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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


John Tucker
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: November 18, 2014 Permalink

Reducing the Invasive Population

Type: Tidal
Location:
Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Here are some pictures over the past three weekends taking 3 trips trying to help reduce the population of Blue Catfish being an invasive species. Last trip on Saturday I took my friend Colin fishing as he has never been for Blue Catfish. Once set up wasn’t 5 minutes in he caught his first one measured 41” and weighed 45 pounds. Not bad for the first fish of the day and his first Blue Cat in his life.

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Raymond Drayer
Recreational Angler
Nanjemoy, MD
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: November 13, 2014 Permalink

Nanjemoy Creek Blue Catfish

Type: Tidal
Location: Friendship Landing Park
Tags: blue catfish, invasive

This blue catfish was caught at Friendship Landing Park on the Nanjemoy Creek on November 11, 2014. This catfish was not weighed, but it was 36 inches long. Cut spot was used for bait. I am glad to have removed this invasive fish from the ecosystem.

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Tylor Kirklin
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
23
Sent in on: October 21, 2014 Permalink

Susquehanna Mix

Type: Tidal
Location: Susquehanna Flats
Tags: yellow perch, carp, largemouth bass, channel catfish. flathead catfish, invasive

Went out a few times this week in a couple different locations all on the flats. In Havre de Grace the yellow perch were hitting hard on live minnows. Then I caught a small carp in the shallows. A couple days later I managed to catch a nice sized largemouth along with a smaller channel cat, both were released. Today I went back and caught a smaller flathead catfish that wasn't released. I moved further up river to catch a nice size channel cat. It was a pretty good week of fishing on the lower Susqehanna.

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Potomac
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: October 1, 2014 Permalink

Bass and Cats

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

I went out at the crack of dawn to try my luck with some topwater baits. I had a few strikes with a buzz bait, but couldn't get hooked up. I did a little better with the popper, catching a few bass and one overzealous bluegill which promptly went in the livewell. Then I threw a spinner bait for a while and caught a channel cat -- refreshing since I have only caught blue cats lately. Finally I cut up the bluegill and fished for blue cats for about an hour. I caught 3, two were 20 lbs, and one was 30 lbs. Blue cats are super strong. I need to get to the gym and build up the back and biceps if I want to keep catching them. Even a "little" 20 pounder can put up quite a fight.

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David A. Gaestel
Recreational Angler
Port Republic, MD
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: September 26, 2014 Permalink

Lunchtime Fishing

Type: Tidal
Location: NAS Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this snakehead fishing during my lunch break on NAS Patuxent River.

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Potomac
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: September 23, 2014 Permalink

New Personal Best

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

My son with a stringer of blue catfish that was too heavy for him to lift. He caught them using cut bluegill. The largest was about 30 pounds and his new personal best. It helps to have an "expert fishing guide" as a dad -- patting myself on the back ;-)

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Potomac
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: September 22, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Mix

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Blue Catfish, Invasive

Another fun day on the tidal Potomac. Caught a mix of Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Blue Catfish, about 15 fish in all. Today, the fish were liking a 1/4 oz War Eagle tandem blade spinner bait along the grass edges. I had to get very close, and occasionally bump the grass in order to get bit. I mostly use cut bait to catch blue cats, but today they were clobbering the spinner bait.

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David Brown
Recreational Angler
Bel Air, MD
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: September 16, 2014 Permalink

Conowingo Cats!

Type: Tidal
Location: Conowingo Dam
Tags: Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Invasive

Headed out on my boat around 6:15 am and watched the sun come up and the fish jump. Caught several channel cats using chicken livers and a flathead using a white perch we caught and used for cut bait. Several big ones managed to get away. The water temp feels pretty warm compared to the air temps. It was a great day of fishing.

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: September 15, 2014 Permalink

Bait for Blues

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Bluegill, Perch

The biggest challenge with catching blue catfish is getting bait. Blue cats are voracious eaters and seem to eat almost anything. Bait on the other hand is not so easy to come by. I am hoping that DNR and/or other anglers might offer some suggestions. Here are some ways that I have caught bait.

Pentagon lagoon and the spoils: I have caught bluegill using wax worms on a bobber. One time, it took me 3 hours to catch one bluegill -- hanging my head in shame.

Washington Channel: I have caught perch using live minnows and cut down sibiki rigs. (2 hooks only)

Fletchers: I have caught perch using shad darts during the shad run in the spring.

This may come as a surprise (I know I was surprised), but blue cats eat almost anything including other blue catfish. Yesterday, I caught a blue catfish while jigging for striper. I cut up the catfish and put it on a bottom rig, and caught several more blue cats.

Hopefully, more anglers get interested in blue catfish. They have proliferated the Potomac and are literally everywhere. They are super strong and a lot of fun to catch. Anyone interested in catching "saltwater sized" fish in freshwater should give it a try.

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Seth Krider
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: September 9, 2014 Permalink

Salisbury Park Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Salisbury Park
Tags: Nothern Snakehead, Invasive

Seth caught this 22inch, 3.5 pound snakehead at Salisbury Park below the white footbridge on a top water hollow body frog.

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