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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


Scott Sewell
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 18, 2014 Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Marshyhope Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Bluegill, White Perch

I caught this 6 lb Northern Snakehead while bass fishing on the Marshyhope Creek on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He bit a Booyah, 1/2 oz spinnerbait. Upon checking the contents of his stomach this Bluegill & White Perch were found.

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Daniel Stowers
Recreational Angler
Adamstown, MD
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: August 12, 2014 Permalink

Two Big Blue Cats

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

8-8-14 at around 12:30am I hooked into this 52 pound 48" long blue cat . I was using cut bait fishing in the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The fish was tagged by DNR and I'll be reporting it Monday. My buddy Clint was with me and caught a 51 pound fish around 2am. We also caught several 25-35 pound fish. Great night!!

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Chris King
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 4, 2014 Permalink

First Confirmed Patapsco Blue Catfish

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

Caught this Blue Catfish in Ferry Bar Park in the Patapsco River. It was approximatly 28 inches. We kept the fish and ate it!!! Fish and Game were out checking their baby fish that were released the last couple of years and got off the boat and checked and verified that it was a Blue Catfish.

DNR Response: Thank you for reporting your catch, it's one of the first confirmed Blue Catfish caught in the Patapsco River. As a reminder, DNR is asking the public to remove (kill) any Blue Catfish they may catch in Maryland waters, this fish is an invasive species.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
32
Sent in on: August 4, 2014 Permalink

Mattawomen Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mattawomen Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I caught this snakehead in Mattawomen Creek on July 31st, it hit a top water rico plug.

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C. J. Lutz
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 30, 2014 Permalink

Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mattawoman Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I caught this snakehead in July, during a boys fishing trip at Mattawoman Creek in Indian Head, MD.

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Taylor Mooney
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: July 24, 2014 Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

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

I caught my second Snakehead of the year out of the Wicomico River river this evening around 7:30 pm near the same location as my previous one. I was fishing near Brew River restaurant in the Wicomico River on low tide using a dark green worm on 7/23/14 when this 31" Snakehead was caught.

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Trevor Tufty
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
16
Sent in on: July 17, 2014 Permalink

Old Town Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: South of Old Town Alexandria
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I hit the banks just south of Old Town and hooked into this 31in, 7.13lb Northern Snakehead. It inhaled a plastic crawfish. Was able to get out there before the storms rolled in.

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Jayson Huston
Recreational Angler
Harpers Ferry, WV
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 8, 2014 Permalink

Flathead with Tarter Sauce

Type: Freshwater
Location: Upper Potomac, confluence of Antietam Creek
Tags: Flathead Catfish, Invasive

My husband caught this 29", 11lb flathead this morning off of a crankbait. As if that were not strange enough, we didn't think that flatheads were found above Great Falls. That made this catch a bit of a bummer, but the silver lining is that it's getting served with a side of homemade hushpuppies & tartar sauce tonight.

DNR Response: There is an occasional reporting of a flathead above great falls, so it's not common but it's not unheard of either. The Flathead Catfish is an invasive Species and DNR asks anglers keep any Blue and Flathead Catfish they catch. Thanks for the report.

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Cassandra Reed
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 7, 2014 Permalink

Port Tobacco Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Port Tobacco
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Myself, and David Williams went fishing for Northern Snakehead, with our "sexy frogs" and kayaks loaded...We caught two out of Port Tobacco! I got a Citation size 33.5 inches 11.5 lbs.!!! Woo Hoo!

Going back for more! Great 4th of July!!

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Richie Bowen
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: June 27, 2014 Permalink

Breton Bay Update with a White Perch Bananza

Type: Tidal
Location: Breton Bay
Tags: White Perch, Croaker, Blue Catfish, Invasive

Been catching croaker and a lot of White Perch in Breton Bay. White Perch are mostly in the 8-11 inch slot but are being caught here between 12-15 inches! Wednesday we caught around 100 and kept 47 with a few in the 13 inch range and 1 croaker around 12 inches.

Also the Blue cats have been biting very well in the Breton Bay, all in the 30-40+ inch range. This one was 42 inches! Caught off of a 2oz triangle sinker with steel leader and a size 2 treble hook with a balled up piece of Bluecat meat for bait. These are other pictures of all the Bluecats we've caught! Just tryin to help get rid of the blue cat population!

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