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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 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.

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  1. Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

Good Mix in Baltimore

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven and Joppatowne

Loch Raven first then I went to Joppatowne fishing with the kids. At Loch Raven we caught some nice size chain pickerel, bass, bluegill and yellow perch . At joppatowne we caught some small channel catfish, eel, bluegill and yellow perch.

Tags: chain pickerel, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish, eel


  1. Elvin Philip, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

Lots of Croakers

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Bushwood, MD

Went out Saturday with a couple friends to Bushwood, MD. We caught about 60 croakers between the 3 of us. Bait used was shrimp and bloodworms. I had 5 double headers. 3 croakers I measured were 14 inches all in all another great day at the water.

Tags: croaker


  1. Alexis Gómez, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

16 Pound Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Leesylvania State Park

I caught this 32 inch, 16 pound snakehead at Leesylvania State Park.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Josh Henesy, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Invaders

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

The invasive flathead catfish bite is on in the upper Potomac River! Recently discovered in the freshwater Potomac, these apex predators appear to have established themselves. Flathead catfish are extremely productive, creating high numbers of offspring each year. They grow fast, fight hard, and reach impressive sizes. Unfortunately, this biological invader consumes at various levels of the food chain in large quantities! They undoubtedly have serious potential to alter the natural ecology of the river, which may pose a serious threat to naturalized sport fish populations. Studies from other rivers suggest that these top predators negatively impact populations of both sunfish and crayfish; both of which serve as important prey for other popular game fish in the river. Anglers are encouraged to keep all that they catch and are reminded that there is no creel limit or minimum size restrictions for this species.

Pictured is Brett Poffenberger of Williamsport, MD who managed to land over 10 flatheads in a single weekend outing. He targeted woody-debris piles in areas of slow to moderate current. Brett enjoyed a fish fry with family and friends to compliment his Memorial Day picnic!

Tags: flathead catfish


  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

81 Snakehead Removed from the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We fished the 3rd Annual Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department Snakehead Tournament. Needless to say we won first place with 81 snakeheads with a total weight of 397 lbs.

Tags: northern snakhead, invasive


  1. M Ryan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Yellow Bullhead and Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Marion and Lake Linganore

I caught a large yellow bullhead at Lake Marion adjacent to Lake Linganore. I had no idea this was a large size for it’s species. I wear a size 12 boot so I would have to guess the cat was at least 16” and around +/-3 lbs? I appreciate it much more now. Also caught this 18.5” largemouth at Lake Linganore later that day.

DNR Note: The current State record for bullhead catfish, freshwater division, is 3 lbs., 6 oz., caught in 2007 at Loch Raven Reservoir by Zelijko Koretic.

Tags: largemouth bass, yellow bullhead catfish


  1. Tom Addison, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Liberty Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

This largemouth was caught at Liberty Reservoir 5/25/15 caught on spinner bait.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. John Jones, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Fish ID Please

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

I was fishing this past weekend on a pier in the Benedict area [Golden Beach] can you tell me what kind of fish this is ?

DNR Reponse: The fish is called a striped killifish, they most often inhabit sandy areas of the Chesapeake Bay from the mid-bay region to the mouth of the bay. This species can grow to be 6" long and are an important prey item for flounder, striped bass and other predator fish.

Tags: striped killifish


  1. Dylan Nickoles, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Big Blues from the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Dylan Nickoles and Lauren Bauers 3 weeks ago with big blues from the Potomac River right by DC tidal basin, caught with fresh alewife.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on May 27, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Fishing Tournament Catch

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

Here is Steven's catches from the North East River during the Wounded Warrior fishing tournament May 17, 2015 and during through first Brandywine Junior Bassmasters tournament May 24, 2015.

Tags: largemouth bass

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