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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. Jayden Venable, Youth Angler
  2. Eldersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Jayden Venable →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

First Striper

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay

Jayden Venable aka. Capt Big Fish on his first fishing trip on the Bay. Thursday, May 7th, no wind, calm waters, and 72 degrees.

The perfect day. The first hook up I could not hold the rod. It was a monster (estimated 50 pounder). My best fishing buddy took over the rod (Papaw). He fought the fish for a solid 20 minutes and after coming up for the forth time doing a dozen tail spins he snapped the line! Wow, It was pretty quiet for a while. Until..............the next hook up!

Fish On! I worked this fish pretty good. He was tough, but after pulling and reeling I landed my first stripper. A nice 35 inch fish.

His is one of those great days fishing.

Tags: striped bass


  1. Wyatt Yesker, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Wyatt Yesker →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Crappie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Eastern Shore Lake

Wyatt Yesker caught this eastern shore crappie using an artificial soft plastic under a float!!

Tags: crappie


  1. Johnny Yesker, Youth Angler
  2. Grasonville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Johnny Yesker →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Crappie Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Eastern Shore Lake

Johnny Yesker was fishing with his brother and caught this nice crappie using an artificial soft plastic under a float in an eastern shore lake.

Tags: crappie


  1. Award Winners, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 21
  3. View all reports by Award Winners →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Various
Location: Various

Congratulations to these anglers who are now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:

  • Arnel Redfern of Baltimore, MD caught this 50 inch striped bass on Sunday May 3, 2015 at Tilghman Island.
  • Megan Sabo of Lutherville was fishing with her Dad and family when she caught this 40.5 inch striped bass in Deale.
  • Jackie Krep of Clear Spirng, Md caught this 43 inch striped bass on 5/2/2015 at Breezy Point.

Tags: striped bass


  1. James D. Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by James D. Smith →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Blue Catfish, It's What's for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Caught in St Marys county on the Potomac River.

Went fishing on May 10th and caught a few croakers and several Blue Catfish. I cleaned them on the spot and took home 2 nice bags of filets.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive


  1. Bill Boteler, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market
  3. Total Reports: 9
  4. View all reports by Bill Boteler →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Crappies on the Spawn

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run lake

Pat the cat Baseler and myself went to Piney Run lake to see if we could take advantage of the crappie spawn and catch some shallow water crappies. We used pink and white tube jigs under bobbers. We also offered mealworms on a small jig under bobbers. Most structure such a beaver dams and lillypads held fish in 2 foot of water.

Tags: crappie


  1. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Wyatt Hall →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Patuxent Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Wyatt Hall, age 4, caught his first fish of the year near Benedict Bridge in the Patuxent River . It was a great day for him and his brother expect many more reports of different types of fish this year.

Tags: white perch


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 20
  3. View all reports by John Horgan →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Winters Run Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Winters Run

We fished Winters Run today with live minnows and senkos. We caught about 20 fish: smallmouth, sunfish and 2 snapping turtles.

Tags: smallmouth bass, sunfish, snapping turtle


  1. Wes Powell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Wes Powell →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout in Beaver Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

29 inch, 10 lb. 4 oz. Rainbow Trout caught from Beaver Creek in Washington County.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Karon Hickman, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Karon Hickman →

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge Reservoir

On Friday May 8th I caught a nice 3 or 4 pound bass down at Rocky Gorge using a black ribbon tail worm fishing a small creek channel near a point that led straight to the deeper water.

Tags: largemouth bass

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