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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


Morgan Kupfer
Recreational Angler
Annapolis, MD
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: May 15, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead on the Fly

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

After work two weeks ago I decided to stop and fish a section of the Little Patuxent River that I always pass over and believe is stocked with trout. I headed down to the river and fished my most productive trout flies to no avail. As I was heading back to my car, I walked near an area that looked like an old feeder creek to the main stem. There was an overpass that crossed over this stagnant feeder, which was full of Purple Martins. Just as I was walking up, one of the birds fell and hit the water and as soon as it did, it looked like someone dropped a cinder block where the bird landed. I had to go investigate and what I found was amazing.I only had my 3wt fly rod with me, but that didn't stop me from tying on a big Clouser Minnow and finish the day with 6 Northern Snakeheads in the bag and eventually in my frying pan. Amazing fight on the 3wt and since the first trip, I've landed nearly 30.

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Rev Ryan Johnson
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
17
Sent in on: May 15, 2015 Permalink

My First Blue Cat For Dinner

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

It's been awhile but I'm back. I believe this is a blue catfish. It was my first catfish ever caught and it was delicious. Caught it on the Potomac under the Woodrow Wilson bridge.

I also went to Lakefront in Columbia and caught 6 bass on craw pattern shallow crank.

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Kenny Day
Recreational Angler
Joppa, MD
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: May 12, 2015 Permalink

Blackwater Snakeheads and More

Type: Tidal
Location: Blackwater
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass, white perch, white catfish

My wife Sharon and I launched our canoe at the access area on 335 around 9:00 am, targeting largemouth bass but happy to catch anything with a mouth. Fishing started slow and took nearly 3 hours before Sharon caught the first bass, which was a 14" spawned out female. The next several hours produced about 6 small white perch up to about 5" and one white catfish that was about 14". We steadily headed up river with the footbridge being our point to turn around, upon reaching the bridge we decided to get out and stretch our legs and fish a little more.

Within minutes of being on the bridge I watched a small fish eat something from the surface and immediately recognized the fish as a snakehead. A few casts later I had hooked my first snakehead on a small spinner bait. The fish hit like a truck and jumped completely out of the water, the fish was easily 30 inches long but it did shake off a few seconds later. No problem though a few casts later and I was hooked up again, this time I successfully landed it, my first snakehead, 20 inches and really fat so I suspected a female. A spike through the spine and on the stringer, a welcome guest of honor for a fish fry. We fished the bridge for about an hour and a half and I landed 3 snakeheads measuring 20", 16" and 15". My wife caught one that I could not get up on the bridge before it shook off. We had four other snakeheads hooked that we could clearly identify, 2 of which were around 30 inch fish. All 3 fish that were landed were removed and in our freezer, all 3 were females full of eggs.

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Jeremy Birmingham
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 12, 2015 Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Location: Marshyhope
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Jeremy caught this 26" snakehead on a spro frog in Marshyhope Creek.

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James D. Smith
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: May 11, 2015 Permalink

Blue Catfish, It's What's for Dinner

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

Caught in St Marys county on the Potomac River.

Went fishing on May 10th and caught a few croakers and several Blue Catfish. I cleaned them on the spot and took home 2 nice bags of filets.

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Dutch Baldwin
Recreational Angler
Indian Head
Total Reports:
26
Sent in on: May 7, 2015 Permalink

1,089 Pounds of Snakehead

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

Would like to share this picture of a 16.62lb snakehead that I shot last weekend bowfishing. Also Im keeping records on amount of snakeheads shot and we are at 1,089 lbs as of this past Sunday.

DNR Response: Very close to the state record of 16.92 lbs Dutch! Thank you for removing these invasive fish from Maryland waters.

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Taylor Mooney
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 7, 2015 Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Wicomico River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Species: 29" Northern Snakehead

Description of fishing trip: High tide going out, Sunny 81 degree day, Calm Winds, Shallow water with high vegetation and muddy substrate

Tackle: Bass rod and reel, 12 lb. mono line, Bullet weight with 1/0 hook, 4 inch green swim tail worm

History: 4th Northern Snakehead personally caught in this location. 1st= 31", 2nd= 25", 3rd= 29", 4th= 29" (All killed upon catch and documented with photos)

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Shawn Lucas
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: May 5, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead Removal

Type: Tidal
Location: Anacostia River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

2 snake heads caught at bladensburg waterfront park 5/2/2015. 30" and 24" . They have both been killed.

DNR Response: Thank you Shawn for removing and killing the invasive northern snakehead from Maryland waters, every fish removed helps to reduce their numbers.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
35
Sent in on: May 5, 2015 Permalink

Bow Fishing for Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I went bow fishing on Saturday 5-2-15 on the Potomac and was able to get some snake head fish.

DNR Response: As a reminder, if you catch a tagged snakehead be sure to contact through the information on the tag. The purpose of the tagging study is to determine patterns of movement, estimate population size, and individual growth rates.

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Brian Decker
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 5, 2015 Permalink

Invasive Catch in Prince Georges County Pond

Type: Freshwater
Location: School House Pond
Tags: Invasive, Northern Snakehead

I caught this 28" snakehead fish on May 2,2015 from School House pond in upper Marlboro MD. We did not release it back into the pond, instead it was killed in accordance with state law. Who knew they like spinner baits?!

DNR Response: Thank you for removing and killing this invasive species. As a reminder, it is illegal to transport and release live northern snakehead into Maryland waters.

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