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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.state.md.us. 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


James D. Smith
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 29, 2014 Permalink

Blue Cat Fish Fry

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

Enjoyed catching these blue cats on the Potomac in St. Mary's County. The biggest one was about ten pounds and can be seen in the picture beside my size 15 shoe. Skinned and fileted each one on the spot and had a tasty fish fry, saved the rest in the freezer for later.

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123 Fishing Rigs
Recreational Angler
Fort Washington, MD
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: May 22, 2014 Permalink

Stopping the Invasives

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac - below 301 bridge
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Atlantic Croaker, Norfolk Spot

While testing new bottom fishing products we caught 7 croaker, 3 Norfolk Spot and 15 catfish, many full of eggs. We’re just trying to do our part to help stop an invasive species.

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John Barnes
Recreational Angler
Clinton, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 22, 2014 Permalink

Put Up a Good Fight

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

This fish was the best fight I've had fishing since I moved to Maryland from the Gulf coast. The snakehead in the picture is 31 inches long and approx. 15lbs. I caught it in the Potomac late in the evening, so as a rest I froze the thing so I could post a photo.

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Tim Knecht
Recreational Angler
Mechanicsville, MD
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: May 22, 2014 Permalink

Catching the Cats

Type: Tidal
Location: Wicomico Shores
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

Had a great time over the past few days catching Blue Catfish in the Wicomico River off the pier in Wicomico Shores. Caught on a mixture of nightcrawlers, squid, and fresh catfish strips.

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Dutch Baldwin
Recreational Angler
Indian Head
Total Reports:
24
Sent in on: May 21, 2014 Permalink

178 Pounds of Snakehead

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

Here is a cooler filled with 178lbs of snakeheads gutted and vacuum packed from this past weekend. I think it was 47 fish total! All from out of the Potomac.

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Anthony Vaughn
Recreational Angler
Edmonston, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 21, 2014 Permalink

Anacostia Snakeheads

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

I caught 4 snakeheads in the Anacostia River while looking for bass ...2 were over 3ft and and other 2 were like almost 2 ft ... I killed all of them.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
31
Sent in on: May 15, 2014 Permalink

Getting Rid of the Invasives

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

I was able to arrow 11 snakehead fish on 5-13-14 on the Potomac River. A couple of these fish were tagged and most of them had full egg sacks that looked like they would of spawned very soon. The water temp has gone to 73 and I was able to catch a few bass on top water also.

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Zeljko Koretic
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
9
Sent in on: May 14, 2014 Permalink

Large Flathead

Type: Tidal
Location: Conowingo Dam
Tags: Flathead Catfish, Invasive

Me and my son Ivan Koretic went on a little afternoon fishing after Mothers Day lunch and he got a nice 40.5 inch Flathead Catfish on 3 inch grub!

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Hon Kwan
Recreational Angler
Springfield, VA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: May 13, 2014 Permalink

Snakehead Dinner

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

Hon caught a 33 and a 30 inch Snakehead taken from Virginia side of Potomac on May 11, 2014. They were 12 and 10 pounds, and turned into fish fillets.

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Ed McEarchem
Recreational Angler
Salisbury, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: May 13, 2014 Permalink

Salisbury Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Salisbury City Park
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I caught this fish at Salisbury City Park just below the dam at the Zoo. It was a female loaded with eggs.

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