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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. Bill Reem, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 20, 2015 | Permalink

Great Morning at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

Last Saturday my friend and I ventured out to Loch Raven looking for bass. We ended up instead catching 10 plus pickerel. A small Rapala minnow was the ticket. The only bass caught was the one in this picture! Fun day on the water!

Tags: largemouth bass, chain pickerel


  1. Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 52
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Posted on May 20, 2015 | Permalink

More Big Gills

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds

Although the cold snap last week slowed the panfish bite down a bit we still managed some excellent fish on a variety of tiny jigs, jig-flies and plain baits. Fish were scattered but look for regrouping and increased spawning intensity with the June 2nd full moon. Our best fish this week were a 10.5 inch female and a beefcake 11-inch male bluegill that took the Tobacco Road Jig in 1/80th oz.

Just a reminder that my son Matt and I will be doing a bluegill seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Hanover, MD. this Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11 AM and a Hybrid Mania Sunfish seminar at 3 PM. Would love to share information with many readers of these fishing reports.

Enjoy and have a safe Memorial Holiday!

Tags: bluegill


  1. Sheldon Flood, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on May 20, 2015 | Permalink

Those Blue Cats are Fighters

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Good catch for the day. One carp, two blue and one channel catfish.Those blue cats sure put up a fight. All caught at Selby Landing on the Patuxent River. The big blue was 15 lbs and the smaller one was 10 lbs. Biggest I've caught in the Patuxent River so far.

Tags: carp, channel catfish, blue catfish, invasive


  1. Jake Ballentine, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 20, 2015 | Permalink

Lake Habeeb Redear

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Habeeb

I caught this 11.5 inch redear sunfish at Lake Habeeb on 5/16/15. Size 11.5 shoe.

Tags: redear sunfish


  1. Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on May 19, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Pickerel at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

The pickerel fishing action has been great at Loch Raven this spring. My son Neil Villanueva was on a mission to catch a citation sized pickerel this weekend after losing the "big one" earlier in the week. We set out early from the fishing center on Saturday Morning and the action was great all day. By mid afternoon Neil caught a nice 25 inch fish that earned him a ticket into the Maryland Fishing Challenge. All pickerel that we kept were expertly filleted by Neil for another upcoming fish fry.

Tags: chain pickerel


  1. Richard Norris, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on May 19, 2015 | Permalink

Lower Potomac Catfishin'

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawomen Creek

Went out of Mattawomen Creek on Saturday May 16th with my friend Jason. We caught a total of 7 Catfish (4 Blues & 3 Channels). All the Blues were at least 5lbs each. The largest Blue was almost 9lbs. The largest Channel Cat was 5lbs. All channel cats were caught & released. All the Blues were removed from the river. Body count was 4 for the day.

Tags: blue catfish, Invasive, channel catfish


  1. Patrick Stoehr, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 18, 2015 | Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakhead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Patrick caught and killed a 25" Northern Snakehead in the Little Patuxent River in Odenton, MD. The spot he caught it was under a pedestrian bridge on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis trail. Patrick saw multiple other snakeheads in the same area, but could not catch them.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Matt Helmick, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on May 19, 2015 | Permalink

Loch Raven Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven

Matt caught this 17 inch 3 lbs bass at Loch Raven.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Andrew Coon, Recreational Angler
  2. Columbia
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on May 19, 2015 | Permalink

Good Bass Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Central Maryland Lakes and Potomac River

Nice 4lb largemouth bass from Allen's pond and a 3lb smallmouth bass from Harper's Ferry.

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass


  1. Branson Williams, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on May 18, 2015 | Permalink

Cats up the Creek

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

It was a busy week of sampling for MDNR biologists, collecting pre-spawn blue catfish in Mattawoman Creek. Fish up to 58 lbs were electrofished and collected for diet and fecundity studies. While it seems the large males were too busy building nests to actively feed, females up to 50 lbs were gorging on crayfish, river herring, and sunfishes. Eggs for mature females run about 10-12% of the body weight of the fish; that was over 5 lbs of eggs for one big girl! We found fish near deep bends in the creek and alongside lilly pads. A few were collected in water as shallow as 2 ft. This time of year gives anglers with small boats or shoreline access a great shot to land BIG FISH! MDNR asks anglers lucky enough to catch blue catfish not to return them to the water. These fish are invasive and pose a threat to native and naturalized species in MD waters.

Tags: blue catfish

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