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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


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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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
34
Sent in on: August 27, 2014 Permalink

Bow Hunting Blue Cats

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

I went out a few times the second week of August on the Potomac bow fishing for snakehead. With all the plant life in the river now we are just not seeing many snakehead as they have plenty of cover to hide in. On the other hand the water is so clear due to the same plant life that the blue cats were very easy to see so we adapted. We were careful not to shoot any Channel Catfish although we might've seen 2 out of 100 that were actually channels most were blue cat. We had several over 30 pounds and some over 40, but I must say the smaller ones taste much better.

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Mike Hurd
Recreational Angler
Elkridge, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 25, 2014 Permalink

Strange Catches

Type: Chesapeake
Location: Podickory Point, Snake Reef
Tags: Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, White Perch, Croaker, Spot, Invasive

Saturday, August 16 2014 turned out to be one of the weirdest fishing days we have ever had on the bay. We decided to head north of our usual haunts off Podickory Point and checked out Snake Reef off Gibson Island for the first time in a couple of years. We hadn't been there more than a few minutes (on a rising tide) and our rod bent double in the rod holder. At first, we thought it was a ray -- but a few minutes later, we landed a Channel Catfish that was probably around 10 lbs. Then… a few minutes later, the rod bent double AGAIN and we landed a Blue Catfish that we estimate was close to 20 lbs. The morning continued like this until we caught seven more channel cats, along with 10 White Perch, 2 croaker, and a Spot. The catfish alone ended up being 12 meals in the freezer.

We're guessing that the rains earlier in the week had something to do with the "misplaced" catfish. We have been fishing on the bay, between the Patapsco River and Thomas Point Light for 15 years -- and this is the first time we have EVER caught catfish.

DNR Response: Channel Catfish have been in the area for a long time, but more commonly in the tributaries or near the mouth. The salinity, regulated by dry and wet spells, really determines how far downriver or into the bay they extend. It will change on any given year. The Blue Catfish, however, is new to that area. Both catfish species can tolerate higher salinities (greater than 12 ppm) for short periods of time which means they can move around from place to place quite easily. Blue Catfish are even being found in higher salinities than earlier believed. The heavy rains that we had last week could, most certainly, cause salinity sensitive fish to move in and out of areas that they normally aren't found in.

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Daniel
Recreational Angler
Germantown, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 25, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Blues and Flats

Type: Freshwater
Location: Potomac River at Great Falls
Tags: Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Invasive

Here are some blue catfish and flathead catfish I caught in the last 2 months out on the Potomac River at Great Falls. The spot I go to used to be all channel catfish but now its primarily blues and flatheads. I’m hoping to pull in a 30-40lb flathead out of this spot one day. Biggest flathead so far was maybe 10-15lbs. My biggest blue was maybe 30-40lbs. I measure length and girth but have not looked at a chart yet.

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Mike Hoffman
Recreational Angler
Mechanicsville, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 22, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River (near Ft. Washington)
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

Caught a mess of Blue Catfish, including these two beauties near Ft. Washington. Both fish were 41” with the biggest having a girth of 28”! I hate to see people kill such a giant fish, but understand why it’s better to do so. If you’re not going to eat a fish this size, here’s my suggestion: fillet them, cut them into chunks and freeze them. Treat your dog(s) and or cat(s) to something delicious! I give it to them raw. A way better alternative to letting them rot in the trash.

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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:
34
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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