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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. Fred Voelker, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2015 | Permalink

Why is One Fish Darker?

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Poole's Island

My family and I were on a charter Sunday, August 23, 2015. Great trip! We were off Poole's Island. I noticed the 2nd fish from the bottom was very dark - almost black. Can you tell me if this Rockfish looks normal? After filleting, the meat looked dark red and lumpy compared to the other fish. I still have the fillets frozen, and am leary about eating them.

DNR Response: Yes the fish you mention does appear to have a darker color that the other striped bass. I do not think it is anything to worry about. Often fish such as striped bass will be darker in color if they spend most of their time in deeper waters. I have noticed that striped bass that tend to be in shallower waters often will be lighter in color or as some would say "washed out". I believe it is a pigment reaction to bright sunlight verses being in deeper waters where the sunlight does not penetrate.

As with any type of food whether it is wild caught or something you've purchased at the grocery store; if you have to think twice about it, discard it.

Tags: striped bass

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

Channel Catfish in the Youghiogheny River Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Youghiogheny River Reservoir

Fishing for channel catfish in the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny River Reservoir has been productive during the early evening. Donnie Oats and his son Brett and I fished last weekend, using chicken livers for bait and we caught several catfish from 21 to 25 inches, plus a few yellow bullheads. Fishing for the "whiskered ones" is becoming my favorite fishing pastime, as these fish put on quite a fight!

Pictured are Donnie, Brett, and myself with some of our catch.

Tags: channel catfish

  1. Joe Perret, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 1, 2015 | Permalink

Personal Best

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Sandy Point

We fished the Bay around Sandy Point and the bridge on Saturday 8/29. It was breezy and rough at times, but we caught several fish - juvenile rockfish, small blues, white perch, and a cownose ray. My daughter managed a personal best with this 28” rock! Softshell crab was the bait of choice.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish, white perch, cownose ray

  1. Sean Allen Sr., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on September 1, 2015 | Permalink

Catching Fish Everywhere I Went

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Various

What a weekend! Nothing better than catching fish everywhere you go. Went up and fished the lower tidal Susquehanna and found 20 plus smallmouth like this one along with some short stripers… Also caught a 5 pound largie off Dundee Creek. And to top it off I was paddling Lynch Cove in Dundalk and jigged Up a 7 inch blue crab. What a weekend. As usual everything was caught pictured and released to fight another day.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, blue crab, striped bass

  1. Jay Pendell Jones, Recreational Angler
  2. Abington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on September 1, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing at Dusk

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Branch

I went back out to Middle Branch Park area on Monday August 31.

I launched from Ferry Bar Park behind Wal-Mart around 7 PM, and didn’t have to go very far. There was quite a lot of action until the sun set at 8:30. One spot just past the green channel marker produced a hit every single time (casting towards the hospital and reeling back to the marker). 3 of the perch were of nice size, and I lost quite a few more at the boat… the bite was very soft and I was throwing a spinner with a pretty slow retrieve.

I also caught and quickly released 2 striped bass, one maybe 16 inches, the other probably 12 inches at best. There were plenty of larger fish slapping the surface and I even saw some fins on the surface that indicated really large fish working that shoal area.

This was a nice change of pace, I went to the Bay Bridge on Friday Aug 28 and caught a single red robin fish (released). I tried fresh but dead (cast net caught from the boat ramps) menhaden on a bottom rig near the bridge piers. A lot of paddling for little success. Goes to show why the dawn and dusk time frames are your best target I guess.

Tags: white perch, striped bass, sea robin

  1. Garrett safreed, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 1, 2015 | Permalink

Two Nice Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Private pond

I caught two nice bass in a private pond in Davidsonville. The left fish is 2lbs the right is 3lbs! That is me in the picture, I caught them both on a frog!

Tags: largemouth bass

  1. David Haney, Recreational Angler
  2. Saint Leonard, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Ribbonfish on the Patuxent

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Caught this Ribbonfish on the Patuxent River near the three legged buoy while live lining with a live spot.

Tags: ribbonfish

  1. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Looking Forward to the Fishing Challenge Finale

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Fishing was not so good today all Wyatt and his brother Ryder caught was a perch and the worlds smallest rockfish which was quickly released back into the Patuxent River. Both boys are looking forward to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale on September 13. in just a couple weeks. They have been asking about it a lot lately.

Tags: perch, striped bass

  1. Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Not a Good Fishing Day

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Tide was not good for fishing today all Ryder and his brother caught was a perch and the worlds smallest rockfish that was released quickly.

Tags: striped bass, perch

  1. Jacob Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on August 31, 2015 | Permalink

Kayak Fishing in the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Mid-Bay

Caught a 23.5" striper this morning kayak fishing on a Rat-L-Trap that was hot-rodded.

Tags: striped bass

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