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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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. Wyatt Hall, Youth Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 8
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Neighborhood Fishing Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

Wyatt was in a neighborhood fishing tournament with his brother Ryder and caught a nice size spot or croaker, it did croak at me so I'm not sure.

DNR Response: Wyatt caught a spot. The quickest way to distinguish the two species is the tail. Spot have a traditional forked tail while Atlantic croaker does not. In addition, spot have a dark circle just behind the gill while croakers do not.

Tags: spot

  1. Wesley Hughes, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead, Nothing Else

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tyaskin Creek

Still catching snakehead nothing else. 17 inches in Tyaskin Creek.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Kayak Run Potomac River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Upper Potomac

Last Sunday some friends and I did a kayak run from Brunswick MD down to Point Of Rocks. While I was not fishing the water was super clear and the levels were waist to chest high making it very easy to see the bottom and to see several fish along the way including large catfish and some largemouth bass. This would be a good area to fish from John boats, canoes and kayaks. I did manage to get a good shot of a Bald Eagle from my kayak from about 50 yards away.

Tags: bale eagle, catfish, largemouth bass

  1. Ron Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Centreville
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Smithville Variety

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Smithville Lake

My brother in law and I took a trip to Smithville Lake on Sunday, September 20, 2015. We arrived and launched our small (10’) boat powered by electric motor and were fishing by 7:45 AM. We were fishing a small (1/16 – 1/32 ounce) jig under a foam bobber. One rod each was tipped with a minnow and one rod each was tipped with a gulp alive 2 ˝ chartreuse artificial minnow. The artificial bait outperformed the live by about a 3-1 ratio. We had a fantastic day boating 69 Crappies, 2 Bluegills, 2 Chain Pickerel, a small Largemouth Bass and a Catfish. Many of the Crappies were over a foot long! The attached picture is of my brother in law, John Jacob (of Pasadena, Maryland) with one of the many slab Crappies caught that day.

Tags: crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, catfish

  1. Amanda Murphy, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 28, 2015 | Permalink

Barnum Beauty

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac

Amanda caught a beautiful rainbow on the Upper Potomac at Barnum.

Tags: rainbow trout

  1. Jim Livingston, Recreational Angler
  2. Churchton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 23
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Posted on September 25, 2015 | Permalink

Blue Crab Not So Blue

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West/Rhode River

Caught this one Tuesday night! Is this a normal thing? Just wondering First time ever catching one looking like that!

DNR Response: The crab in your picture has Chitinoclastic disease which is commonly called Brown Spot or Burn Spot disease due to the unsightly legions on the shell. This condition is fairly common and is caused by a type of bacteria that attacks a compound found in the shell called chitin. There is not known to be any harmful effects to humans from consuming these crabs, although the disease certainly makes them look unappetizing.

Tags: blue crab

  1. Jeffrey Socha, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on September 25, 2015 | Permalink

Smallmouth On Rebel Crawfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Monocacy

Had some time last night after work before the sun went down so I rode my bike down the trail to my spot about 1.5 mile from Riverbend boat ramp off Monocacy Blvd. and caught this nice 12" smallmouth on a Rebel D76 Crawfish.

Tags: smallmouth bass

  1. Jeff Kraus, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 25, 2015 | Permalink

O.C. Gag Grouper

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Down the beach, was too windy to surf fish, so I fished at 4th street. Caught a mess of fish including a bunch of these, not sure what it is, looks like a cross between a tog and a seabass, and has a pretty nice set of teeth. Any ideas?

DNR Response: You caught a gag grouper. Gag are found in the western Atlantic, primarily form North Carolina to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, but juveniles are found as far north as Massachusetts. Young gag live in estuaries in “structured” habitats (seagrass beds, oyster reefs, shipwrecks, etc.).

Tags: gag grouper

  1. 123 Fishing Rigs, Recreational Angler
  2. Fort Washington, MD
  3. Total Reports: 14
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Posted on September 25, 2015 | Permalink

Bottom Fishing on St. Jerome

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: St. Jerome Creek

Fished on the evening of 9/14 out of St. Jerome Creek. Here are two of the fish we caught and released while bottom fishing. Also caught and released bluefish and sea mullet.

Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, black drum, bluefish, sea mullet

  1. Letha Grimes, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 31
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Posted on September 23, 2015 | Permalink

Elkton Youth Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Howard's Pond

Maryland DNR Fisheries Service and the Town of Elkton teamed up to host a Youth Fishing Event on Saturday Sept 19 at Howard's Pond.

Approximately 25 youth, many first timers, attended this event to learn the basics of fishing. Several educational stations were set up to teach the kids (and parents) fish identification, preferred habitat, safe casting, and fish handling and conservation. Maryland BASS Nation volunteers taught proper rod rigging, knot tying and tackle selection. All youth participated in the stations before beginning to fish. The pond was stocked with hybrid sunfish prior to the event and many were caught along with white perch. It was a beautiful day once the fog lifted and I believe we "hooked" a few new future anglers.

Special thanks to Daniel Handly, Sidney Ojofeitimi and Chuck Reynolds,Town of Elkton; DNR staff David Fletcher and Joe Love; and MD BASS Nation Roger Trageser and Scott Sewell for assisting to make this a successful event.

Tags: hybrid sunfish, white perch

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