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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.

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 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. Steve Donaho, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Catching Cats on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We went fishing on the lower Potomac River on 4/7/2014. We fished around the Fort Washington area. We caught several nice catfish on cut shad. Biggest was almost 50 lbs and just about wore out my fiance during the fight.

Tags: Blue Catfish, invasive


  1. Justin Heslop, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

40 Inch Pike

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creeek Lake

Justing caught this Northern Pike on April 9, 2014 in McHenry Cove, Deep Creek Lake, MD. The Pike was 40" long.

Tags: Northern Pike


  1. K C Lee, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Shad ID

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco river, Avalon

I hooked up this shad last Sunday. I wonder what kind of the shad this is. Can you ID this fish for me?

DNR Response: You caught a Gizzard Shad. They are a resident species found in fresh and lower salinity estuarine waters. They are an abundant species in many of our tidal rivers and creeks, but rarely take a baited hook. Most often they are snagged by fishermen targeting other species.

Tags: Gizzard Shad


  1. Richard Koller, Recreational Angler
  2. Parkville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centreal
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

I caught this bass at Loch Raven Reservoir.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Bowfishing Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I was able to catch this snakehead with my bow in the Potomac River on the 5th of April. I only saw one and think it will be several weeks before I go look again as the river is much colder than this time last year.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Gerard Henningsen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Marshyhope River Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope River

I fished the Marshyhope River on Saturday. It started out slow six bass, two crappie, slack tide got into 5th# channel cats then I found White Perch below Brookville Bridge. I caught about fifty and some Yellow Perch, none are ready to spawn.

Tags: Yellow Perck, Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish, White Perch


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Calvert Cliffs Outfall Report

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Calvert Cliffs Outfall

Location: Calvert Cliffs Outfall on 4-6-14

Trip Details and Results: I've been wanting to try the outfall, but for the first time in, I took my gear and went out on a catch-and-release make up charter. Although the morning weather was nasty, the boat got some fish including a 40" striper. By our afternoon trip, the chop had flattened. There were about 10 boats working the area. Our technique for working the area was working well in contrast to some of the other boats (not at liberty to elaborate). The boat caught and released 30+, mostly schoolies. My tally was 15 including a 26" and 33" striper. The jig color of the day was chartreuse, mostly BKDs. I started with one of my hotrodded jigheads (Kembro style) tipped with an 8" chartreuse curlytail. After catching 4 schoolies, I snagged a rock (the granite kind) and lost the jig. I tied on a light green jig with a skirt and a 6" BKD and caught a 26" striper. Then I snagged another rock and lost that jig. I tied on another hotrodded jighead with a chartreuse 6" BKD and caught another schoolie. Then slack water and the bite died. The bite was on the shorter jigs. The longer jigs weren't doing anything. However, having caught a half dozen, I switched to 10' jig shown in the pic. It is a hotrodded jighead with a 10" chartreuse Hogy bait, albeit about an inch shorter at the end of the day after being chewed up by the first fish it caught. The flood had started so I dumped it in, a couple of big fish marked on the scope, and about 10 seconds later I had a 33" striper hooked on my baitcaster. I caught and released an additional 8 schoolies. The big jig was showing up nicely on the downscan sonar - it looked like a heart monitor pinging along! A nice lady aboard for her first jigging adventure caught 5, including the other two bigger fish, 27" and 30" stripers.

Safety Note: The 27' boat lurched over about 10-15 degrees in the first boil above the underwater outfall which we tried a few times (overall the day's action was a little farther out). The chart safety warning is certainly on target. There's enough turbulence there to overturn or swamp a small boat. Obviously, one should approach and fish the area with great caution.

Technical Note: The gear I used is shown in the pic. As someone very comfortable with spinning rigs, a left-handed baitcaster is a quick adjustment for me and handles efficiently for stripper jigging in contrast to the right-handed baitcasters I use for bass. The baitcaster facilitates quick depth adjustments without switching hands, which facilitated keeping in close contact with the bottom. The reel is spooled with 20 pound test braid and a short mono leader that is also long enough to have something other than braid to grab onto for landing a fish. The only drawback is that it is harder to break off a snagged jig with the baitcaster than a spinning reel.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Weekend Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Morgan Run and Little Falls

Finally, after our long cold winter, we had some perfect fishing days this week. I got out to Morgan Run on Saturday, April 5th, where I caught and released a Rainbow Trout and a Brown Trout with spinners. Then at Little Falls on Sunday, April 6th, I managed this small but chunky Rainbow Trout on a piece of nightcrawler. Thanks DNR for all the stockings you did during all the rough weather!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Brian McKenzie, Recreational Angler
  2. Parkville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Shad in the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lower Big Gunpowder Falls

I took my son fishing on the lower Gunpowder near Rt. 40. Several people were out as well and were hooking up on shad using shad darts, spoons, and jigs. We fished upstream a ways and could actually see the schools of shad in the water and some were breaking the surface. We made our way back downstream to leave and I hooked a shad on a small hook with a nightcrawler but I wasn’t able to land him, he got tangled in branches under the water as I was pulling him near shore and got loose. The conditions were nice, the flow was good and fairly clear with minimal debris coming downstream. Sorry but no pictures this time.

Tags: Shad


  1. Grant Soukup, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 8, 2014 | Permalink

Best Part of Trout Fishing is Teaching Others

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Jones Falls

Each season, I invite new fishermen to try trout fishing. David Diggs landed this 15 inch rainbow at Jones Falls and on opening day, Jesse Lowers caught his first trout of the year. His 16 inch Golden Rainbow Trout was a great beginning to a new season.The best part of fishing is showing others how to enjoy something that is so much fun!

I also use the name "Montana Grant", which is my freelance writing name. My blog is montanagrantfishing.com, check it out for current stories, tips, and ideas on how to enjoy the outdoors .

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout

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