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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.state.md.us. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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There will be a 2013 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. John Chacos, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 10, 2013 | Permalink

Fish Population Changes in the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay

Does the DNR believe the bay is going through some type of transition with fish species? The bay now has significant populations of mackerel, Bluefish, redfish which are showing up everywhere and some are very large. Speckled Trout, which have not been seen for years are being caught in the upper bay. I've caught some in the Severn River. Not to mention the rockfish population continues to be very strong.

DNR Response: Our coastal fish populations often go through various stages of abundance; if one looks at these variations in abundance of various fish species over time they tend to be more acceptable. Fishermen who have fished on the bay for 50 years or more have witnessed surges in populations in large Bluefish, Sea Trout, Cobia, large Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Northern Blowfish, flounder, croakers and the list could go on.

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  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 7, 2013 | Permalink

Savage River Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

I caught this Rainbow Trout at the Savage River on Saturday after attending the field day and written test part of the hunters education course at New Germany Park. The streams are now very low and clear making trout fishing a little hard and I only ended up catching 2 trout. Good news is that I passed the hunters education safety course and now have my hunters education certificate. I want to thank all the instructors and volunteers for everything they did to make the course interesting and for teaching me about safe hunting.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Steve Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 7, 2013 | Permalink

Honga River Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Honga River

Elk Neck State Park Seasonal Maintenance worker Steve Miller was fishing the Honga River and caught this 21" rockfish and 16" Speckled Trout and several other smaller rockfish on 9-30-13 using peeler crabs and blood worms in about 4' of crystal clear water.

Tags: Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, Spotted Seatrout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on October 4, 2013 | Permalink

NBPR C&R Trout Fishing Area Survey

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area

The upper North Branch Potomac River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area Survey:

The upper North Branch Potomac River C&R Trout Fishing Area (just downstream of the Jennings Randolph Lake) was recently surveyed to monitor the status of the trout population. We did document a relatively low density of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, however there were some trophy-sized wild trout in the population. Wild Rainbow Trout up to 20 inches and Brown Trout measuring 13 inches were collected. A fall stocking of Rainbow Trout will take place this month to improve fishing in this section of the river. Also the Put and Take Trout Fishing Areas at Barnum and Westernport will receive a total of 1,600 Rainbow Trout in October. The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class provided the necessary manpower to conduct the survey.

Pictured: 1) Garrett College Class with trophy Rainbow Trout 2) Rainbow Trout 3) Brown Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Trout Survey


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on September 27, 2013 | Permalink

Youghiogheny River C&R Trout Fishing Area Survey

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

The Inland Fisheries Service with the valuable assistance of Garrett College's Fisheries Management Class recently conducted fish population surveys in the Youghiogheny River Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area. We collected a lot of recently stocked Rainbow Trout in the 8 - 10 inch size class as well as a lot of Brown Trout in the 6 - 8 inch size class from fingerling stockings during the summer, showing good growth and survival rates. The best part of the surveys were the trophy sized Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout at each station we sampled. Brown Trout measuring up to 23 inches and Rainbow Trout measuring up 18 inches were collected. Several chunky Smallmouth Bass were collected, providing additional fishing opportunities.

Pictures 1) Trophy Rainbow Trout 2) Garrett College students posing with trophy Brown Trout 3) Smallmouth Bass 4) Fisheries Tech Jon Folk with lunker Brown Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Darren Streets, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2013 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Mount Vernon

Darren caught his first Speckled Trout. It was a 25 inch award size fish caught in the bay at Mount Vernon on cut spot in the evening.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout, Speckled Trout


  1. Steve K, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2013 | Permalink

22 Inch Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region:
Location:

I caught this 22" Brown Trout in a spot I wish to remain anonymous. These trout produce in the wild and it is important to me that we preserve these beautiful specimens. I caught it on a chartruce joes fly on 4lb test. It fought like a monster.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on September 24, 2013 | Permalink

Rock Bass at Savage River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River

On 9-22-13, I went to Savage with my Dad to try for some more trout. The lake is getting too low to put the Canoe in without going through the mud so we decided just to try the streams. I caught and released this big 11" Rock Bass, the bigest one I ever caught. I think it might qualify for an award. The trout must be moving up into the streams, we caught 6.

Tags: Rock Bass


  1. Matt Baden, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2013 | Permalink

5 Award Sized Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Lower Eastern Shore

Matt caught and released 5 award sized seatrout this past weekend on the lower eastern shore. They were all Spotted Seatrout in the range of 24 - 27.5".

Tags: Spotted Seatrout


  1. Adam Fancovic, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on September 23, 2013 | Permalink

Upper Gunpowder Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder Catch and Release Section

I went fishing for the second time last weekend at the Upper Gunpowder Catch and Release Section. I went for the first time this past spring and didn't catch anything but knew this section held lots of browns. I made my way slowly up river from many of the parking areas along the way finally ending up at the dam. The river was very low so had to keep my profile low approaching the river. I managed to pull 9 beautiful brown's out of the river over the course of the day. One hole held at least 15 trout with 3 or 4 being well over 16 inches but none of the big ones would look at anything I threw at them. Will definitely be headed back soon to try to land one of those lunkers.

Tags: Brown Trout

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