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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.

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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. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on March 17, 2015 | Permalink

Time To Get Excited

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Dorchester County

It's time to get excited!!!...a trip to the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County confirmed my intuition...white perch to 13"...bass to early snakehead bite...yellow perch...crappie...bluegill...catfish...carp...were all hungry and feeding with the first warm blast...things are looking up my cousin Ricky...and my friend Tom and enjoyed an incredible won't catch em sitting home...get out enjoy what the great state of Maryland has to offer!!!

Tags: white perch, carp, bluegill, largemouth bass, norhtenr snakehead, yellow perch

  1. Adam Colvin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 17, 2015 | Permalink

Gizzard Shad in Lusby

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Lusby

I caught this fish on Sunday, March 8 2015. This was in Lusby, MD on freshwater. I believe it is a member of the shad family but I cannot tell. Please let me know what you think.

DNR Response: It is a gizzard shad, which is a common resident species in lower salinity tidal rivers and some freshwater lakes throughout Maryland.

Tags: gizzard shad

  1. Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 18
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink

Savage River Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Poplar Lick

This past weekend I took advantage of the warmer temperatures and the melting snow to catch my first brook trout of 2015. After discovering that the mainstem upper Savage River had been rocked by high flows and ice damage, I decided to focus my efforts on the tributaries - specifically Poplar Lick. The day started well, with a beautiful 9" fish coming to hand on the second cast and the action remained fairly steady after that.

All fish came on a small, short-shank, #8 wooly bugger fished slowly as a nymph. The takes were very aggressive though and a strike indicator was not needed! I did see a few rising fish that were likely taking the few midges that I noticed hatching in the warm sunshine, but all of my action was on the streamer.

The forecast shows rain and high water for the remainder of the week, but as flows recede, shake of the winter blues, and go catch some brook trout! Just remember that if you are going to fish for brook trout anywhere in Maryland this year, we invite you to participate in our volunteer angler diary program! The data generated by this effort will help us to better understand and manage our brook trout resources across Maryland! The form can be found and downloaded by visiting our brook trout program page on the DNR Fisheries website.

Good luck and tight lines!

Tags: Brook Trout

  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish of 2015

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats

First day back at fishing after a long harsh winter with my buddy from work. We fished in Havre de Grace off the Flats. Caught the first fish of 2015 and three more along with my friend Nates other four we caught eight total. It was defiantly a great start to hopefully a great season to come.

Tags: Channel Catfish

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on March 11, 2015 | Permalink

Winter Recap, Now Looking Forward to Spring

Type: Freshwater
Region: Various
Location: Various

Well as the season draws to a close…I must say this was a banner year for my friends and I…in a way…we were blessed with some great hardwater opportunities all over the state…I am looking forward to the spring run of the perch…as the water thaws our adventures will expand…I can't wait to see the open water again!!!

Tags: Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Bluegill

  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on March 3, 2015 | Permalink

Hooked on Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lake Habeeb, RockyGap State Park

My cousin Mckenzie fished with me and my Dad at Lake Habeeb recently, she caught 5 trout and I caught 5 trout. This was my cousins first time ice fishing and we were lucky to find a trout honey hole. Dad spent his time helping us out and we realy enjoyed catching the fish together, I think McKenzie is now hooked on ice fishing.

Tags: rainbow trout, ice fishing

  1. Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 3, 2015 | Permalink

Anxious for Spring

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: St Mary's County

Ryder caught this last fall and is now looking forward to catching lots of fish this spring. Only a couple of weeks away so look forward to lots of pics this year by boat and pier.

Tags: catfish

  1. Kenny Wampler, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on February 26, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing the Savage Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage Reservoir

For a change of scenery this ice fishing season, myself along with fisheries biologist’s Alan Klotz and Matt Sell decided to head to the Savage Reservoir to see what we could bring up from the depths. We were greeted with around 14 inches of good ice with a few inches of snow cover on top that came in handy as we were running from one tip-up to another. The fish didn’t need too much persuasion to bite, after setting out my first tip-up for the day the flag popped before I could even walk away to set the second and this fast action continued for most of the trip. Various jigs with maggots and tip-ups with a fathead were both producers throughout the day brining plenty of perch and a trout to the ice. The savage is not necessarily known for large jumbo perch like the ones of near by Deep Creek Lake; but this is made up for with a lot of action, large numbers of fish, and still being able to catch sizable fish to keep for the dinner table. For anyone looking to get into the sport of ice fishing, or someone like myself that was wanting a change, I highly recommend giving the Savage Reservoir a try.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Ice Fishing

  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Looking Forward to Spring

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Spent time today at the Loch Raven Reservoir with my dad. The Loch Raven Reservoir was a bit frozen and I tried to cast past the ice and it was difficult. I am looking forward to the warm weather and great fishing time again.


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Gunpowder Yellow Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

We fished today, 2/21/2015 in the morning on the Gunpowder River in Joppa. It was slow. We used minnows and shad darts. We only caught about 10 yellow perch total. My 15 year old son Dan caught this yellow perch.

Tags: Yellow Perch

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