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Share Your Invasive Catch on the Maryland Invasive Angler's Log

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassWelcome to the Invasive Species' Angler's Log component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge! These entries must contain Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include any of the invasive species listed, at any length in size, will be eligible for a prize via random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale.

To be eligible the entry must include a clear photo of the fish and the fish must be killed by one of the following methods:
  • The head is severed from the dorsal area in line with the pectoral fins completely through the spinal vertebrae; the head does not have to be detached from the fish.
  • At least two gill arches are completely removed from the gill area.
  • The fish has all of its internal organs removed.

Fish must be caught using legal recreational fishing methods. All legal recreational fishing methods and gear are allowed.

Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and a description of your fishing trip 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.


Latest Invasive Angler's Log Reports


Noah Holloway
Recreational Angler
Scaggsville, MD
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 28, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead Found in Little Patuxent River

Type: Freshwater
Location: Found in Little Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I was fishing at the Little Patuxent River in Savage, MD when my buddy noticed a fish, resembling a snakhead come to the top for air. In disbelief, I climbed a tall boulder and put on my fishing glasses. Sure enough what looked to be about a 30 inch snakehead was laying on a sandy bottom in about two feet of water. The hunt was on to try to capture this savage fish. After throwing a gulp minnow near the sighting, I was able to catch a much smaller 15 inch snakehead. Not the fight I was hoping to get on my first snakehead, but none the less, one more dead snakehead. I have fished this pool and the surrounding ones all spring and this is the first I have seen or even heard of in this river. Probably the reason why I didn't catch any trout there today…

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Alexis Gómez
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 28, 2015 Permalink

16 Pound Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Leesylvania State Park
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this 32 inch, 16 pound snakehead at Leesylvania State Park.

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Dutch Baldwin
Recreational Angler
Indian Head
Total Reports:
26
Sent in on: May 27, 2015 Permalink

81 Snakehead Removed from the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: northern snakhead, invasive

We fished the 3rd Annual Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department Snakehead Tournament. Needless to say we won first place with 81 snakeheads with a total weight of 397 lbs.

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Dylan Nickoles
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 27, 2015 Permalink

Big Blues from the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Dylan Nickoles and Lauren Bauers 3 weeks ago with big blues from the Potomac River right by DC tidal basin, caught with fresh alewife.

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Rob Oyaski Jr
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 26, 2015 Permalink

Old Bay and Garlic Salt Snakehead Dinner

Type: Tidal
Location: Lusby
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

My 30 inch, 12 pound snakehead. I caught this guy in Lusby, Maryland! Filleted him and cooked him for dinner. Little butter some garlic salt and old bay. It was delicious!

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Dylan Nickoles
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 26, 2015 Permalink

Conowingo Flatheads

Type: Tidal
Location: Conowingo Dam
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

Tailgate full of flatheads pulled from the Conowingo Dam last week on skirts, biggest one weighed 28lb, they all fed many families.

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Sheldon Flood
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
7
Sent in on: May 20, 2015 Permalink

Those Blue Cats are Fighters

Type: Tidal
Location: Patuxent River
Tags: carp, channel catfish, blue catfish, invasive

Good catch for the day. One carp, two blue and one channel catfish.Those blue cats sure put up a fight. All caught at Selby Landing on the Patuxent River. The big blue was 15 lbs and the smaller one was 10 lbs. Biggest I've caught in the Patuxent River so far.

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Richard Norris
Recreational Angler
Silver Spring, MD
Total Reports:
12
Sent in on: May 19, 2015 Permalink

Lower Potomac Catfishin'

Type: Tidal
Location: Mattawomen Creek
Tags: blue catfish, Invasive, channel catfish

Went out of Mattawomen Creek on Saturday May 16th with my friend Jason. We caught a total of 7 Catfish (4 Blues & 3 Channels). All the Blues were at least 5lbs each. The largest Blue was almost 9lbs. The largest Channel Cat was 5lbs. All channel cats were caught & released. All the Blues were removed from the river. Body count was 4 for the day.

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Patrick Stoehr
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 18, 2015 Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakhead

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Patrick caught and killed a 25" Northern Snakehead in the Little Patuxent River in Odenton, MD. The spot he caught it was under a pedestrian bridge on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis trail. Patrick saw multiple other snakeheads in the same area, but could not catch them.

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Troy Stanley
Recreational Angler
Pasadena, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: May 18, 2015 Permalink

Blue Cat for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: blue catfish, invasive

I caught this blue cat around National Harbor on the Potomac River. It was 28.75" and 12 pounds 9 ounces. Catch date 5-15-2015. We named the fish Dinner.

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