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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. Derek R. Morgan, Sr, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Derek R. Morgan, Sr →

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

13 Inch Lake Frank Crappie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Frank

Just caught this 13" crappie at Lake Frank in Rockville, Md. It was around 8:30am on 9/15/14 using an artificial minnow.

Tags: Crappie


  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Potomac
  3. Total Reports: 21
  4. View all reports by Smiley Hsu →

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Another fun day on the tidal Potomac. Caught a mix of Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Blue Catfish, about 15 fish in all. Today, the fish were liking a 1/4 oz War Eagle tandem blade spinner bait along the grass edges. I had to get very close, and occasionally bump the grass in order to get bit. I mostly use cut bait to catch blue cats, but today they were clobbering the spinner bait.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. William Flint, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by William Flint →

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Fun Hour Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Culler Lake within Baker Park

Decided to get a little bit of fishing in and I was welcomed with these three largemouth bass which hit three different Rapala lures in Firetiger. The big one was over 3 lbs. Look to catch more from this lake and try for the so called catfish and carp that swim there.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Vannak Heng, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, Md
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by Vannak Heng →

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Sun's out and Rocks out

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: the Bay

Booked a full day fishing trip for two on Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing, LLC. I had nominated Samuth Keo/ Charlie Browne for the ALS challenge and invited them to come join me out on the bay. We hit our maximum of striped bass within 2 hrs of our trip. So, we had 5 hrs left, we started trolling for blues, which we didn't have much luck at all. But at the end of the day everyone went home happy. Hope to get back on the Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing Charters before the season comes to an end.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish


  1. Michelle Herren, Recreational Angler
  2. Sparrow Point, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Michelle Herren →

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Perch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Hart-Miller Island

Here is a picture of the 14.5 inch white perch I caught on 9/17/2014 at Hart-Miller Island and registered at the Bluefin Tackle shop.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Cindy Demond, Recreational Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Cindy Demond →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Follow the Birds to the Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Off Carpenters Point

Cindy caught these rockfish off Carpenters Point on the edge of the Susquehanna Flats in 4-5 feet of water. She was fishing on the Snookers Baybee, a 1986 17' Boston Whaler. The fish were 25 and 20 inches. We caught 12 in less than 1 hour and had 4 keepers. The birds showed us the fish!

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. David Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
  4. View all reports by David Brown →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Conowingo Cats!

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam

Headed out on my boat around 6:15 am and watched the sun come up and the fish jump. Caught several channel cats using chicken livers and a flathead using a white perch we caught and used for cut bait. Several big ones managed to get away. The water temp feels pretty warm compared to the air temps. It was a great day of fishing.

Tags: Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Invasive


  1. Joe Perret, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Joe Perret →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Harris Mud Crab

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge

We caught a nice bunch of white perch under the Bay Bridge today. While cleaning them, I found this little crab – still alive – in the mouth of one of the perch. The whole crab, legs and all could have been covered by a nickel.

Is this what a juvenile Blue Crab looks like, or are there other species of crab in the bay?

DNR Response: It is a Harris mud crab, they are small crabs that live on oyster reefs, muddy bottoms, marshes etc.

Tags: White Perch, Harris Mud Crab


  1. Rob Kline, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Rob Kline →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Chester River Crabs

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chester River

30 traps and 4 hours out of Bogle’s on the Chester River.

Tags: Blue Crab


  1. Stephen VanBellen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Stephen VanBellen →

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Bay Bluefish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Eastern Bay

I caught this 16" bluefish Friday night right at dusk off of fresh alewife.

Tags: Bluefish

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