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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

Harriet Tubman Grand Opening

June 8, 2019

Join us for a Snakehead Fishing Derby in Dorchester County! Learn why Snakehead are harmful to the environment, how to fish for them, fillet them and cook them!
This is event is free and family-friendly!
 




Please share the Snakehead Derby Flier​ (en Español​) with anyone you can. Our goal is to reduce the number of this invasive species in Maryland. The derby will feature fishing, demonstrations, food and a question and answer session about snakeheads
and their impacts with state and federal agencies.


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Schedule 

  • 8:00 am - Question and Answer session about snakeheads. Josh Newhard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Joe Love, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • 8:30 am - Fishing Demonstration (novice) - Caz Kenny (SnakeheadLife.com) 
  • 9:00 am - Fishing Kick-off in parking lot (see ranger for door prize ticket)
  • 11:30 am - Fishing Demonstration (novice) - Caz Kenny (SnakeheadLife.com)
  • 12:00 pm - From fish to frying pan. - Branson Williams, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • 12:30 pm - Cook your snakehead or try a free sample. Limited (raw) snakehead fish fillets
  • available for free (first come, first serve; one per person)(pavilion)
  • 1:30 pm - End Fishing
  • 2:00 pm - Weigh-in (pavilion)
  • 2:30 pm - Door Prizes and Top Place prizes for weighed fish


Prizes and giveaways provided by Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Denton Rod and Tackle

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Sponsored by Denton Rod and Tackle


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Harriet Tubman
 


​The Purpose of the Snakehead Fishing Derby

Raise awareness about snakeheads.
Remove any snakeheads that are caught.

Rules of Fishing Derby

  • Sat. June 8th is a free fishing day so no license is required, but all harvest regulations
    must be followed.​
  • Meet at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on June 8 at 8:00 am to attend a question and answer session and a fishing demonstration prior to the derby kickoff at 9:00 am.  
  • Check-in at the staging area.
  • Between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, anglers can fish anywhere within the designated fishing area
    (See Map​). Snakehead should be kept and killed until weigh-in time.
  • Prizes will be awarded to anglers who catch the biggest snakehead, heaviest bag of fish or share the most pictures of uniquely caught fish species on social media by tagging DNR Fisheries #mdnr.
  • If an angler catches a snakehead, then the snakehead should not be released alive. The angler is welcome to take the fish home with them to eat or donate them at the derby. Possession of other fish species as fishing regulations​ permit.


Snakehead Derby Prizes

  • Prize for Heaviest Fish - Hat and Framed photo of a perch (donated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Maryland Department of Natural Resources).
  • Prize for Biggest Bag - Park Passport (donated by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Parks Department).
  • Prize for Most Tweeted Photos of Uniquely Caught Fish - Rod and Reel (Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
  • Door Prizes (donated by Denton Rod and Tackle and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days advance notice is requested.​ Limited fishing gear may be available to borrow.



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