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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


Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Potomac
Total Reports:
18
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:
18
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:
18
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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Matthew Diehl
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: September 5, 2014 Permalink

One Less Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Location: Schoolhouse Pond
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Matthew caught this 19 inch northern snakehead at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's County in front of the courthouse building. He harvested it and that's one less snakehead in the pond.

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Bethesda, MD
Total Reports:
18
Sent in on: September 4, 2014 Permalink

Weekend Catfishing

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

I took my son catfishing this weekend and we had a blast. We only had about 3 hours but we managed to catch 6 catfish. They were decent, but nothing huge. While I was taking one of the pictures, a giant cat took the other bait. It was peeling drag and before I could get the rod out of the rod holder, it broke the leader. We were using 8/0 hooks with 30# leader material. I just ordered some 10/0 hooks and 50# leader. The next one is not getting away.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
34
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Hunting For Blue Cats

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

I have been out looking for snakehead fish on the Potomac with my bow at night and have not seen very many. I have seen some large blue cats and changed over to hunting them. We were able to shoot all we wanted once we found where they were. These were taken on 8-25-14. Some over 50 lbs.

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Smiley Hsu
Recreational Angler
Bethesda, MD
Total Reports:
18
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Variety

Type: Tidal
Location: Gravelly Point
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

I generally have a plan when I go fishing. Today, the plan was to fish for bass along the grass edge in Washington Channel during low tide. The fish were cooperating. Using a Lucky Craft Pointer SP 78 jerkbait, I caught Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Striped bass -- mostly small, but one Largemouth was probably 2 lbs or better. What I didn't expect was to catch a white perch. I wasn't planning to fish for blue cats, but since I had some bait, I decided to give it a shot.

I anchored in the channel just upstream from Alexandria, near the "Danger" marker. I cut up the perch and put it on an 8/0 circle hook with a 2 oz sinker. Within 5 minutes, I had a fish on that was 60+ lbs. I fought it for about 20 minutes and just as I was grabbing it with my lip grip, it made one last shake and broke the line. I was using 30# shock leader, so it takes a pretty big fish to break the line. I fished for another hour or so and caught two more catfish, probably around 10 lbs or so and was almost ready to pack up when another big blue took the bait. After another 20 minute battle, I landed this one. I'm guessing it was probably 45-50 lbs.

It was another great day to be on the water. Driving back to the dock during sunset is one of the most pleasant experiences in the world. I don't think I will ever get tired of it. The river gets calm and the air is cool. The sky turns red and you can see the Capital and the Washington Monument in the distance. It is a great way to end the day. If there is a heaven, I hope it looks just like that so that I can savor every moment for eternity.

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David Brown
Recreational Angler
Bel Air
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Catfish Hitting at Conowingo

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

I caught this big flathead along with many, many, many channel cats in one spot where they seem to hold at using white perch soaked in chicken liver blood as well as chicken livers. After they open the gates and started releasing water we called it a day. A great day out on the water and making new friends!

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