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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.

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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. Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Hooked a Few Sluggish Flatheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

My friend Jeff and I decided to take advantage of a warm February day and do some fishing. We set out for yellow perch and crappie but noticed huge schools of shad suspended with large fish underneath them. We dropped some “metal” down there and managed to hook a few of these sluggish flatheads. My largest of the day was 46 inches X 26 inches, estimated weight at 54 lbs. It was a great day on the Potomac despite some ice.

Tags: Flathead Catfish


  1. Roger Williams, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Cats on the Potomac

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Fished the Potomac River, in Dickerson, Maryland. No fish at the power plant spillway. Walked a mile downstream of spillway. Caught 2 catfish, one was 10 inches and my friend caught a 14 inch blue cat. Nice day on the water.

DNR Response: Inland Fisheries has not documented blue catfish in the nontidal portion of the Potomac River. Young channel catfish and blue catfish can look very similar. The most reliable characteristic to look for to tell them apart is the anal fin. The anal fin on channel catfish has a rounded edge and is shorter (25 - 30 rays) whereas the anal fin on blue catfish is much longer (30 - 36 rays) with a straight edge.

We encourage fishermen that catch a fish they can't identify to take several pictures of it with their phone and send them to us for identification. Most of the popular gamefish can be identified from a good photo.

Tags: Catfish


  1. Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on February 9, 2015 | Permalink

Few Fun Hours Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Spent a couple of fun days up at Deep Creek Lake doing some ice fishing. Friday afternoon/evening was cold, windy and snowy and action around Sky Valley was decent. Caught a few walleye 15-18” and a few perch. The wind blew and snow flew but it was a fun few hours for us and the pup. Sunday was still cold, but no snow. The wind was persistent but we hit the open lake anyway. Caught 14 nice perch on wax worms out around the mount of Cherry Cove. Not bad for a half day. We had a tremendous fish fry that night.

Tags: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Ice Fishing


  1. Jimmy Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 9, 2015 | Permalink

Almost Froze Catching Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

Middle Creek, Frederick MD… almost lost my fingers to frostbite catching these guys.. Two golden and two regular rainbows… all but one were 12 inches or better… Thanks DNR!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Chris Venker, Recreational Angler
  2. Grasonvile
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 2, 2015 | Permalink

Deep Creek Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: western
Location: Deep Creek

A long weekend at Deep Creek. A friend and I hit the best lake in MD for some much needed jigging. We caught a total of 11 keeper walleye and 35 keeper perch, along with an 11" BULLGILL. We caught fish from 6-40 FOW, jigging and tip ups. Buckeye shiners were the hot bait.

Tags: walleye, blue gill, yellow perch.


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 69
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Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink

Emily's Ice-Fishing Adventure

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Four-year-old Emily Stonesifer and her dad Nick joined us on the ice of Deep Creek Lake with the hopes of both father and daughter catching their first fish through the ice. It didn't take long - the bobber on Emily's fishing pole plopped down the hole and a fish was rapidly taking out line! Emily grabbed the pole and started reeling in the fish and became quite excited as she could see the fish swimming under the ice! Soon a toothy chain pickerel was on top of the ice! After seeing the sharp teeth, she was a little hesitant about holding the fish for a picture, so dad took the honors. She did gently put fish fish back down the hole so it could fight another day.

Tags: Chain Pickerel


  1. Richard White, Recreational Angler
  2. Severna Park, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on January 28, 2015 | Permalink

Salisbury and Severn Pickerel

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern and Southern
Location: Salisbury and Severn River

Plenty of pickerel around Salisbury inbetween storms. Rebel Metallic Blue Minnow getting them in local ponds. My wife Helen White took this picture on the 23rd. (first photo)

Then on Sunday 25th, I took advantage of the great weather and fished creeks on the Severn River. Very muddy with all the rain and snow melt up towards where I launch in Severna Park, had to travel half way down the river to find clear water. Pickerel on 3 1/2 Rebel Minnows in 3-4 ft. of water. (second photo)

Tags: Chain Pickerel


  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on January 23, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Spent the weekend on Deep Creek Lake with my cousin and a friend and man was it pretty incredible...ice was 8"-10"...we caught lots of fish jigging...Friday was miserable with winds gusting 30+ mph...a bluebird day greeted us Saturday and pushed the fish 30+ feet deep...a few hours of overcast Sunday...then back to reality...yellow perch to two pounds...walleye to six pounds...a guy close pulled a 28" walleye thru the ice...heres a few pics...can't wait to get back!!!

Tags: yellow perch, walleye


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on January 16, 2015 | Permalink

Trout On Ice

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

I caught my first trout through the ice today after school. So glad Matt got me and dad into ice fishing, what a fun way to spend the cold winter days.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on January 12, 2015 | Permalink

First Fish While Ice Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Piney Reservoir, Frostburg

With some good advice from DNR's Matt Sell and some helpful assistance from a couple other friendly fisherman, I caught my first fish through the ice while fishing at Piney Reservoir on 1-11-15. I hope to get out on the ice more and hope to see the folks that have helped me to get started ice fishing.

Tags: yellow perch

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