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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.state.md.us. 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 a 2013 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. Christopher Wilkins, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 30, 2013 | Permalink

What Are these Bumps?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

My son and I were fishing at the McKeldin area in Marrotsville. We got this trout and it has weird raised bumps on the head. Could you possibly let me know what this is?

DNR Response: You caught a male River Chub exhibiting nuptial tubercles, which are small conical protuberances on the surface of the fish’s snout. Nuptial tubercles primarily function to facilitate contact between individuals for breeding.

Tags: River Chub


  1. Derek Lockard, Recreational Angler
  2. Ridgeley, WV
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 29, 2013 | Permalink

Award Size Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Westernport, MD

Derek caught this 22.75 Rainbow Trout on 7/25/2013 at Westernport, MD.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Dany Dominguez, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 17, 2013 | Permalink

Croaker Surprise

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Middle Bay
Location: Honga River

I was fishing with my dad for Croakers on the Fishing Creek Bridge over the Honga River on Friday night 7/12/13 . We were catching small sized Croakers, around 10 inch to 13 inches. We were fishing with soft crab and shrimp, so my dad caught a small Spot and he cut it in half and tried for a other kind of fish and suddenly he had a big bite. It bent the rod, he thought it was a stingray but he said no it’s a trout and I said it's to big, but when he landed it, he was right it was a 27 inch Spotted Seatrout. What a big surprise!!! Thanks DAD for Fishing with me…

Tags: Croaker, Spotted Seatrout, Spot


  1. Daniel Walsh, Recreational Angler
  2. Falls Church, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 2, 2013 | Permalink

Sharps Island Light Citation Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Middle Bay
Location: Sharps Island Light

This Spotted Seatrout is 9.4 lbs and 29 inches long! It was caught on The Bay Lady with Captain Richard Grimes at Sharps Island Light.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout


  1. Michael Rosa, Recreational Angler
  2. Olney, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 1, 2013 | Permalink

Catch and Release Seatrout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Honga River

I caught and released this 25 inch Spotted Seatrout on the Honga River.

Tags: Spotted Seatrout, Speckled Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink

Bluegill fishing at Pleasant Valley Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Pleasant Valley Lake

Dry fly fishing for Bluegills in Pleasant Valley Lake at the 4-H Center in Bittinger, MD has been fantastic during the last couple of weeks. My niece Stephanie was visiting from out of state to help out with our Brook Trout studies and asked "What is fly-fishing?" She was soon to find out that evening at the lake, after some brief instructions - she made a nice cast and caught a decent Bluegill on her very first try! She and cousin Kyle caught several nice Bluegills on elk-hair caddis, and these fish put up quite a fight when hooked on the fly-rod.

Pictured is 1) Stephanie with her first Bluegill 2) Kyle with one of his Bluegills 3) and a typical Pleasant Valley Lake Bluegill.

Tags: Bluegill


  1. Mike Miller, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink

PIG Liberty Reservoir Smallie

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Fishing the other day 6/25/2013 around 7:30PM in Liberty Reservoir from my kayak, throwing big topwaters. This guy came up and absolutely crushed my floating 8" freestyle trout lure. I wish I had remembered to turn my GoPro ON.....AHHHH, always next time. I don't have a scale yet but he was well over 4+lbs and around 20" in length. The lure I was using was 8" long so you can get a good Idea of how big he was. Wish you could of heard the SMACK when he crushed the lure and went airborne. Sorry, I can't tell if its a male or female . You can see a pretty distinct hump in it's back from the gopro screen shot. Next time I will have a scale to verify the weight. I'm gunning for that seriously dated record of 8lbs... wish I could find a picture of that fish, I almost dont believe it. Thanks, Mike

Tags: Smallmouth Bass


  1. Steve Weiss, Recreational Angler
  2. Baltimore
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 24, 2013 | Permalink

Speckled Trout Hook Up

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern Shore
Location: Bishops Head

Steve caught this nice 25" spotted seatrout over the weekend while fishing with his friend.

Tags: Speckled Seatrout, Spotted Seatrout


  1. Autumn Cornachia, Youth Angler
  2. Ridgeley, WV
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 21, 2013 | Permalink

Success! Trout Fishing With Dad

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Little Wills Creek

I caught the fish in PA at Little Wills Creek, about 10 mins away from Jennings Run in Maryland.I spent the day fishing with my dad Mike Cornachia. I love trout fishing and enjoy spending time on the streams with my dad. I have fished with my dad since I was a little girl and this was the biggest trout I have ever caught.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on June 19, 2013 | Permalink

Fishing Report From The North Branch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River

Here are a few pictures of fish waiting to be caught in the North Branch Potomac River's Zero Creel Limit Trout Fishing Area and the overlapping Black Bass Catch and Return Fishing Area from the McCoole Fisheries Management Area downstream five miles to the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area at Black Oak, and then downstream another 9 miles to the Pinto Area. Both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout were found in these sections of the river, however at lower abundance levels compared to upstream areas (Westernport to McCoole). Trout were found in the faster runs and the very deep pools. A lot of scrappy Smallmouth Bass averaging about 6 to 10 inches were collected, however we did not collect a lot of quality-sized bass. The abundance of the smaller bass should bode well for the future. We observed good numbers of Fallfish - a large minnow species, so anglers can expect to catch a bunch of these fish that fight just like a trout. There are public access sites at the McCoole Fisheries Management Area and downstream at the Gary Yoder Fisheries Management Area. The Pinto area currently has no public access, so permission from private property owners needs to be secured before accessing the river at this location. Also, there are some boulder-strewn runs - especially between McCoole and Black Oak, so canoeist should use caution in this section of the river.

Pictured is Fisheries Technician Jon Folk with 1) Smallmouth Bass 2) Brown Trout 3) Rainbow Trout 4) Fallfish

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Fallfish

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