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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. Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 17
  3. View all reports by Robert Bruce →

Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Big Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Here are a few pictures of some recent Blue Catfish that we’ve caught on the Potomac River. The largest pictured was 66 pounds. LARGE pieces of fresh cut-bait is the key to catching the bigger fish. I also nabbed my largest Channel Catfish ever……..16lbs.

Thanks for all of the great information on your site!

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish


  1. Daniel, Recreational Angler
  2. Germantown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Rare Catch, Tilapia!

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

Back in June I snagged this Tilapia out of the C&O canal at Pennyfield right by the lock. It took me 2 attempts (hooked pulled out on shore the first attempt) to land it. I snagged it only because I knew what it was and clearly Tilapia aren't native to MD (or the U.S.?). I like the taste of tilapia so I took it home and ate it. A friend has recently informed me he has seen one in a lake by my house. Even sent me a picture! Hopefully I can catch that one too and send a picture.

Tags: Tilapia


  1. Roberto Leiva, Recreational Angler
  2. Riverdale, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Caught My First Rockfish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Went fishing Friday evening near the Sharps Island Lighthouse aboard the Dirty Dog with Capt. Bermudez. Could not have asked for a better night. We caught many bluefish, croaker and a few rockfish. This was my first rockfish. It was 20 inches. I can’t wait to head out with Capt. Bermudez again. That’s me in the photo with my Redskins shirt.

Tags: Striped Bass


  1. Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
  2. Dundalk
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Bite Best After Sunset

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River

I caught this 19" Channel Catfish in the Susquehanna River, near the Conowingo Dam. While using nightcrawlers for bait on an ultra light rig, I was able to catch and release a few small Channel Catfish, rockfish, and White Perch. The "bite" was best around sunset. Tight lines!

Tags: Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, White Perch


  1. Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
  2. Elkridge, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Lost Lake Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lost Lake

My 1st bass on my new finesse rod at Lost Lake, wacky style.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Mike Hoffman, Recreational Angler
  2. Mechanicsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River (near Ft. Washington)

Caught a mess of Blue Catfish, including these two beauties near Ft. Washington. Both fish were 41” with the biggest having a girth of 28”! I hate to see people kill such a giant fish, but understand why it’s better to do so. If you’re not going to eat a fish this size, here’s my suggestion: fillet them, cut them into chunks and freeze them. Treat your dog(s) and or cat(s) to something delicious! I give it to them raw. A way better alternative to letting them rot in the trash.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Andrew Ashby, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 9
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge Reservoir Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rocky Gorge Reservoir

My friend and I hit Rocky Gorge Reservoir for a few hours on the morning of Sunday, August 17th. We caught these two Largemouth Bass, the first was caught in about 8 foot of water on a shaky head worm and the second took a spinner bait thrown over a downed tree. Fish were in the 3lb range.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. Manfred Zapka, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 22, 2014 | Permalink

Award Size Perch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Magothy River

13.5 inch White Perch caught by Manfred Zapka in Magothy River on 8/18/2014.

Tags: White Perch


  1. Jason Ellis, Recreational Angler
  2. Sykesville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Having a Blast Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay

On July 31, 2014 we had the distinct pleasure of accompanying two Maryland DNR Biologists (Eric and Amy) aboard "Loosen Up" for one of the last Diamond Jim tagging expeditions. Let's just say that this was probably the best fishing day of my life. We started out by meeting in Deale, MD where we met Captain Frank and First Mate Chris along with Eric and Amy. We set out to first catch some bait fish - Spot. These fish proved to be extremely elusive as we only caught one. Thank goodness that Captain Frank had some in the bait tank. We left from attempting to catch the spot to the fishing grounds. As soon as we arrived there were boats all around us and the fishing experience commenced.

My family (My wife, My Mother, My Father, my 12 year old son Alex, my 9 year old son Nick, my 8 year old daughter Cheyenne and my 6 year old son Ryan) began fishing right away. Captain Frank said, " if you haven’t gotten a bite within 2 minutes then something is wrong and reel up your bait." I was thinking yeah right. Holy Cow he wasn’t kidding, My daughter Cheyenne started things off with a striper measuring 20". Now it was time for Eric and Amy to go to work. Watching them measure the fish, record it, slice a small slit in the side of the fish, place the tag in the opening and back in the water goes the potential $25,000 fish. Cheyenne again landed another striper this one measuring over 20" and again the process started over. In total we landed 36 stripers and numerous blue's. Eric and Amy were able to tag 24 stripers for the competition. The other stripers all over the 18" legal size limit were kept due to not being able to be tagged because of deep hook in the gut. So we were able to bring those fish home and they were delicious.

This was an incredible experience and Thanks to Captain Frank and Chris for an awesome time fishing and to Eric and Amy for their knowledge and information throughout the day. If we could have only caught more bait fish we could have landed a ton more stripers. But we ran out of bait and the kids were done so kudos to DNR for a wonderful day of fishing.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Diamond Jim Tagging


  1. Tristen Pattisall, Youth Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Permalink

Young Avid Fisherman

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Private pond

All caught in private ponds in Harford County except the Flounder (Ocean City, MD). Tristen is an avid fisherman. He doesn't miss a single opportunity to fish and has had thousands of catch and released fish in his 12 years on this earth.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Flounder

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