Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A 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.
Kory Briggs, Recreational Angler
- Baltimore, MD
- Total Reports: 15
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Location: Loch Raven
The wife and I celebrated 5 amazing years with a Loch Raven canoe trip on June 19th. We spent a few glorious hours on the water and after a bottle of wine (or two) she managed to catch a very nice crappie on a orange crankbait. The smile says it all.
Laura Downey, Recreational Angler
- Jessup, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Mallows Bay Snakehead
Location: Mallows Bay
This 24" snakehead was caught at Mallows Bay on June 20, 2015. I caught it while kayak fishing in the back "creek" area. Lure used: frog with rubber string legs. I had snakehead for supper that night - it was very delicious!
Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 29
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Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River
I had some luck last week, I caught a nice bass I'd say was around 2 pounds on the lower Susquehanna. Then the next day I landed a nice size carp I'd say was about 15 or more pounds in a local pond. Had fun catching this big guy on light tackle, too bad I didn't have someone to take a decent picture.
Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 53
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Fishing for Fun
Location: Owens Creek and Friends Creek
I just returned from a trip to Owens and Friends Creek. I arrived at Owens Creek and found it to be high and muddy. Even so I hooked and lost a brown trout. Tried some other pools but no luck. Decided to try Friends Creek even though most fish have been caught. Friends Creek was also high and muddy. I hooked and lost a trout in upper Friends Creek then decided to try downstream. Best fish of the day turned out to be a 12" brown trout. I let it go. Caught and released a rainbow trout further downstream in one of the large pools. All trout were caught on a green wooly bugger. If the rains continue trout streams will be muddy and harder to fish. Still fishing is worthwhile and a good way to spend a summer day.
Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
- New Market
- Total Reports: 10
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Crabbing in OC
Location: Ocean City
My wife Krista and myself headed out on Friday to try for flounder on the incoming tide. The water was really dirty so we decided to do some crabbing. We harvested a half bushel using collapsible traps and chicken backs near the Rt 90 bridge. We found if the bait becomes washed out the catch rate really dropped off. So if your chicken becomes white you need to change for best results.
Scott O'Neil, Recreational Angler
- Columbia, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Great Couple of Days at Lake Allen
Location: Lake Allen
Had a great couple days fishing Lake Allen. The bass were biting well even though it was very hot and sunny. Caught dozens of fish over the 2 days there and several were in the 3-4 lb range. All fish seemed very healthy and looking for a fight. All fish were caught on plastics and released healthy. Shout out to Travis Franklin, was nice meeting you and had a great time fishing together. It’s always nice to meet other anglers who are passionate and respectful of the sport. Tight lines!
Joe Love, Fisheries Biologist
- Total Reports: 46
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Bass Survey Results of Tidal Gunpowder
Location: Gunpowder River
The Tidal Bass Program pulled this 19 inch, over 4 pound bass from Gunpowder River this week. This was the first year of having an effective, TBP survey of Gunpowder River and it produced a few, nice adult bass. We are continuing to assess habitat issues and to stock young bass in that region to help grow the fishery for anglers.
Sam Crowell, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Help Reduce Mortality while Handling Fish
Location: Piney Rervoir, Grantsville
Found this 24 inch 8 1/2 pound giant floating at one of my favorite spots on Piney Reservoir in Grantsville, MD, could have been many causes of death but the State of Maryland needs to be doing a little something more to inform anglers on handling and releasing trophy sized fish. This death could have been caused by angler error and it can be prevented... Please post the picture below to spread some awareness to the angler that wants to watch that fish of a lifetime swim away…
DNR Response: Thanks Mr. Crowell for the report. As you mentioned, there could have been many causes of death. We find that one of the most common causes of death is hooking injury, such as a deep gut hook. Handling stress also causes a problem for the fish. One common stressor that kills the fish is suffocation when fish are held in a containment unit that has deoxygenated and stagnant water.
To help reduce handling stress on the fish, we are making a conscious effort to provide pictures of anglers who are handling the fish the way you are. As you know, supporting the full weight of the fish with two hands is not something that most anglers do when they take a picture. The Conservation Director of Maryland Bass Nation, Scott Sewell, has made impassioned pleas for anglers to pay attention to how they support the fish's body at public meetings for at least 2 years. In our 2014 fishing guide (Basic Catch & Release Fish Handling Tips), our second tip is when handling fish, use wet hands and hold fish by lip with one hand and support its body with the other hand. Illustrating good handling techniques and providing tips may not solve the problem and I'm hopeful that anglers such as yourself will continue to spread the word.
Thanks for your email and for helping to keep black bass alive!
Donald Lorden, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Kurtis LeMaire, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Fishing in the Chester River
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Chester River
Went out for a quick afternoon of fishing. Caught these two cats! One Channel that was 27 " 10lbs and the other not sure what it was looked very different it was 25" and 8.5lbs nice fish both on cut bait. Both still swimming!
DNR Response: The other fish is also a channel catfish, it just has darker coloring which is not uncommon when they get larger.