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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. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Piney Park Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Park

I managed to get out and see if I could catch me some trophy bluegill or crappie down at Piney Run Park. Managed to find the bluegill but the crappie were finicky. Used Trout Magnet jig head tipped with a piece of Nightcrawler to catch a slew of them. Pictures below is one of the better ones. Measured in at 10 inches!

Tags: Bluegill


  1. Michael Chandler, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 6, 2015 | Permalink

Great Seneca Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I caught this one on a Trout Magnet Saturday, May 3rd in Great Seneca Creek just below the Black Rock Road bridge

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Chip Barnes, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 5, 2015 | Permalink

9 Pounder Plus Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

Here's a large rainbow trout, 26 1/2" and 9lbs 10oz. The fish was pulled out of Middle Creek in Frederick by Jesse Barnes.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on May 4, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Trout and Stripers

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Various

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

  • Brian Blakeslee of York, PA caught this 48.5 inch striped bass while fishing off the South River on 4/29/2015.
  • Sherrie Gravely of Elkton, MD caught this award size Rainbow Trout at Howard's Pond on 5/2/2015.
  • Richard Bean of Winchester, VA caught this 43 inch striped bass on 5/32015.
  • Thomas De Leon caught this 46" Striped Bass while fishing out of Breezy Point.

Tags: striped bass, rainbow trout


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on April 29, 2015 | Permalink

Slow Fishing at Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder

Last week, I took a trip after work to fish for trout in the Gunpowder .The fish were stocked a few days prior, but the cooler weather and wind seemed to slow the "bite" down a bit. I did catch a few rainbows, and my brother caught (and released) this native brook trout.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout


  1. Bill Carpenter, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 29, 2015 | Permalink

Trophy Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: upper Patapsco River

Thanks to Maryland DNR for their trout stocking program! I hooked this trophy rainbow trout measuring 23.75 inches long and weighing 6.8 pounds on the upper Patapsco River on April 24th, 2015. It was a beautiful spring morning and imagine my surprise while fishing with 4lb test line and PowerBait on an Ugly Stik when I first glimpsed what was on the end of my line. My 14 trout net was entirely not sufficient but managed to scoop half of this monster and land on the river bank. After the adrenaline wore off I was fortunate enough to also land a beautiful golden rainbow trout.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on April 28, 2015 | Permalink

Myrtle Grove Golden Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove

This Sunday Elijah caught this golden rainbow trout at Myrtle Grove using Powerbait. He was very excited!

Tags: golden rainbow trout


  1. Jayden Venable, Youth Angler
  2. Eldersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Union Mills Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Silver Run Pond

The first fishing outing of the season and it has to be this cold. Really, will winter ever end. We have fish to catch!

Capt. Big Fish was at the Silver Run Pond kids fishing rodeo sponsored by the Union Mills Lions Club; you people are the best!!

The day started out just like last year I was catching everything but trout. The bad part was a beautiful 14" golden trout was right in front of me the whole day, but would not hit on anything. If I had a treble hook I could have snatched him........LOL

I started with a few small bluegills fishing about 4 feet deep, then decided due to the cold temps the fish might be deep. I removed all my floats and started bottom fishing landing a nice fat 11.75" mud cat. Then I had a nice strong fight with a 11.75" bass. Finally I landed a 13" rainbow trout to put me 2nd on the leader board (the story of my young tournament career). Late in the afternoon I landed a Godzilla Crappie which was 11.5". I had caught crappie before, but not like this one. I released all my fish to catch again another day. At the end I was awarded the 2nd place trophy in the 6-8 age group. I was still so excited to try other spots on the pond that I grabbed my trusty dock demon and headed around the pond trying different spots. Only problem was I set my trophy down, when I returned it was gone. I looked everywhere. Needless to say It was not a pretty picture when a cold, hungry, and tired 6 year old has a melt down. Oh well, it is not about the gold. It is all about the fish! I had the thrill of the reel, reeling in Godzilla!

Ghost writer Papaw Jackson

Tags: catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 53
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Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Slow Fishing at Owens and Friends

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

Just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. Both have trout but the fishing can be slow. Started out the day fishing lower Owens Creek but had no bites and saw no fish. Went upstream and caught a little rainbow trout which I threw back. About mid day I went up to Friends Creek and caught nothing for several hours. Finally from one of the deep pools I hooked a foot long rainbow and then another from an upstream hole. I finished the day with a nice chunky Brown Trout caught at a long pool upstream. This may have been a holdover trout. Though I did not catch any lunkers I wound up with 3 trout by days end.

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout

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