Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A 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.
Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
- Elkridge, MD
- Total Reports: 12
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Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 9
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First Prize in Neighborhood Kids Fishing Tournament
Location: Patuxent River
Ryder caught spot, perch, and rockfish in a neighborhood kids fishing tournament with his brother Wyatt and won first prize for biggest fish caught which was a 16" rockfish. All fish were released.
Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 19
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Mike Porta, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 2
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Choptank River Tidal Bass Survey
Location: Choptank River
Eastern Region Inland Fisheries and Tidal Bass Program staff recently surveyed the tidal largemouth bass population in the Choptank River. Several bass in the 2-3 pound range were encountered during the survey, including this fish just shy of 5 pounds! Juvenile bass were also captured during the survey, indicating that reproduction is occurring in the Choptank River.
Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
- Finzel / Frostburg MD
- Total Reports: 31
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Two Nice Rainbow at Barnum
Location: North Branch Potomac River, Barnum Area
Dad and I fished the North Branch Potomac River at the Barnum put and take area on 9-20-15 and caught two real nice Rainbow Trout. Dads fish was 21.5 inches and my fish was 21 inches long. The fish put up a good fight on the light spinning rods and 4lb test that we were using.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 61
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Bass and Panfish Improving
Location: Local Lakes
Many of our smaller public and private lakes are kicking out some real nice fish. We have been catching largemouth bass on buzz baits and large pumpkinseed and hybrid sunfish on drop-shot/live earth worm rigs. Nothing huge, but clear indications that fish are shifting from summer patterns to a cooler, welcomed fall bite. Low-light periods are best for the bass or rainy, cloudy days. The hybrid sunfish was just over 10 inches and the p-seeds were in excess of 9 inches…all released.
Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 8
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Neighborhood Fishing Tournament
Location: Patuxent River
Wyatt was in a neighborhood fishing tournament with his brother Ryder and caught a nice size spot or croaker, it did croak at me so I'm not sure.
DNR Response: Wyatt caught a spot. The quickest way to distinguish the two species is the tail. Spot have a traditional forked tail while Atlantic croaker does not. In addition, spot have a dark circle just behind the gill while croakers do not.
Wesley Hughes, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 3
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Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 6
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Kayak Run Potomac River
Location: Upper Potomac
Last Sunday some friends and I did a kayak run from Brunswick MD down to Point Of Rocks. While I was not fishing the water was super clear and the levels were waist to chest high making it very easy to see the bottom and to see several fish along the way including large catfish and some largemouth bass. This would be a good area to fish from John boats, canoes and kayaks. I did manage to get a good shot of a Bald Eagle from my kayak from about 50 yards away.
Ron Young, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 3
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Location: Smithville Lake
My brother in law and I took a trip to Smithville Lake on Sunday, September 20, 2015. We arrived and launched our small (10’) boat powered by electric motor and were fishing by 7:45 AM. We were fishing a small (1/16 – 1/32 ounce) jig under a foam bobber. One rod each was tipped with a minnow and one rod each was tipped with a gulp alive 2 ½ chartreuse artificial minnow. The artificial bait outperformed the live by about a 3-1 ratio. We had a fantastic day boating 69 Crappies, 2 Bluegills, 2 Chain Pickerel, a small Largemouth Bass and a Catfish. Many of the Crappies were over a foot long! The attached picture is of my brother in law, John Jacob (of Pasadena, Maryland) with one of the many slab Crappies caught that day.