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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 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. Brian N, Recreational Angler
  2. Perry Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Easter Trout Fishing Was Slow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Forest Hill Pond

Easter Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day and decided to go up to Forest Hill Pond for some trout. Trout were a little slow, but this was a good one. The bluegill were hammering just about anything thrown in the water so that makes up a little for the slow trout. They didn’t have much size to them, but still fun none the less.

Tags: rainbow trout, bluegill


  1. Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on April 6, 2015 | Permalink

Carroll Creek Trout Madness!

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Carroll Creek

Over the last few days I took my son back to Carroll Creek for the trout fishing and wow did the DNR do a great job as always. He limited out both Friday and Saturday and a friend of his asked us to come meet them at the creek on Easter Sunday and after a heart stopping struggle (where Dad was praying the line and hook would hold) he finally snagged this BEAST of a Golden Rainbow Trout. The big goldie was 3lbs, 14 oz and was 20.5 inches long, 12 and 1/2 inches around and about 5 or so inches tall. The photos below are of different days. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Question to the DNR: Since it was Easter it seemed that the local check in place that I knew of “Fox’s” appeared to be closed for the holiday. Is there any way to check if this was a citation fish my son caught post fillet? I included measurement photos as proof but I do understand if it needed to be intact when checked. My son and I would like to thank the DNR for doing a great job stocking Carroll Creek for the youth (and blind) as always. For those anglers unaware Carroll Creek is a special designated Youth (under 16) and Blind only area. Great place to get our youth into fishing.

DNR Response: Angler Award size for trout is 20 inches. If you have a photo showing the entire fish and the tape measure you can take that photo to an Award Center to register the fish. Lay the fish on a tape measure or ruler to photograph so that the species and size can be verified. To register the catch the angler must bring a clear photo showing fish and length to an Angler Award center. Digital photos are acceptable.

Tags: rainbow trout, golden rainbow trout


  1. Aaron Mullis, Recreational Angler
  2. Odenton
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 6, 2015 | Permalink

Big Trout on the Little Patuxent

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Patuxent

On April 4th I caught this rainbow trout in the Little Patuxent . It was 27 inches, 10lbs 2 oz.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Mac McIlrath, Recreational Angler
  2. Thurmont
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 6, 2015 | Permalink

Hybrid Trout?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

My nephew Ethan Fink caught this trout March 31 on Owens Creek is this a brown/rainbow hybrid?

DNR Response: It is a rainbow trout. We observed a number of rainbows with a distinct yellowish color while stocking. Up in that area we occasionally see tiger trout (instream cross between brown and brook trout), but this is a rainbow that was simply lighter in color. We stock golden trout that are a color phase of a rainbow instead of a separate species (like the Californai Golden trout), but they tend to be goldfish orange instead of this color.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Branson Williams, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Governor's Bridge Pond Trout Stocking

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Governor's Bridge Pond

MDNR biologists recently stocked 300 rainbow trout into Governor's Bridge Pond, a MD-NCPPC pond located in Bowie, MD. A utility vehicle and cattle tank was used because the trout truck can't easily access the pond.

A total of 600 trout were stocked this year, the first year that Governor's Bridge Pond has been a part of the put-and-take trout fishery. The pond feels somewhat remote, and offers a unique fishing opportunity in southern MD. So far there seem to be a few happy anglers, and we encourage others to take part. Keep in mind that there is a two fish limit per angler, so there are plenty of fish to go around.

Tags: trout stocking


  1. Steven Snyder, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Trout Fishing in Cecil County

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: Rising Sun Pond, Fairhill NRC, Principio Creek

With all this silly weather up here in Cecil County, one day in shorts and opening day in the snow 13 yr old Steven is catching trout every where.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Tim Bready, Recreational Angler
  2. Hughesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Nice Sized Rainbow in Hughesville

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Hughesville Pond

Wednesday afternoon March 28 while fishing the Hughesville Pond I set the hook and surprise! Here is a picture of what was at the end of the line. A 24.75 inch, 8 pound, 15.75 inch girth rainbow trout. Thank you MD DNR stocking program.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Zeljko Koretic, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Good Looking Golden

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Patapsco River

This golden rainbow trout was caught from the Patapsco River. It was 19.5 inches and 4 lbs.

Tags: golden rainbow trout


  1. John Wilson, Recreational Angler
  2. Finksburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Morgan Run Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Morgan Run

I caught this nice brown trout at Morgan Run in Carroll County Maryland. I caught it using a red spinner with a copper blade on an ultralight with 4 pound line. It was my biggest brown trout caught on April 1st.

Tags: brown trout


  1. Montana Grant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on April 3, 2015 | Permalink

Gwynn Falls Trout Putting Up a Fight

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gwynns Falls

I fished the Gwynns Falls Monday and had a great time. Plenty of trout and very few fishermen. Saw a herd of deer cross where I was fishing. I also caught this 20 inch golden rainbow trout. He fought like crazy and I was as excited as if it were my first trout. Thanks for stocking such great fish! Tight lines.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout

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