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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


Wesley Hughes
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 28, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead No. 4 in Tyaskin

Type: Tidal
Location: Witipquin Creek
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught snakehead #4. I used to catch perch, bass, crappie, now only snakehead using grub.

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Peter Cannavino
Recreational Angler
California, MD
Total Reports:
8
Sent in on: August 21, 2015 Permalink

Fishing - Southern Maryland Style

Type: Tidal
Location: Gilbert Run Park
Tags: Invasive, Northern Snakehead, Largemouth Bass

Went fishing with my good friend Kim and were able to catch a 24” Snakehead in the spillway area of Gilbert Run Park as well as Kim catching the Big Bass of the day at a local southern Maryland farm pond.

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Michael Roach
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 18, 2015 Permalink

Wicomico River Snakehead

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

I wanted to report the snakehead I caught on the Wicomico River in Salisbury, MD on Saturday 8/15. I have attached a couple of pictures of the fish. It was killed and thrown on shore.

DNR response: thank you for removing the fish from Maryland waters, a reminder to all angler's - if you do not plan on eating the fish please dispose of properly.

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Eugene Woollen
Recreational Angler
Mardela Springs
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 17, 2015 Permalink

Another Invasive for Dinner

Type: Non-tidal
Location: Barren Creek
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this north of Bridge St. I have gone out there before and caught snakeheads a lot this year. I caught a 19", 26", 28", and now this 31". I love to eat these things. At the rate I am catching them friends and family are getting some snakehead fillets.

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Todd Murphy
Recreational Angler
Marbury, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 10, 2015 Permalink

Pending State Record Snakehead

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

Todd Murphy a Team SMIB member shot this 17.47 pound snakehead this weekend in the Potomac River. The weight was certified at a local grocery store and the fish was inspected and verified by a DNR biologist.

DNR Response: Congratulations Todd! Once the signed paperwork is submitted and verified you'll become the official State record holder for your catch. Thank you for helping the State lower the population of this invasive species.

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Dan Moon
Recreational Angler
Woodbridge, VA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 4, 2015 Permalink

Don't Wait - Call DNR if You Think You Have a State Record Fish

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

Dan Moon of Woodbridge, VA caught this 35" snakehead in Chicamuxen off of the Potomac River on June 20, 2015 on a Booyah spinner bait. Our boat scale weighed the fish at 18.8 pounds, which would be a world record on a rod and reel, if it is correct. We could not locate a certified scale to have it officially documented. The fish was killed, removed from the river and eaten. According to information online, the current and prior world records were both caught within 2 miles of the area where this fish was caught.

DNR Response:Thanks for sending in this very impressive picture of the 35 inch, 18.8 lb snakehead!

The current world record is 17 lb, 12 oz from Quantico Creek, Triangle, Virginia, caught by Luis Aragon on 5/20/2014, and the current Maryland State Record is 16.94 lbs caught by Teddy McKenzie on 6/1/2014 in the Potomac River.

For any official state or world record you must get the fish weighed on a certified scale. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a certified scale in some areas, and many tackle shops do not carry them. For example, we have weighed fish at seafood markets and grocery stores (to get certified weights). There is a certified scale at the DNR Fisheries Cedarville Field Office (301-888-2423) in Brandywine and we hope to purchase certified scales for other field offices in the future. If you think you have a state record call 443-569-1381 and immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed, in order to preserve the weight.

You can enter your snakehead into the MD Fishing Challenge, the minimum size is 30 inches, and it must be kept. Here is the link with the official rules: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/challenge/species.aspx.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Total Reports:
37
Sent in on: August 3, 2015 Permalink

School of Snakehead

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

I went out Saturday 7-31-15 and shot some snakehead fish with my bow on the Potomac River. I also saw 3 different schools of snakehead babies. Two of them had no parent fish around and were in the wide open as you can see in the picture. The last school I saw did have a fish with them and that fish went home with me.

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Wesley Hughes
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: July 30, 2015 Permalink

Tyaskin Creek Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Tyaskin Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, invasive

I caught 2 snakeheads in one week in Tyaskin Creek. That is 3 total so far.

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Chris Abbott
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 28, 2015 Permalink

Chicamacomico Snakehead

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

I was fishing the Chicamacomico River at the bridge on New Bridge Road in Dorchester County Sunday morning between 6:00 am and 7:00 am and caught 2 snakeheads. The first one I was unable to land but I did get him out of the water long enough to identify it and estimate it's weight at 6-7 lbs. The second was roughly 12" long and 1-2 lbs. I did not return it to the water. I enclosed a picture of the smaller one for identification purposes.

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Lena Harbaugh
Recreational Angler
Sabillasville, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 27, 2015 Permalink

Another Invasive Out of the Water

Type: Freshwater
Location: Just off of River RD.
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

I caught this just over 16 lb, 34" flathead catfish just off of River RD. My husband, Jesse Hoffman, and I spent about four hours of no action before catching this guy. We tag teamed the catch, me with the pole and Jesse with the net making sure this one didn’t get away. We used live bluegill caught out of the Monocacy to catch him. We took it to Fox's Sport and Bait in Frederick, MD to have it registered.

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