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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. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out at the crack of dawn to try my luck with some topwater baits. I had a few strikes with a buzz bait, but couldn't get hooked up. I did a little better with the popper, catching a few bass and one overzealous bluegill which promptly went in the livewell. Then I threw a spinner bait for a while and caught a channel cat -- refreshing since I have only caught blue cats lately. Finally I cut up the bluegill and fished for blue cats for about an hour. I caught 3, two were 20 lbs, and one was 30 lbs. Blue cats are super strong. I need to get to the gym and build up the back and biceps if I want to keep catching them. Even a "little" 20 pounder can put up quite a fight.

Tags: channel catfish, largemouth bass, blue catfish, invasive, bluegill


  1. Blair Todd, Recreational Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

Blues and a Nice Rock

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point

Lots of blues before catching this 31 inch rock trolling surgical tube behind a number 2 planner. The weather was good, no wind, some cloud cover.

Tags: bluefish, striped bass


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

34 Inch Striper South of Plum Pt

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: south of Plum Pt reef site

Chesapeake Beach, south of Plum Pt reef site, east of Summer Gooses, Sharps Is Light.

Fished the edge NE of Chesapeake Beach inlet aboard 20' FISHHAWKS NEST. 2 fishers (senior day!). New CHIRP sonar and Navionics sonar map greatly aided working the edge. The high profile unit was hard to fit into the electronics box but well worth the effort. Schools of Bay Anchovies in area. Caught 18" striper on a hand tied bunker fly used as a trailer. Some taps and hits but no more hookups.Then worked inshore area south of Plum Pt reef site. Neighbor Art Howard caught a 34" striper in 27' on my 45 year old Penn Senator 4/0 combo with lead core rigged with a red surgical tube 5 colors back. Many schools of menhaden. Then worked many large menhaden schools east of Summers Gooses where fish were slashing through. Kept right at the schools with my trolling motor. Threw all sorts of rigs including live bunker with no hits. Looked like small bluefish slashing the schools. Tossed metal at Sharps Is Light on the way back in with no luck.

Tags: striped bass, bay anchovies, menhaden, bluefish


  1. Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Nanjemoy, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

Moon Jelly

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Newtowne Neck State Park

This isn't exactly a fish, but are you able to identify what species of jellyfish that this is? It was on the rocks on the Potomac River at Newtowne Neck State Park.

DNR Response: It looks like a moon jelly. Here is a link with more information about moon jellies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelia_aurita

Tags: moon jelly, jellyfish


  1. Jeff Kellner, Recreational Angler
  2. Arnold, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 30, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Sheepshead

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location:

Jeff caught this 22.5 in sheepshead on 9/27. He is now entered into the 2015 Fishing Challenge.

Tags: sheepshead


  1. David Sohns, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Shallow Water Action is Hot

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy

Shallow water action is hot on the Magothy. Pictured is Amelia with her first rockfish, a beautiful 25" fish. Caught 6 fish 18" and up. All fish were caught around rip rap and rock walls using BKD's. Also landed a nice pickerel.

Tags: striped bass, chain pickerel


  1. Skylar Hepner, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

My Largest Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Local Pond

I went fishing with my dad in a pond in Avenue, Maryland and WOW I had a great surprise. I was using my new fishing pole from the fishing challenge (thank you so much DNR) when all of a sudden, wham something hit my line. It fought for a while and then when I saw it jump out of the water then finally I was able to land the fish. It was a largemouth bass. I wish I would of brought something to measure it because it looked like it was the largest bass that I ever caught.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Charles Hirst, Recreational Angler
  2. Catonsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Good Day at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Went out on Loch Raven yesterday, probably the last ever time since Iím moving to Warrenton, VA for a new job, and I thought Iíd try to go out doing something that Iíve always loved: fishing. The fishing was slow, but that didnít stop me from having a good time. Iíve been trying to keep away from live baits and go all artificial, not an easy habit to kick as any angler knows! Well, the lake didnít disappoint. Was sunny, high of 81 degrees and a slight breeze, no more than a couple mph, fished from around 7:30AM to 1:30PM. Grass was thick, only a couple feet if that below the surface along most of the shoreline. Went topwater with a couple torpedoes, yellow perch colored and styled to be similar to the natural prey. Had a few very humbling misses, didnít manage to get a hook in the fish.

Note to self: buy new hooks! Switched over to a Rapala floating jerkbait to keep it out of the weeds. It was also yellow perch colored, one of the smaller sizes since the fish seemed finicky. Ended up with 2 bluegill, a baby bass and some kind of shad, I want to say gizzard shad but Iím not sure. Really should have taken a picture for ID on here.

Tags: bluegill, bass, shad


  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Friends Park Bluegill

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Friends Park

I had a chance to go fishing today at Friends Park after baseball. I caught a nice sized bluegill and had lots of other bites.

Tags: bluegill


  1. Mike Schening, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Hungry Fallfish on the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

One of two dozen hard-fighting fallfish caught on the Gunpowder River near Phoenix, Maryland. Most were from 6"-12" and hit hard on floating terrestrial flies. Also caught one 10" rainbow trout and a bluegill. Lots of fun in a 5wt. Rod.

Tags: fallfish, rainbow trout, bluegill

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