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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
  4. View all reports by Darren Haitmanek →

Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Brown

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

I caught this brown trout in the Gunpowder River in Sparks, MD last week, on 6/13/15. It weighed over 5 lbs, and measured 24". Despite the 90+ degree summer weather, the fish were still biting actively on live nightcrawlers.

Tags: brown trout

  1. Ralph Pratt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Ralph Pratt →

Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Upper Potomac Smallies

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

On 6/19/2015 I actually caught and released 3 smallmouth bass. One flopped out of the boat. I was on the Potomac near the Brunswick Bridge using a rattletrap shad lure. I was only fishing 1/2 hr due to boat problems.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Michael Reynolds, Recreational Angler
  2. Manchester, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Michael Reynolds →

Posted on June 23, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Largemouth at Piney Run Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

Michael caught this 21.75 inch largemouth bass on 6/19/2015 at Piney Run Park.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Kory Briggs, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
  4. View all reports by Kory Briggs →

Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Crappie Anniversary

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

The wife and I celebrated 5 amazing years with a Loch Raven canoe trip on June 19th. We spent a few glorious hours on the water and after a bottle of wine (or two) she managed to catch a very nice crappie on a orange crankbait. The smile says it all.

Tags: crappie

  1. Laura Downey, Recreational Angler
  2. Jessup, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Mallows Bay Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mallows Bay

This 24" snakehead was caught at Mallows Bay on June 20, 2015. I caught it while kayak fishing in the back "creek" area. Lure used: frog with rubber string legs. I had snakehead for supper that night - it was very delicious!

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 29
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Susquehanna Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River

I had some luck last week, I caught a nice bass I'd say was around 2 pounds on the lower Susquehanna. Then the next day I landed a nice size carp I'd say was about 15 or more pounds in a local pond. Had fun catching this big guy on light tackle, too bad I didn't have someone to take a decent picture.

Tags: largemouth bass, carp

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing for Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek and Friends Creek

I just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. I arrived at Owens Creek and found it to be high and muddy. Even so I hooked and lost a brown trout. Tried some other pools but no luck. Decided to try Friends Creek even though most fish have been caught. Friends Creek was also high and muddy. I hooked and lost a trout in upper Friends Creek then decided to try downstream. Best fish of the day turned out to be a 12" brown trout. I let it go. Caught and released a rainbow trout further downstream in one of the large pools. All trout were caught on a green wooly bugger. If the rains continue trout streams will be muddy and harder to fish. Still fishing is worthwhile and a good way to spend a summer day.

Tags: brown trout, rainbow trout

  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Crabbing in OC

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

My wife Krista and myself headed out on Friday to try for flounder on the incoming tide. The water was really dirty so we decided to do some crabbing. We harvested a half bushel using collapsible traps and chicken backs near the Rt 90 bridge. We found if the bait becomes washed out the catch rate really dropped off. So if your chicken becomes white you need to change for best results.

Tags: blue crabs

  1. Scott O'Neil, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Great Couple of Days at Lake Allen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

Had a great couple days fishing Lake Allen. The bass were biting well even though it was very hot and sunny. Caught dozens of fish over the 2 days there and several were in the 3-4 lb range. All fish seemed very healthy and looking for a fight. All fish were caught on plastics and released healthy. Shout out to Travis Franklin, was nice meeting you and had a great time fishing together. Itís always nice to meet other anglers who are passionate and respectful of the sport. Tight lines!

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Joe Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 46
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Posted on June 19, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Survey Results of Tidal Gunpowder

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

The Tidal Bass Program pulled this 19 inch, over 4 pound bass from Gunpowder River this week. This was the first year of having an effective, TBP survey of Gunpowder River and it produced a few, nice adult bass. We are continuing to assess habitat issues and to stock young bass in that region to help grow the fishery for anglers.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

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