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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. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on March 3, 2015 | Permalink

Hooked on Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Lake Habeeb, RockyGap State Park

My cousin Mckenzie fished with me and my Dad at Lake Habeeb recently, she caught 5 trout and I caught 5 trout. This was my cousins first time ice fishing and we were lucky to find a trout honey hole. Dad spent his time helping us out and we realy enjoyed catching the fish together, I think McKenzie is now hooked on ice fishing.

Tags: rainbow trout, ice fishing


  1. Ryder Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on March 3, 2015 | Permalink

Anxious for Spring

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: St Mary's County

Ryder caught this last fall and is now looking forward to catching lots of fish this spring. Only a couple of weeks away so look forward to lots of pics this year by boat and pier.

Tags: catfish


  1. Kenny Wampler, Fisheries Service
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on February 26, 2015 | Permalink

Ice Fishing the Savage Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage Reservoir

For a change of scenery this ice fishing season, myself along with fisheries biologist’s Alan Klotz and Matt Sell decided to head to the Savage Reservoir to see what we could bring up from the depths. We were greeted with around 14 inches of good ice with a few inches of snow cover on top that came in handy as we were running from one tip-up to another. The fish didn’t need too much persuasion to bite, after setting out my first tip-up for the day the flag popped before I could even walk away to set the second and this fast action continued for most of the trip. Various jigs with maggots and tip-ups with a fathead were both producers throughout the day brining plenty of perch and a trout to the ice. The savage is not necessarily known for large jumbo perch like the ones of near by Deep Creek Lake; but this is made up for with a lot of action, large numbers of fish, and still being able to catch sizable fish to keep for the dinner table. For anyone looking to get into the sport of ice fishing, or someone like myself that was wanting a change, I highly recommend giving the Savage Reservoir a try.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Ice Fishing


  1. Lorenzo Sanz, Youth Angler
  2. Glen Arm, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Looking Forward to Spring

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir

Spent time today at the Loch Raven Reservoir with my dad. The Loch Raven Reservoir was a bit frozen and I tried to cast past the ice and it was difficult. I am looking forward to the warm weather and great fishing time again.

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  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Gunpowder Yellow Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

We fished today, 2/21/2015 in the morning on the Gunpowder River in Joppa. It was slow. We used minnows and shad darts. We only caught about 10 yellow perch total. My 15 year old son Dan caught this yellow perch.

Tags: Yellow Perch


  1. Kevin Harris, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 20, 2015 | Permalink

Team Work Caught This Award Size Fish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Kevin Harris & Phil Warnick caught this 38 inch Northern Pike while ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake on 2/8/15.

Tags: northern pike, ice fishing


  1. Song Lee, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 19, 2015 | Permalink

Fletchers Blue Cat

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Caught what I believe to be a blue catfish on cut bait at Potomac River - Fletcher's Cove. 43 pounds! Fed the whole family with this cat!

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 26
  4. View all reports by Ethan Fike →

Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Jumbo Perch at Deep Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Deep Creek Lake

Dad and I ice fished at Deep Creek Lake on Saturday and caught 10 nice perch. Most were between 10 to 13 inches but we got two jumbos. Dads was 14 inches and mine was a little over 14 inches.

Tags: Yellow Perch, Ice Fishing


  1. Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 20
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Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Hooked a Few Sluggish Flatheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

My friend Jeff and I decided to take advantage of a warm February day and do some fishing. We set out for yellow perch and crappie but noticed huge schools of shad suspended with large fish underneath them. We dropped some “metal” down there and managed to hook a few of these sluggish flatheads. My largest of the day was 46 inches X 26 inches, estimated weight at 54 lbs. It was a great day on the Potomac despite some ice.

Tags: Flathead Catfish


  1. Roger Williams, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on February 11, 2015 | Permalink

Cats on the Potomac

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Fished the Potomac River, in Dickerson, Maryland. No fish at the power plant spillway. Walked a mile downstream of spillway. Caught 2 catfish, one was 10 inches and my friend caught a 14 inch blue cat. Nice day on the water.

DNR Response: Inland Fisheries has not documented blue catfish in the nontidal portion of the Potomac River. Young channel catfish and blue catfish can look very similar. The most reliable characteristic to look for to tell them apart is the anal fin. The anal fin on channel catfish has a rounded edge and is shorter (25 - 30 rays) whereas the anal fin on blue catfish is much longer (30 - 36 rays) with a straight edge.

We encourage fishermen that catch a fish they can't identify to take several pictures of it with their phone and send them to us for identification. Most of the popular gamefish can be identified from a good photo.

Tags: Catfish

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