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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. Jim Horwath, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Award Size Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Gunpowder

Here are some pictures of my trout. I caught it in the Little Gunpowder on April 8, 2015. It was 25 inches long and weighed 9 pounds!! Thanks for stocking this awesome fish for me to catch!!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing With My Wife at Piney Run

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Stream

Bought my wife a license and trout stamp and convinced her to go to the stream. She caught her first ever rainbow trout. I added 2 more. We fished from about 6:00pm-7:30pm. 2 of the 3 fish seemed a little banged up and pale but still tasted just fine. Piney Run stream sees a lot of pressure that first weekend so probably not the first hook they've seen.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Eduardo Marte, Recreational Angler
  2. Middle River, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Gunpowder Falls

I truly missed the opening of trout fishing in Maryland last week but not the excitement. I caught these four rainbow trout today, April 7th at the Little Gunpowder Falls below the bridge of Jerusalem road. Thanks for all your effort in stocking these fish.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Jeremiah Robinson, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Native Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Fishing Creek

Hooked into some rainbows this past Saturday at Fishing Creek, this little guy couldn’t resist joining the action. I love catching these natives, they have the coolest patterns.

Tags: brook trout, rainbow trout


  1. Chris Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Opening Day Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run Stream

Got to my spot about 4:15am March 28th for the end of the closure period. By 4:20am others were already showing up at the stream. I dropped my line in at 5:30am and had a limit by 7:00am. Stream was packed with other fishermen by the time I left. A few flurries and a great day!

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Carson Mayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on April 8, 2015 | Permalink

Fun Day at Big Elk Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: Big Elk Creek

I went out fishing on Wednesday, April 1st at Big Elk Creek. The weather was awesome and despite a slow start, I managed to get two average sized rainbows, plus a midsize 16" rainbow.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. Malachia Evans, Recreational Angler
  2. Terra Alta, WV
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Awesome Brook Trout on the Upper Savage

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Mainstem of the Upper Savage River

Went fly fishing on the Upper Savage April 3rd with my boyfriend Ryan Cooper and hooked into my personal best brook trout at 12.5 inches. This beast of a brookie was an awesome fight on the 3 wt rod I was using.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Alan Englebrecht, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick MD
  3. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on April 7, 2015 | Permalink

Carroll Creek Trout and a Surprise

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Carroll Creek

I took my son to fish Carroll Creek Thursday afternoon and he hooked into several trout but only was able to land one. He was using a bright yellow Joe's Fly on a spinning reel with mono. When I later went to clean the trout (sorry for the sloppy cut, I was short on time) however the stomach was LOADED with corn. DNR could you advise if they are fed corn before stocking or is someone chumming the creek?

For those anglers who are unaware Carroll Creek is restricted to the youth and the blind and the DNR does a great job providing quality trout for the kids to catch. Thanks again DNR!

DNR Response: It has long been a practice by some put and take trout fishermen to use canned corn for bait or to chum with canned corn as an attractant for trout. The practice of using it for bait has diminished greatly with the advent of the dough like Powerbait for trout bait but some fishermen still chum with corn. The trout hatcheries do not feed the trout they raise with corn at any time.

Tags: rainbow trout


  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: 9
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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

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