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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


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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Shawn Lucas
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

Bladensburg Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

17" snakehead caught at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. I didn't have a scale to weigh it.

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Michael Luzier
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 27, 2015 Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

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

I caught a 24 inch snakehead in Chicamacomico River at the new bridge ramp on April 24 at 7:00 pm.

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Bryce Mason
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: April 20, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Location: South of Alexandria
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

1st of the year south of Alexandria, caught on long jerkbait. He now is on ice waiting for his new home in my buddy's belly.

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Robert Bruce
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
21
Sent in on: March 17, 2015 Permalink

Potomac Flatheads

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Flathead Catfish, Invasive

My friend Bob and I went out on the Potomac the other day and caught some nice Flatheads. Largest of the day was 46 inches. I kept 2 of the smaller fish (25lbs) for the table. The water temperature was still cold where we were fishing, 37 degrees. Looking forward to some warmer weather for sure.

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Song Lee
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: February 19, 2015 Permalink

Fletchers Blue Cat

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

Caught what I believe to be a blue catfish on cut bait at Potomac River - Fletcher's Cove. 43 pounds! Fed the whole family with this cat!

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Bill Boteler
Recreational Angler
New Market
Total Reports:
9
Sent in on: December 8, 2014 Permalink

Not Time to Retire the Tackle Yet

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

Myself, Craig Harlow, and Steve Polock fished the lower Potomac on a flood tide with fresh cut bait. Caught about 300 lb of invasive Blue Catfish in 2 hours of fishing. Two fish were pushing 50 lbs. As long as you can find fresh bait, I would think that the cats will be biting. Find a flat on the lower Potomac around 10 to 20 feet deep and help remove these delicious fish from the river. We like to cut into fingers and deep fry.

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