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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 random drawings throughout the year 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. Jason Sweeney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

9lb, 2oz and 25 inch long rainbow trout caught at Owens Creek in Frederick County using night crawlers.

Tags: ranbow trout

  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

Thurmont Pack 270 Trout Fishing and Litter Clean Up

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Frank Bentz Pond

Along with being an avid angler Ryley is also an avid outdoorsman and belongs to Cub Scout Pack 270 in Thurmont. What better way to introduce his friends to fishing than to have a Den meeting at our local pond! Ryley and his fellow scouts spent the evening fishing for rainbow trout and managed to land quite a few on salmon eggs. They also performed a service project and cleaned up litter left from fellow anglers during the trout opener. It was a win/win for the boys and wildlife!

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. James Armentrout, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on April 23, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Last weekend my brother and I went fishing at the Patuxent River in Bowie/Crofton. We were there from about 2-5 pm. We caught some white perch, yellow perch a hickory shad a smallmouth and a largemouth. We were using worms for the perch and small swimbaits on 1/8 ounce jig heads for everything else. I also saw a small pike/pickerel/musky I'm not sure which, but it bit my 2" swimbait off.

Tags: white perch, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hickory shad

  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 76
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Posted on April 22, 2015 | Permalink

Earth Day Celebration Along the Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Yough River C&R Trout Fishing Area

Many thanks goes out to the Youghiogheny River Watershed Associated for hosting a trash clean-up along the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area in observance of Earth Day. Several volunteer organizations joined the effort including members from the Snowy Creek 4-H Club, Northern Garrett High School’s Envirothon Club, Garrett College’s Wildlife Club, Frostburg State University’s Geography Club, Youghiogheny Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Maryland DNR Fisheries Service, and local citizens.

Earth Day, April 22, was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended to Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on “green” awareness. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. The volunteers separated the aluminum cans for recycling, with the proceeds donated to the Timothy Umbel Memorial Scholarship at Northern Garrett High School. Tim attended Northern Garrett High School, and he was known for his love of the outdoors.

Tags: Earth Day Celebration

  1. Riley Simmons, Youth Angler
  2. Keedysville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 22, 2015 | Permalink

Big Fish for this Youth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Little Antietam Youth Fishing Area

Riley caught a 25 inch, 7 lb. rainbow trout on Sunday, April 19 in the Little Antietam Youth Fishing Area. Riley landed the trophy catch using a spinner.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Lacy Hanna, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Huge Golden in Seneca

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

With my daughter and good luck charm Delaney by my side me we caught this 25 inch 8.2 pound golden rainbow trout out of Great Seneca Creek. We caught her Sunday morning around 7 after 3 days of trying. I am sure glad I trout fish in Maryland!

Tags: Golden Rainbow Trout

  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Abingdon, MD
  3. Total Reports: 28
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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. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Deer Creek Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

Montana Grant being checked for the 6th time this season by Officer Ward along Deer Creek. Thanks to our DNR Police for being so diligent in protecting our natural resources and making sure that I have a fishing license and trout stamp! Officer Ward was a perfect gentleman and very professional as he made sure we were all safe and having fun. Thank you for your service!

Also, Bill Mitzel caught this great 17 inch golden rainbow trout and his limit along Deer Creek yesterday. He was so excited to catch his first golden rainbow trout that he was stopping along the road to show it off. Fishing is supposed to be fun and Bill was having a great time. Thanks for stocking such a unique trout that so many anglers enjoy and appreciate.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout

  1. Graham Tapscott, Recreational Angler
  2. Derwood
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 17, 2015 | Permalink

Brown Trout on the Fly

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patuxent River State Park

Beautiful afternoon fishing in the Patuxent River State Park. This was my fourth trip there, and I finally got my first trout on a fly today! It was about a 12" Brown Trout (I believe) on a wet fly he was hiding in a deep pool under an undercut bank. I saw numerous trout rise today, which helped me figure out where they were hanging out.

Tags: Brown Trout

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