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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 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. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
  3. View all reports by Richie Bowen →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Tons of fish... But bluegill in saltwater?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

In Breton Bay there's been redfish, bluefish, carp, bluegill, striped bass, and white perch. It's saltwater so it's weird there was a bluegill.

DNR Response: A variety of fish that most people consider freshwater can tolerate a fair amount of salinity in areas often referred to as "brackish" where there is a mixing of freshwater and bay water. Sunfish such as bluegills and even largemouth bass and chain pickerel can be found in these areas at times.

Tags: Carp, Bluegill, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Red Drum, White Perch

  1. aaron Wexler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by aaron Wexler →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Thomas Point Spanish Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Thomas Point

Aaron caught this 23" Spanish Mackerel at Thomas Point on 9/11/2014.

Tags: Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass

  1. Eric Connolly, Youth Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Eric Connolly →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Hooked on Fishing After First Catch

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City, MD

My son Eric, age 12 has Autism and my dad (69 years old) is an avid fisherman. During the last 12 years Eric has never had an interest to fish. I know that has always broken my dad's heart. He has tried for many years to get him to fish or at least go in a boat. This summer we were in Ocean City, Maryland for vacation. One evening our family (grand-dad & grand mom included) went out on the beach to fish and told Eric what we were doing. He seemed to like the idea and we asked him if he wanted to hold the rod. He complied and within 5 minutes he caught a fish. Well that's all it took. He was hooked. He caught another one within 5 minutes and another one. It was an exciting night to say the least, especially to have his grandfather present. The smiles on everyone's faces that night was priceless. I have attached 3 pictures. One picture shows his first fish and the 2nd photo is his 2nd fish (I think both croakers) and the 3rd photo is something I never thought I would get a picture of….and that was Eric holding a rod and looking off into the ocean. It was an amazing site.

Tags: Croaker

  1. Joe Perret, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Joe Perret →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Nice Rock on First Cast

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

Fishing for perch with soft shell crab on the bridge pilings, but this 22” rock pounced on the first cast of the morning. Perch action was hot. Also caught and released a couple of 16” rock.

Tags: Striped Bass, Perch

  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Lorenzo Sanz →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing with my New Awesome Fishing Rod

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

I went to Loch Raven Reservoir to try out my new fishing rod that I won at the Maryland Youth Fishing Awards Ceremony. I had a blast at the Maryland Seafood Festival and the Maryland Awards Ceremony last weekend. I am so excited about my fishing trip. Thank you Maryland DNR!

Tags: Maryland Fishing Challenge, Maryland Youth Fishing Club

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 20
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Savage River Reservoir Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River Dam

We figured out the fall pattern for catching rainbow trout. Dad and I fished the Savage River Reservoir from our Canoe on Saturday 9-6-14 and caught our limit of trout. I caught this nice 18" trout. We saw an American Bald Eagle flying in to land and I grabbed the camera and got these pictures of it, he is in the center of the one picture sitting on a tree branch. The next day we headed to the fishing challange finale where I won a fishing rod, a tackle box, and best of all a fishing trip on the Baltimore Harbor. Thanks to the DNR for having the fishing challenge and a great big thanks to captain Tom Hughes for donating the fishing trips and to Matt from the Fisheries Service who presented the youth awards. I am very excited about the fishing trip with Captain Tom and can hardly wait until next year to go on it. Matt, we are looking forward to learning ice fishing this year and hope to see you out there.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Maryland Youth Fishing Club, Maryland Fishing Challenge

  1. Rachel Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
  4. View all reports by Rachel Ehm →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

First Place at Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fort Smallwood Park

I fishing at Fort Smallwood Park in the Pasadena Sportfishing Kids Tournament. I caught a lot of rockfish & 1 white perch. I came in third place in the tournament and came in first place in the most fish caught (20 fish). I had a great time.

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch

  1. Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
  2. Monkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 18
  4. View all reports by Jacob Ehm →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Fishing Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Fort Smallwood Park

I went to a fishing tournament today in Pasadena. I caught a lot of rockfish, all about 6 to 11 in. I caught 18 rockfish in all, I even helped another boy learn how to fish. We had a great time.

Tags: Striped Bass

  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Bait for Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

The biggest challenge with catching blue catfish is getting bait. Blue cats are voracious eaters and seem to eat almost anything. Bait on the other hand is not so easy to come by. I am hoping that DNR and/or other anglers might offer some suggestions. Here are some ways that I have caught bait.

Pentagon lagoon and the spoils: I have caught bluegill using wax worms on a bobber. One time, it took me 3 hours to catch one bluegill -- hanging my head in shame.

Washington Channel: I have caught perch using live minnows and cut down sibiki rigs. (2 hooks only)

Fletchers: I have caught perch using shad darts during the shad run in the spring.

This may come as a surprise (I know I was surprised), but blue cats eat almost anything including other blue catfish. Yesterday, I caught a blue catfish while jigging for striper. I cut up the catfish and put it on a bottom rig, and caught several more blue cats.

Hopefully, more anglers get interested in blue catfish. They have proliferated the Potomac and are literally everywhere. They are super strong and a lot of fun to catch. Anyone interested in catching "saltwater sized" fish in freshwater should give it a try.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Bluegill, Perch

  1. David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
  2. Port Republic, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by David A. Gaestel →

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Herbert Run Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Herbert Run

I caught and released this 23 inch smallmouth bass in Herbert Run near Linthicum Heights. She will live to fight another day!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

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