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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. Jabari Pinkney, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Guilford Pond Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Guilford Pond

Jabari caught this 11 to 12 inch Largemouth Bass at Guilford Pond.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Ryan Abey, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Upper Bay and the Flats Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Upper Bay
Location: The Flats and the Upper Bay

I fished on Friday the 8th for a few hours with some great Bass Fishing Industry leaders (Representative from Dynamic Sponsorship's and from Toyota). Neither of them had ever fished in Maryland and wanted to hit the Flats for some frog fishing. We fished from 7:30 to Noon and managed to boat 2 fish over 3.5 pounds. The first came on a frog near Furnace bay and the second came on a soft plastic out of a Marina in the Northeast.

On Sunday the 10, I hit the Upper Bay for a Anglers Choice event. The supper moon made tides really high and fishing extremely tough. I lost 2 fish at the boat, both took a Livingston Lures Pro Wake crank bait. They were located near dock pilings. No other fish were caught unfortunately.

Fist picture is of Lance from Dynamic Sponsorship's and Tonya from Toyota, second picture is sunrise on the Flats.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Daniel Stowers, Recreational Angler
  2. Adamstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Two Big Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

8-8-14 at around 12:30am I hooked into this 52 pound 48" long blue cat . I was using cut bait fishing in the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The fish was tagged by DNR and I'll be reporting it Monday. My buddy Clint was with me and caught a 51 pound fish around 2am. We also caught several 25-35 pound fish. Great night!!

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Herman Y, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Is it Safe to Eat?

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Deale

I fished out of Deale on August 2 for White Perch. We worked the western shore of the Bay from Deale to Chesapeake Beach and caught about 50 White Perch on small spinnerbaits, mostly around breakwaters. We kept 15 fish, biggest three at 11 inches. While cleaning the fish, I noticed one had a sea louse looking parasite in the gills. Is this fish safe to eat?

DNR Response: That is a common fish gill isopod Lironeca ovalis that are often called "bugs" by fishermen. They live on debris-covered bottoms and often manage to cling to a fishes gills were it does not directly feed on the fish but hangs on for a ride. In the process of clinging to the fishes gills they can cause some damage to the gill filaments. Fish such a small Bluefish, White Perch and Striped Bass can have these parasites and the fish are definitely safe to eat.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Courtney Rice, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Liberty Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

6 lb 4 oz Smallmouth Bass caught at Liberty Reservoir on 8-10-14 using a nite crawler in 20+' ft of water!!

Tags: Smalmouth Bass


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 33
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Change of Pace Catfishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond

We took a break from our standard issue bass and bluegill efforts to try a little late evening channel catfishing this past week. Fishing was not fast and furious, but we did manage to bank some quality fish. We used European bite alarm systems and hit a couple different small lakes that we knew held some good catties. We used a variety of baits, had numerous runs, and caught the majority of our fish on chicken livers wrapped in cheese clothe 'sacs' and fished on the bottom with no weight.

Big fish honors went to my son Matt who banked a brutish 30 plus incher. This same fish may well have been hooked by my bro-in-law Paul just the night before, as we recovered a stainless circle hook and matching mono from this fish before we released it.

Anglers should be aware that many small public lakes and private ponds offer excellent big-fish opportunities with blue-collar baits like livers, imitation crab meat, pickled herring and more leading to fish in the 5 to 15 pound category. Pictured are Matt Gronaw, Paul Sell and myself with late evening catfish.

Tags: Channel Catfish


  1. Travis Franklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 15
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Lake Allen Bass Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Allen

Another Wonderful day at Lake Allen bass fishing. It's getting rough out there now cause they are still draining water out of the Lake.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. David Charles Kevin Morris, III, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing with Dad and Pop

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Annapolis and Edgewater

Last week I went fishing with my mom, dad, and two sisters, in Annapolis Maryland. I caught a couple Bluegill at first, and later in the afternoon I caught a bass. I like to release the fish back into the water, also I caught more bluegill's after catching the bass. I also crabbed on Saturday and caught 15 crabs in Edgewater. I really like to fish with my dad and my Pop.

Tags: Bluegill, bass


  1. Gaaron Bankowski, Youth Angler
  2. Wrightsville, PA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 11, 2014 | Permalink

Deal Island Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Deale Island

Gaaron caught this striper off Deal Island.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Dan Horgan, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 11, 2014 | Permalink

Lots of Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Bush River and Winters Run

This morning we fished the high tide in the Bush River. We caught about 30 White Perch on nightcrawlers. We used live White Perch and cut Suckers for bait and caught some nice Channel Catfish. Later we went to Winters Run and caught about 15 Smallmouth Bass in about 2 hrs on live minnows.

Tags: Catfish, White Perch, Smallmouth

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