on vacation in the OBX to go fishing. He convinced us to charter another boat on the bay to go out fishing for striped bass last year and again this year. And ultimately all those pictures from the trips Letha helped inspire lead Ryley to a most awesome day this past March. Out of over 1000 kids he was selected to be the "Angler" for an article in Field and Stream magazine’s June edition, titled “How to Raise a Wild Child”. I just wanted share how much of an impact the Youth Fishing Club and Letha Grimes has had on my son. Thank you for everything!

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on August 24, 2015 | Permalink

Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Poplar Lick

I got out to hike and fish along Poplar Lick on Saturday. Brook trout were plentiful but wary. A stealth cast to a deeper riffle or pool usually brought a quick strike. I was fishing terrestrial patterns and a black ant worked well. Attached is a sample of a typical brook trout caught. This one was bout 7-8”.

Tags: Brook Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 74
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Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Annual Trout Population Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

The Inland Fisheries Service staff from across the state recently conducted the annual trout population survey in the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. One station in each of the management areas - the Fly Fishing and the Artificial Lure/ Fly Fishing Area - were sampled to monitor the wild trout fishery. Brown trout were the most abundant species, with a high percentage of the population in the 12 to 15 inch size range. Brook trout were present in both sample stations, with brook trout up to 12 inches collected. Brook trout reproduction was considered to be "good" while brown trout reproduction was considered "fair" in 2015 based on the number of young of year fish collected in the surveys. A few rainbow trout were collected in the lower section of the river. River flow levels are perfect, and anglers should try using small elk-hair caddis (#18) or terrestrial patterns such as ants to fool these beautiful wild trout!

Pictured are:

  • Inland Fisheries Service Director Tony Prochaska with a trophy brook trout.
  • Volunteer Jessica Klotz with even bigger trophy brook trout.
  • Jessica Klotz with a wild brown trout.
  • A young of year brook trout?.

Tags: brook trout, brown trout


  1. Adam Eshleman, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Central Maryland Brook Trout Sampling Update

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore County Stream

Maryland DNR Inland Fisheries staff have been busy sampling Brook Trout streams these past few weeks. The video was taken in a Baltimore County stream that has been consistently sampled since the mid 1990s. 10-15 Brook Trout were collected from this one pool alone and multiple fish were over ten inches. Central region staff in the video include Todd Heerd using the electrofishing unit, Regional Manager Mark Staley and Adam Eshleman are netting fish. The video was shot by Inland Fisheries Manager of Regional Operations Charlie Gougeon.

Tags: brook trout


  1. William Flint, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Pond Hopping

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Whetstone in Montgomery Village

I end up having an unexpected fishing outing while the wife was helping a friend. I drove between a couple of ponds in Gaithersburg when this one hit my Terminator 1/8 oz Pink Trout inline while finesse fishing near over-hanging trees. I was glad I was able release it so a kid might catch it someday and become hooked on fishing.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Matthew Bishop, Youth Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

At It Again

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing on the West River with their parents on Saturday June 20. They caught 18 crabs using a trout line.

Tags: blue crabs


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Brown

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught this brown trout in the Gunpowder River in Sparks, MD last week, on 6/13/15. It weighed over 5 lbs, and measured 24". Despite the 90+ degree summer weather, the fish were still biting actively on live nightcrawlers.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing for Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek and Friends Creek

I just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. I arrived at Owens Creek and found it to be high and muddy. Even so I hooked and lost a brown trout. Tried some other pools but no luck. Decided to try Friends Creek even though most fish have been caught. Friends Creek was also high and muddy. I hooked and lost a trout in upper Friends Creek then decided to try downstream. Best fish of the day turned out to be a 12" brown trout. I let it go. Caught and released a rainbow trout further downstream in one of the large pools. All trout were caught on a green wooly bugger. If the rains continue trout streams will be muddy and harder to fish. Still fishing is worthwhile and a good way to spend a summer day.

Tags: brown trout, rainbow trout


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: upper Deer Creek

Here is a picture of a nice limit of trout from the upper Deer Creek last week. Fly fishing is getting better. I used beetles and ants to catch a boatload of nice trout. This limit was enjoyed for dinner!

For more Montana Grant, check out his website at www.montanagrantfishing.com.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. James Johnson, Fisheries Intern
  2. Cumberland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Sampling for Brook Trout with DNR

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Various Streams

As of this summer I have had the privilege of working under Alan Heft and Matt Sell at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory based in Frostburg, MD. Being an avid angler from early childhood, the experience to work with these two on their western Maryland brook trout population sampling research has been an incredible experience already in the short two weeks that I have held the position. Thus far we have completed a qualitative sample of one restoration site, and quantitative samples at two other area runs. As previously stated, I have fished my entire life and have even fished some of the areas that we have and will sample. However, nothing has been more eye opening to the abundance of aquatic life than experiencing first-hand an electrofishing site sample. I was stunned to find sixty or so brook trout in a stretch of stream merely seventy-five meters in length. Keep in mind that these streams, for the most part, are only inches deep at parts and around two meters wide. Nothing is more fun than netting a 9-10 inch brook trout out of a stream so small. I am definitely looking forward to some of the larger sampling sites, as I’ve heard that it wouldn’t be uncommon to net over 100 brook trout in the first pass alone.

Tags: brook trout

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