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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. Jim Spurrier, Recreational Angler
  2. Lutherville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Fishing and Caught a Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Barren Creek

I was Bass Fishing, in my kayak, at Barren Creek in Mardela Springs. I started off with a tough morning of high winds and fast incoming tide. I went over to an area out of the wind and current and noticed a lot of weeds so I got my Frog Rod out. I casted about 20 yards away and immediately had a tremendous strike, I set the hook and started cranking in the line. This fish was really pulling. As I got closer, I noticed the teeth of this nasty 27 inch snakehead. Fortunately, I had a deep hook set, so I knew he wasn't getting away. I towed this fish all the way back to the parking area, where it was disposed of.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Smallmouth Bass on the Monocacy

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Monocacy River

I decided to change my strategy on the Monocacy River yesterday and moved upstream from Riverside Park about a mile and a half and got in the water just above some small falls where some water was pooling. The river is about knee to waist high. Caught this nice smallmouth on a keitech 4.2 moss green swing impact.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Walter Hawk, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Assateague Gag Grouper

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Assateague

I caught this gag grouper under the Verrazano Bridge at Assateague.

Tags: gag grouper

  1. Bobby Herbert, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 15, 2015 | Permalink

Five Dead Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Church Creek Pond

We have caught 5 northern snakehead fish between August 28 and September 6, 2015 in our land locked freshwater pond, located on Buttons Neck Road, Church Creek, MD. Location of pond using ADC map book is Map 21 A-11. The fish range in size from 15.5 to 24 inches, all five fish have been killed.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Kenny Shure, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Miles River Fish ID

Type: Tidal
Region: Eatern
Location: Miles River

I caught this fish this past weekend off of my dock in St. Michaels on the Miles River (Porter's Creek). I am not sure what kind it is (American Shad?). We almost always catch perch, bluefish, spot and rockfish, but never anything like this. Can you help identify? It was also hooked on the top in front of the dorsal fin and put up a good fight.

DNR Response: The fish in the picture is a gizzard shad and is a common forage fish found in the tidal rivers and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay. They are not edible but serve as an important food source for fish such as striped bass when the gizzard shad are juveniles and provide food for ospreys when they are adults.

Tags: gizzard shad

  1. Kylie Mackley, Youth Angler
  2. Thurmont
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Family Fishing at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

Kylie age 7 was fishing with Dad this spring on Owens Creek. One of many caught and released so someone else could catch it again!

Tags: golden rainbow trout

  1. Jamey Hamilton, Recreational Angler
  2. Colonial Beach, VA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Potomac Striper

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Colonial Beach

My brother, Lennie got this 29 incher Sunday while visiting from ATL GA. He caught it off of Colonial Beach, Tandem Rig Pink Jig with white grub, Trolling. Great fun!

Tags: striped bass

  1. Chris Warfield, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Little Black Water Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Little Black Water River

Species: Northern Snakehead

Size: roughly 22-24 inches

Location: Little Black Water River/ Maple Dam Road/ Residential dock

Date: 9/7/2015 about 5:30pm

Fish was killed

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Rev Ryan Johnson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Central MD Bass Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Centennial Lake and Liberty Erservoir

I have been fishing in Centenial and Liberty. Caught this 17 inch bass at Centennial but if you notice it's real skinny. Something is going on with this lake. All the fish are skinny and all the lily pads are gone. The last photo is from Liberty.

Tags: largemouth bass, yellow perch

  1. Shaun Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Bowie, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 9, 2015 | Permalink

Large Bull Red Drum

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Solomons, MD right outside mouth of Patuxent River

My dad, brother, and I took a charter out with Capt. Don Layton aboard the Jeanie's Catch out of Solomons over the Labor Day weekend. We started to jig with light tackle under a big bait ball right outside the mouth of the Patuxent and after some mediocre success, hooked into the big bull red drum. After getting spooled twice and chasing the fish down successfully, we managed to get as much of it as would fit into our landing net and got it in the boat. This was my first red drum ever and it measured 45 inches and approximately 40 pounds. After a couple quick pictures, it was successfully released and swam away fine. The rest of the trip we managed to land a couple bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and undersize rockfish. But this was definitely the highlight of a great trip.

Present in the attached photo, from the left: Father, Al Miller, and son, Shaun Miller.

Tags: red drum, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, striped bass

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