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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. Mark Anders, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Mark Anders →

Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Ocean City Crabbing

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City Rt. 90 Bridge

Mark was crabbing in Ocean City near the Rt 90 Bridge and caught 21 crabs using hand lines.

Tags: Blue Crab


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
  4. View all reports by Richard Gunion →

Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Deep Sea Fishing

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Off Shore of Ocean City

I just returned from a deep sea fishing trip on the Morning Star Headboat. My expectations were to catch Sea Bass and Summer Flounder. After a 2 and 1/2 hour run we arrived at a reef and started fishing. I managed to catch a throwback flounder and then a keeper sea bass. After awhile I caught my only keeper flounder of the day. Others on the boat did better getting their limit of four flounder. Some 5 and 6 pounders where caught by end of the day winning the pool money. At least with 2 fish I had dinner. The captain advised using a strip bait of flounder belly or Squid on a long trailing bottom hook with a light green curly tail. The top hook could be baited with clam. A little motion could be given the bait to attract the flounder. Some people did well, others only caught 2 keepers and some people caught no keepers just throwbacks. The headboats have switched over to Summer Flounder as fishing for Black Sea Bass is slow. Tight lines.

Tags: Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass


  1. Tylor Kirklin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 19
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Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Deer Creek Mix

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek

Went out on Deer Creek a few times these past couple of weeks on the kayak and the fish were defiantly there and biting but they lacked in size. I got a few fallfish, smallmouth, sunfish and even a couple largemouths all on rooster tail spinners.

Tags: Fallfish, Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass


  1. Ryan Case, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Flounder in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Ryan caught this 24.75 inch Summer Flounder on 7/23/2014 in Ocean City.

Tags: Summer Flounder


  1. C. J. Lutz, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I caught this snakehead in July, during a boys fishing trip at Mattawoman Creek in Indian Head, MD.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Charlie Ward, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

Youth Diamond Jim Tagging Trip

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay

Charlie and Ben Ward went out fishing on the June 26th Diamond Jim Tagging Trip aboard the Red Osprey ! They had a ball. It was their first time being out on the bay like that. Charlie caught a 25 inch rockfish and Ben caught a 23 inch rockfish. That is all they talk about when you ask them about fishing. And always there's the one that got away!

Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim


  1. Gabe Madewell, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

First Time Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake a Elkhorn

Gabe went fishing for the first time! He fished along the bank of Lake a Elkhorn in Columbia, MD. He didn't catch any fish, but he did learn how to cast like a pro and loved learning about fish, worms, turtles and birds!

Tags: 


  1. Jason Haney Jr., Youth Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2014 | Permalink

Surf Fishing in OC

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

While on vacation in Ocean City I was surf fishing, and caught this nice Smooth Dogfish Shark using Bloodworm Fishbites. After a few pictures it was returned for to be caught on another day.

Tags: Smooth Dogfish


  1. John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 46
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Summertime on the Potomac

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Potomac River

Charlie Dolan, a life long friend from Colorado, came into town to visit family and of course catch a few fish. We hit the river early and late as the fish are generally more active under low light conditions during the summer; the mid-day hours can be brutally hot in a boat. Charlie caught the largest smallmouth of the trip on a topwater bait. After catching some bass, we switched gears and targeted Walleye around deep ledges with current and found the action to be better than expected. Although my partner may have been picturing a sizzling skillet, these trophy-sized Walleye were released to fight another day. There is no better way to spend time with friends than a good fishing trip. Im looking forward to many more!

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Walleye


  1. Jon Griffiths, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Team Effort Landed Trophy Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Montgomery County Farm Pond

Here is a picture of a trophy bass I caught with my son, Ryan (7) this past weekend. We are both from Gaithersburg, MD and were fishing a farm pond in Montgomery County, MD together. Ryan saw the bobber shoot under and we both raced for the rod. Ryan wanted to reel it in on his own and managed to get the bass close enough for me to land. We were both so excited, high fives the rest of the night. He earned his milkshake on the way home. The bass was estimated at 23 inches, over 6 pounds. The fish was safely released.

Tags: Largemouth Bass

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