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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


Stephen Dean
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 24, 2015 Permalink

Mill Creek Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mill Creek
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this 25.5 inc, 5lbs 5oz snakehead in Mill Creek on live minnow.

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Dale Fairall
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 23, 2015 Permalink

Caught One Snakehead But Lots of Babies in the Water

Type: Tidal
Location: Cambridge
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught one snakehead. It was approximately 24-28 inches . I measured my shoe when I got home and it was 12". I used a live minnow to catch the snakehead. I was in Cambridge. MD, I took Airey Rd just pass the Wal-Mart, made a right after Cindy's (Red Building) I think it is a restaurant and followed that road for several miles until I came to the first Bridge with a boat ramp.

My wife saw a bunch of little things swimming around and thought they were water beetles. They kept moving and going down under the water and coming back up. At first I could not tell what they were. Then all of a sudden I saw the snakehead. I realized that they were the babies of the snakehead. I threw my minnow at the snakehead babies and then the fight was on. I went back to see if I could see any more snakeheads. All I saw was 3 more pods of babies snakeheads. They were to the right of the ramp by the lily pads.

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Laura Downey
Recreational Angler
Jessup, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 22, 2015 Permalink

Mallows Bay Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mallows Bay
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

This 24" snakehead was caught at Mallows Bay on June 20, 2015. I caught it while kayak fishing in the back "creek" area. Lure used: frog with rubber string legs. I had snakehead for supper that night - it was very delicious!

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Ken Cunningham
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 18, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Location: Dorchester County
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Ken Cunningham caught his first ever snakehead. It was 24 inches long and put up a great fight on a floating top water lure. It was caught on June 9, 2015 off of Highway 335 in Dorchester County. He killed it and it tasted great.

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Michael A. Rucker
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Snakeheads in Chicamacomico River

Type: Tidal
Location: Chicamacomico River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught and killed these 2 snakeheads on Saturday, June 13 in the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County. I launched my boat at the New Bridge RD boat ramp just below Salem and caught them within a mile or so south of the bridge. The first fish was approximately 20 to 22 inches and the second was approximately 16 inches.

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Robert Oyaski
Recreational Angler
Lusby
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Bow Hunting Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Spillway Across from Lake Lariat
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Hi there I'm a 23 year old up and coming bow fisher. This huge 34 inch, 11lb snakehead met his demise today 6/15/2015 at 6:45 pm. The rain had just stopped for a bit so I figured I'd go give it a shot. I headed to the spillway across from Lake Lariat in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates of Lusby, Maryland. I walked around the small pond to see if I could see anything and I saw this monster but didn't have my bow and spooked it off, normally you get once chance. I went and grabbed my bow out of the car and came back to the spot I originally saw him, he was about three feet to the left. I drew my bow took a deep breath and released. That's when I saw the fish with my arrow in him jump out of the water, I knew I had a great fish on. I killed it according to law and am taking him tomorrow to get my citation!! Great way to end a miserable day.

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Marcelo Stenzel
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Another Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Attached is a picture of another snakehead that I caught in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. This one was 16 inches long.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
36
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Big Mattawoman Snakehead

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

I was bow fishing in Mattawoman Creek on 6-14-15 and shot a couple snakehead fish. This one came in at 15.4 pounds.

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Brett Poffenberger
Recreational Angler
Williamsport
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Upper Potomac Flatheads

Type: Freshwater
Location: Upper Potomac
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

I've been catching a lot of flatheads in the upper Potomac. Mainly in front of the dams. Most fish are in the five to ten pound range but have caught a few fifteen pounders and one fish a little over twenty. All fish were caught on live bait.

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Sean Ferritor
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead in Savage

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Here is a snakehead that I caught in the river at Savage Mill last night. This is the third one a buddy of mine and I have caught out of the same spot in the last couple of weeks. One day we hooked seven and only got one in. There are a bunch of them in there.

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