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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.

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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. Joe Evans, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

Severn River Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Severn River

December 27, 2014: With perfect weather in the offing, and DNR Inland Fisheries director Don Cosden gearing down toward imminent retirement from 41 and a half years of public service, we decided to fish.

Naturally.

Cosden had chain pickerel on his mind, and winter is the time to cast for them in shallow water, so we joined the incomparable Admiral of the Bay John Page Williams (Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior naturalist) for a guided tour of his favorite Severn River spots.

In no time he had us out of the boat and wading across skinny salt-pond flats while tossing small bucktails, spoons, and even a yellow and white Clouser minnow fly along the subtle drop-offs where the water went from just inches to about three feet deep. After witnessing the Admiral fool, play, and land a couple of 20- to 25-inch fish, we got the idea and hooked a some for ourselves.

The trick turned out to be casting along the edge of the contour toward the deeper water and bringing the lure/fly back slowly. Using a light spinning rod, we would simply lift the rod tip just enough to stay off the bottom and avoid snagging the layer of sunken leaves, but reeling in on the drop to stay in contact with the lure. With the fly, it was all about keeping a steady retrieve while pointing the rod tip in line with the flyline.

There is nothing subtle or tentative about the way a pickerel takes the bait. They pounce so aggressively that it kind of makes you sorry for any hapless forage fish that may meander too close to the pickerelís lair.

Once hooked, the pickerel will light up and show its marvelous green sides, chain pattern, sterling silver cheeks, and lavender mouth full of sharp teeth. Use a handy lipping tool such as the floating Fish Grip Jr by United Plastic, and pinch down your hook barbs to make the release go smoothly.

Hereís Cosden with the biggest pick of the day, a 27 incher with Haloti Ngata-sized shoulders.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Bryan Latham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

New Years Day Crappie

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac Tributary

I started the New Year off right with a mess of crappie all caught on small tube jigs under a casting float, with a light action rod and 4 pound test. I caught them around docks and in deeper creek channels. I had to work around the floating/moving sheets of ice, but was well rewarded with fish up to 13.5"

Tags: crappie


  1. Mike Otto, Recreational Angler
  2. Fallston, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on January 5, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I fished Loch Raven on January 2 and caught and released 4 nice pickerel including a fat 25 incher.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Jason Haney, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on January 2, 2015 | Permalink

Perfect Day to Fish for Perch

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On December 27, 2014, the weather was perfect to take the kids fishing to see if the perch were biting. The water temp was in the low 40's and we fished 2" Berkley Power Grubs on a 1/8oz heads. We targeted shallow water and the fish were there. We fished for about 2 hours and caught about 2 dozen fish. My children Jason, Avery and Kaitlyn were all smiles when the fish continued to bite their baits! This was a great way to finish out fishing for 2014!

Tags: yellow perch


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 43
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Posted on January 2, 2015 | Permalink

Great Ultralight Action

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Public Lake

On December 27, 2014 my bro-in-law Paul and I fished a small public lake and had almost non-stop action on panfish, with the majority of the fish being bluegills and redears, with a few bass and crappie in the mix. We used 1/100th and 1/64th oz jigs tipped with mealworms or a wax worm and suspended them at 4 feet below tiny sensitive bobbers. Water temperatures jumped up a bit to 42 degrees and this warm day also helped enable us to catch over 100 fish. All fish were released.

Some green weeds are still around in some of our waters and the warmer rain last week certainly helped us as well. Try to drift baits over tops of the vegetation. If we continue to enjoy the mild winter then panfishing could be productive all winter long.

Additionally, carp fishing at nearby Marburg Lake in Pennsylvania has been productive for patient anglers in quest of a large fish as a mid-winter treat. Here is one I caught on December 26 on a piece of pineapple/tutti-frutti pop-up corn combo.

Tags: crappie, carp, bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass


  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on January 2, 2015 | Permalink

End the Year with a Few Catfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

12/27/14 was my last time fishing for the year, we went to the pond and I caught a few catfish. My sister had some good bites on some bluegill. Weather was very nice that day. This year has been some great fishing for me, and my best fish of the year with a 4 pound largemouth bass. I can't wait for spring so we can start going fishing for trophy rockfish!

Tags: catfish


  1. Eric Koluch, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

Western MD Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Potomac

On 12/27 I fished from 7:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm in the North Potomac just north of Jennings Randolph Lake with two friends. Between the three of us we caught approximately 35 Rainbow Trout, 1 Brook Trout, and 1 Cutthroat Trout. Rainbow Trout ranged from 10 to 12 inches. Brook Trout ranged from 8 to 12 inches and the we did not get the Cutthroat Trout's size.

the rainbows bit on almost anything; white spinners, blue spinners, and a variety of artificial minnows. Brook Trout and Cutthroat only bit on the spinners. All were caught in the slower moving waters and pools after swifter water. Time of day did not matter. Half were caught in the morning and half in the afternoon.

The photo attached is the first catch of the day. A Brook Trout almost 12 inches in length and vibrantly colored. Almost a silver body with bright red fins. Never seen anything like it. Then again, it was the first Brook Trout I have ever caught.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout


  1. Sam Baker, Recreational Angler
  2. Rosedale
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

Loch Raven Pickerel

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

I was casting a homemade spoon at Loch Raven on 12/27/14 and hooked up with a fat 26" pickerel. Took a few quick photos then released it.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Rachel Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

End of Year Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Harford County Pond

I went fishing for the last time this year with my brother. I had some nice bites on some bluegill and some catfish. It's been a very good year fishing with my family I hope next year will be even better.

Tags: bluegill, catfish


  1. Tion Hall, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on December 30, 2014 | Permalink

5lb Largemouth in Landsdowne

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Hillcrest Park

I have been studying and researching about largemouth this entire year. I mean reading up on rod power and action, you name it. Basically dove head first into bass fishing. You really do learn something everyday in this sport if your doing it hard enough. They have a pond at Hillcrest Park in Lansdowne and I went there for the first time to fish today with my son and my friend Erick. After the first hour of seeing how things were, I'm jigging a 3/16 oz shaky head green pumpkin Zoom Fat Albert grub (pop, pop, pause) on and the line felt heavier all of a sudden (textbook hook setting time) reeled and leaned into this hog below. Weather was low 50's but couldn't ask for better wind SSW2-3mph. 19 inches.

Tags: largemouth bass

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