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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. Eric Goudy, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Fishing off Poplar Island

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Poplar Island

My wife Becky and I caught these big guys in 17í of water off the south end of Poplar Island on Tuesday, September 23rd. We found a few spot in Herring Bay and decided to run up to the Hill. On the way there, we saw some breaking fish. Caught a couple of smaller fish on top and I decided to toss in some spot, sure glad we did, didnít expect to find this. Looks like some bigger fish are moving into the area.

Tags: striped bass, spot


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Western MD Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Western MD Stream

I caught these 5 rainbow trouts in a small stream in western MD on Sunday.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Brian Hagerty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Hungry Bluefish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

This hungry devil was too greedy. Caught on the lower Potomac Saturday 9/20/14 trolling silver spoons.

Tags: bluefish


  1. Jeff Heineken, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Fishing is On

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Just south of Thomas Point Lighthouse

I caught this 31 inch rock while trolling Clark spoons and number 2 planers. I spent most of the day catching blues which was a lot of fun as well. Beautiful weather with little wind.

Tags: striped bass, bluefish


  1. JM Chsse, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Gar

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I caught this 33 inch gar at Colonial Beach, Va. Give us some love, it's still the Potomac River.

Tags: gar


  1. David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
  2. Port Republic, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Lunchtime Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: NAS Patuxent River

I caught this snakehead fishing during my lunch break on NAS Patuxent River.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Alexander C. Roland, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Spesutie Island Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Spesutie Island

Caught this nice bass near Spesutie Island. It was hanging under a local dock pouncing on this year's juvenile Striped Bass. I noticed several other LM bass doing the same thing.

Please note that I spotted a snakehead floating dead near the docks at 39.480462 North, 76.106205 West. It was out of reach. I have been fishing over 30 years and can ID species, so I am quite certain what it was. It had distinctive black and white markings, the long (Blenny-like) soft dorsal and anal fins, as well as the characteristic head and black eyes. Disappointed to see one this far north, even dead.

DNR Response: Without a photograph we cannot confirm it was a snakehead. In April 2011 there was a report of a snakehead caught in the Northeast River.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead


  1. Nicholas Pirchio, Youth Angler
  2. Owings, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

My First Spanish Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

On Friday evening, ten year old Nicholas from Owings, Maryland landed this 20 inch Spanish mackerel. This was his first Spanish mackerel ever caught and was the first of two boated that evening, along with a number of bluefish. We were trolling the ledge just off Chesapeake Beach using #1 and #2 planers with spoons. There were numerous schools of shad and bay anchovies active that evening that we found by looking for the diving birds. After trolling for a couple hours, we broke out the light-action poles and cast into the bait fish schools with lures nabbing several Bluefish. A great time was had that evening!

Tags: Spanish mackerel, bluefish, shad, bay anchovies


  1. David Sohns, Recreational Angler
  2. Arbutus, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

Magothy Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy River

Great morning on the Magothy. Four keeper rockfish over 20 inches shown here. Also got a few nice pickerel (see picture.) All rockfish caught at dawn fishing rip rap and rock points using soft plastics.

Tags: chain pickerel, striped bass


  1. Michael Glover, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 24, 2014 | Permalink

West River Hogchoker

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South Creek off of West River

We found this in the crab pot off of the dock Sunday morning in Shady Side (South Creek ) off of West River. It looks like a small flounder, but I didnít think that flounder would come up the bay this far?

DNR Response:That is a hogchoker which is a common flatfish in the tidal estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. They are a "right handed" flatfish because their eyes and mouth are on their right side. They do not grow to be much more than 8" or so. They got their name because early farmers used to feed them to their hogs and apparently they were hard for the hogs to swallow because of their rasp like scales and rigid bodies.

Tags: hogchoker

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