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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.

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.

search the logs: 

  1. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Andrew Ashby →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

The afternoon of Sunday April 19th, conditions were windy with cloudy skies, water around 58 degrees. No big ones but it was nice to get on the board with 3 largemouths all averaging 2lbs.

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Frank Rotondo, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Frank Rotondo →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Thomas Point Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point

I caught this 45" rockfish off Thomas Point on Saturday, I also released at fat 38" rockfish .

Tags: striped bass

  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
  3. View all reports by Nathan Williams →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Opening Day Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: St. Leonard, MD

Nathan went fishing on opening day of rockfish season with his dad and brother Landon in St. Leonard, MD. He was lucky enough to catch this 29 inch rockfish from the beach just before sun down . He was using bloodworms and a bottom rig.

Tags: striped bass

  1. Mark Horning, Recreational Angler
  2. Timonium, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Mark Horning →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Shad Run

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquhanna River

Caught a dozen shad on the Susquehanna just downstream from the mouth of Deer Creek. Here is a picture. The water was very low at 630 am Saturday. Shad fishing was good, then pretty much stopped when they opened the dam gates, too muddy. Also landed a nice 24 inch rock. Had two much larger rockfish, but couldn't land with my light spinning tackle/rod.

Tags: hickory shad, striped bass

  1. Peter Cannavino, Recreational Angler
  2. California, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Peter Cannavino →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

SoMD Pond Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Local Pond

I caught this big female off a bed on April 19th while fishing a farm pond in Southern Maryland. Caught using a green pumpkin paddle tail worm. It was the big fish of the day, the picture does not do the fish justice as it was very thick. Great day!

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Jeff Guy, Recreational Angler
  2. Queenstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Jeff Guy →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Blackwater Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

I visited the refuge on Saturday, April 18th and on two different occasions, and spotted a Northern Snakehead fish.

The pictures I am submitting are both of the same fish which was the second fish I spotted.

The first one I saw was much larger and was in the main section of the refuge. I did not get a picture of that one.

Unfortunately, I only “saw” them and didn’t catch either one.

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Abingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by John Horgan →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

James Run Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: James Run

Today I took this picture of what I think is herring in James Run in Abingdon from the Hookers Mill Road Bridge near route 136. I have never seen herring that far up from the bay before. I thought James Run in this area was "a non tidal stream" I have fished it many times over the years. A friend of mine has even caught trout from James Run in this area.

DNR Response: Hello John, it is possible they could be herring but my guess is that they are gizzard shad. They are spawning now also.

Tags: herring, gizzard shad

  1. Coy Mills, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Coy Mills →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Fishing in Owings

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Owings Pond

Coy Mills and Jeremiah Harrington caught these bass at a local pond in Owings on plastic worms. Beautiful day of fishing!

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Congratulations To These Anglers For Award Size Catches

Type: All
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now enterd into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Corey Mensinger of Spring Grove, Pa caught this 41.5 inch striped bass on 4/18/2015 while fishing at Solomons.
  • T. J. Swiney III of Severn, MD caught this 47 inch striped bass on 4/18/2015.
  • Caleb Sturgill of Cecilton, MD caught and released this 23 inch largemouth bass at Unicorn Lake on 4/15/2015.

Tags: striped bass, largemouth bass

  1. Jack Reilly, Youth Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Jack Reilly →

Posted on April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Striper at Deal Island

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Deal Island

Jack was trolling with his Dad off Deal Island with a white parachute lure when he caught this 40.5 inch striped bass.

Tags: striped bass

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