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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.

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. Shawn Cherry, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

Pooles Island Cats

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Pooles Island

Fishing Pooles Island for catfish - great day!!!!

Tags: catfish


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, MD
  3. Total Reports: 37
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

School of Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out Saturday 7-31-15 and shot some snakehead fish with my bow on the Potomac River. I also saw 3 different schools of snakehead babies. Two of them had no parent fish around and were in the wide open as you can see in the picture. The last school I saw did have a fish with them and that fish went home with me.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Zeljko Koretic, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Kenwood Boys Take Home First Place

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Elk Neck State Park

Once again Ivan Koretic and Logan Kuhrmann had a great experience fishing the The Bass Federation (TBF) High School State Championship on the upper bay on 7-25-15. Fishing was tough due to dirty waters but we still managed to find a few solid fish to bring home first place for Kenwood Highschool in Baltimore County! Fish wouldn't hit top water in the early morning so we regrouped and decided pitching docks would be our best bet in the 93 bright sunny blue bird day, and it was.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Tim Hockensmith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

July Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central and Western
Location: Taylors Landings, Black Hills, Dam 4

Except for the musky, all these fish were caught in July.

  • Taylors Landing - 17inch, 2.75 lb largemouth
  • Black Hills Laremouth Bass.
  • Walleye - Dam 4, 26 inch, 5lbs.

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  1. Todd Bond, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Catch and Release Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge

Fished Rocky Gorge the afternoon of 7/31/15. One of the pictured bass was caught on a bucktail jig, and one was caught on a Berkley powerbait swim shad. Didn't weigh them before releasing, but I estimate one was 4lb and the other closer to 5lb.

Tags: largemouth bass


  1. Zac Coombs, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bass Hitting White Plastics, Tubes and Grubs

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy

Small and largemouth bass hitting white plastics, tubes and grubs. Little Seneca Lake and Monocacy. Also caught a few keeper walleye out of the Monocacy!

Tags: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 27
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Bush River Channel Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bush River

I caught this 26 inch channel catfish August 1st in the Bush River on cut bait (sucker).

Tags: channel catfish


  1. Brian Krolak, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

C&O Canal Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: C&O Canal

Caught this largemouth bass on the C&O Canal near Blockhouse Point on a white jig head with a yellow plastic minnow. Saw a 24" snakehead but was not able to catch it. Saw several snakehead fry at Violets Lock.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead


  1. Sean Allen Sr., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

Good Action in the Upper Bay Area

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Bear Creek, Dundee Creek, Bird River

So this past week the bay has been crazy good for me. I caught this 10 pound 27 inch channel cat in Bear Creek on a black marabou jig. I caught this 5.9 lb largemouth off the bank of Dundee Creek using a Texas rigged Berkley chigger craw, and I caught this 5.1 lb on Bird River using a squarebill crankbait. What a great time! All were carefully handled measured pictured and let go healthy to catch another day! Everyone can follow my catches on instagram! @chesapeake_assassin

Tags: largemouth bass, channel catfish


  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 50
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Posted on July 31, 2015 | Permalink

First Confirmed Report of Snakehead Reaching the Upper Chesapeake Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats

While surveying for largemouth bass on 7/30, the Tidal Bass Program caught this northern snakehead in a small cove of the Susquehanna Flats. This is the first confirmed report of a snakehead reaching the upper Chesapeake Bay. On the western shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, the species has been caught in Potomac River, Patuxent River, Rhode River, and Patapsco River. The fish was skinny, a male, and had nothing in its gut. It was caught in a thick patch of Hydrilla. Earlier this week, MD DNR also received a report from an angler who had caught another snakehead in this area. People who capture snakeheads are encouraged to harvest the animal to slow their spread and minimize their impact to Maryland's natural resources. It is not certain whether the species is reproducing in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: northern snakehead

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