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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. Jon Griffiths, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Team Effort Landed Trophy Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Montgomery County Farm Pond

Here is a picture of a trophy bass I caught with my son, Ryan (7) this past weekend. We are both from Gaithersburg, MD and were fishing a farm pond in Montgomery County, MD together. Ryan saw the bobber shoot under and we both raced for the rod. Ryan wanted to reel it in on his own and managed to get the bass close enough for me to land. We were both so excited, high fives the rest of the night. He earned his milkshake on the way home. The bass was estimated at 23 inches, over 6 pounds. The fish was safely released.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Taylor Mooney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

I caught my second Snakehead of the year out of the Wicomico River river this evening around 7:30 pm near the same location as my previous one. I was fishing near Brew River restaurant in the Wicomico River on low tide using a dark green worm on 7/23/14 when this 31" Snakehead was caught.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by Travis Franklin →

Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Allen Day 2 - Nice Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

I had another great day at Lake Allen once again. All bass were caught on plastics. I even made some new friends that noticed me from the Angler's Log.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Karen White, Recreational Angler
  2. Dunkirk, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Mid Bay Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Karen and Nicole White were fishing on the Silvert Spirit in May when they caught these Striped Bass. Karen just registered here 40 inch rockfish and is now entered into the 2014 Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Bay Bridge Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

This past weekend, my brother and I fished around the pilings at the Bay Bridge. No rockfish, but got a few large Spot and White Perch. Also released a small Bluefish.

Tags: Spot, White Perch, Bluefish


  1. Jacob Holtz, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Weekend Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River, Northwest Branch and Susquehanna State Park

I got to spend some time in and on the water this past weekend and thought I'd send an update. On Saturday, I fished the Patapsco with my wife Beata, who caught her biggest fish to date (10" smallmouth), which was also the biggest fish of the day. Also caught a number of pumpkinseeds, chubs, and fallfish. Later that evening while waiting on friends I fished the Northwest Branch in Montgomery County. I caught more pumpkinseeds than I could count, none more than 6", but all an absolute joy to catch in a tiny urban stream. Then on Sunday we made a short visit to the Susquehanna State Park and fished along the bank for about half an hour. Unfortunately it was right as the water levels started rising due to afternoon energy production at the dam, but before we got flooded out we connected on another nice smallie and a fairly hefty sunfish. All of the fish over the course of the weekend were caught on small in-line spinners.

We also collected some raspberries along the way to the fishing spots - just another great reason to get out!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Chub, Fallfish


  1. Dave Zajano, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Memorial Stadium Reef and Mr. Whiskers

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Memorial Stadium Reef

I am very happy to report that the White Perch have finally arrived on the upper bay reefs. Their arrival this year is more than one month later than the preceding two years. On Monday July 21 Dr. Ken Lewis and I went out to fish Memorial Stadium reef and Man-O-War shoal with high hopes of finally getting some decent numbers to report for the MARI reef survey. We were not disappointed. Most of the White Perch were small, but we did get about a half dozen in the 9.5 to 11.5" range.

While fishing the Memorial Stadium site the drag on Ken's ultra light reel suddenly screamed and line on the spool disappeared toward the horizon. I fired up the engine and the chase was on. Clearly this fish was more than a match for the light rigging as he took line at will. After 15 minutes the fish finally began to tire and for the first time we were actually able to put line back on the reel by pulling it in as opposed to chasing him. When Ken finally brought him to the net we were rewarded with a 28" channel cat that nudged 10 pounds on the digital hand held scale.

Great weather + some delicious white perch + a big cat + two angler reports for the MARI reef survey = a great day on the bay.

Tags: White Perch, Channel Catfish, MARI Survey


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

No Fish Just Ponies at Assateague

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Assateague Island, MD

Last week my mom and dad took me to Assateague Island State Park to fish, see the ponies, and to do the Park Quest. We didn't catch any fish but we did see a couple of ponies.

I also visited my mom and dad's friends Bob and Sandy. Bob took us fishing at Crosswicks Creek in his boat. I caught a lot of fish (catfish, white perch, and one small rockfish). I released everything that I caught. I had a great day at both the places that I went to.

Tags: Catfish, White Perch, Striped Bass


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by Travis Franklin →

Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Large Bass at Lake Allen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

I had a Great Morning at Lake Allen. I caught over 11 nice bass all on plastics. Could not ask for a better morning.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Greg Fawcett, Recreational Angler
  2. Loudon, NH
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 23, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Sheepshead

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay

Greg caught this 24 inch Sheepshead in the bay on 7/18/2014.

Tags: Sheepshead

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