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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.

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 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. Bethesda, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on August 6, 2014 | Permalink

Where to Find the Larger Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac River

Fishing on the upper Potomac has been good the past few outings. The water is low, but hydrilla has yet to take hold. I generally manage to catch 20-30 smallmouth in a few hours, but they are all small (13" and smaller). During spring, it seems everything is 17" or larger, but during the summer it is rare to catch anything over 15". Question for DNR, where do the big ones go? Any tips on catching them?

I also caught a fish with lesions all over its mouth (pictured). This was a 13" smallie and had plenty of fight in it. I was wondering what is the cause of the lesions? Any recommendations when catching fish like this?

DNR Response: The larger bass are more active than the juveniles at cooler water temperatures, generally from the mid-50s and cooler. Also, the mature bass are actively feeding during the prespawn period to secure energy and nutrients for the spawn and later aggressively defend their nests and brood. During the summer, the larger bass spread out in a variety of habitats remaining hidden near boulders and ledges when the sun is bright and the water is low and clear. They become more active during low light periods of dawn and dusk and also at night when madtoms (a small noctural member of the catfish family) are active.

The fish in the photo is most likely suffering from infections related to hooking injuries. Always try to remove hooks quickly with as little tissue damage as possible.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Michael Peters, Recreational Angler
  2. Hampstead, MD
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on August 6, 2014 | Permalink

Large Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac

This beast of a Walleye was caught last weekend, It measured in at 28.25 inches and weighed 7.2 pounds.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Stanley Redwood, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 6, 2014 | Permalink

Catfish Bellies Full of Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Pasadena

Multiple catfish caught from my pier in Pasadena. Bellies loaded with baby crabs. Explains why they are invasive and no crabs being caught this year. These catfish were caught on nightcrawlers, all weighed about 2-3 pounds each.

DNR Response: The species of catfish could not be determined with the photo.

Tags: Catfish


  1. William Albert, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 6, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Walleye

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac

William caught this 28.5 inch Walleye on 7/31/2004 in the Potomac and is now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Walleye


  1. Andrew Coon, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 6, 2014 | Permalink

Choptank Cats and Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Choptank

I was out fishing the Choptank in Denton this week and caught many Blue Catfish. I know these are invasive but they are going to grow larger. I also caught plenty of channel cats and a few Yellow Perch.

DNR Response: The species of catfish could not be determined without a photo.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch


  1. Audrey Morris, Youth Angler
  2. North Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

More Youth Tagging Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Audrey was able to go out on the tagging trip on July 31st and had a great time! She has been telling anyone and everyone about how much she loved it! She was able to catch many rockfish and Bluefish, and provided us all with dinner. She is already talking about going out on her next fishing trip, and can hardly wait to get back out on the water.

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging, Bluefish


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by Wayne Young →

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

Gum Thickets Bluefish

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location:

On Sunday 8/2, 4 fishers went out on my neighbor's 22' Grady. 21 medium spot on bloodworms in 20' NE of Poplar along the crab pot line. A mini chum pot (cricket cage!) on the bottom seemed to help - I pulled in 10 around the pot. The fleet was set up at the South end of Gum Thickets. No boats on the Hill or mouth of Eastern Bay. We anchored on the inside edge in 40'. My modest bait caster 17 lb pole that caught the 10 spot and then loaned to another snapped in 2 places on an early big hit when trying to set the hook. Limber pole that's caught 26" stripers before, braid with a shock leader, and light drag - go figure. Rest of the day harassed by Bluefish. We alternated between live lining and cut bait as spot got chewed up. The blues were very careful to slash the tails just behind a stinger!

Tally: 8 keeper Bluefish; 1 -18" keeper rock; released 3 rocks in the 16-17" range.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spot


  1. Ivan R. Cohen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

My Largest Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Caught this largemouth bass at Loch Raven Reservoir. I estimate it was between 6 & 7 pounds. I was using a 5'6 light action ugly stix with a spinning reel and 10lb test. The lure I was using was a green yum worm. This was the largest bass I have caught in the reservoir. Safely released.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

Bass Fishing at New Germany

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: New Germany State Park

No I'm not at Lost Lake but in still catching bass with my Dad.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Ryley McCardell, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink

50 Diamond Jim Fish Tagged

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay

Ryley had the privilege of participating in the DNR Diamond Jim tagging program with other Maryland Youth Fishing Club members. They fished the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Never Enuff Charter Boat. Today they tagged their quota of 50 Striped Bass! They also caught many undersized fish amd even got to keep a few for home! It was a tough day as Bluefish continually stole bait but the kids managed to even the score by putting over 40 Bluefish in the boat. Ryley didn't catch the biggest today but he managed to catch the most unique, a "humpback" striped bass was successfully caught, tagged and released. They caught all those fish and were back to the dock by 1:00 pm! Thanks Department of Natural Resources!

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging

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