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Posted on July 3, 2012 | Permalink

Northern Snakehead Nests

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

Josh Newhard of the USFWS saw a few northern snakehead nests on the Potomac in the past couple of weeks. Last week, he saw mosquitofish relentlessly eating the young snakehead after they took the parents off the nest using electroshocking. Check out this link for more information on what can happen after adults are removed from their nest!

If any anglers sees a nest of snakeheads (dark blotch in picture), then try to throw the lure near the nest. Adults should be nearby guarding that nest and attack anything that comes near their nest. This nest has dark young that are likely only a few days old, as fish grow they turn orange and green and the nest is much easier to see. Nests typically break up once juveniles reach 3-4 inches long.

Life history information and current distribution of northern snakehead in the US can be found at: snakehead factsheet

Tags: northern snakehead, mosquitofish