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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


Kelly Lama
Recreational Angler
Hyattsville, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 9, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Snakehead

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

Kelly caught this 12 pound Snakehead on June 6 at 6:30 pm in 6-7 feet on jig-n-pig on the Potomac River south of Belle Haven Marina. Removed from river and destroyed.

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Nathan Franco
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: June 9, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Bass and Snakeheads

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

Hey its Nathan again from Team Slayer. Went out in the lower Potomac on 6/5. The fishing was great. Caught around 15 largemouth the biggest one was 4 pounds. The fish have finally started to really hit top water lures. The two fish of the day were these snakeheads measuring 30.5 inches and 26 inches. They were both caught on rod and reel NOT bowfishing. Both were killed and filleted and had tons of parasites living inside them. They were embedded in the fish meat and basically could be found all throughout the body. It’s a shame because it was a lot of snakehead meat to go to waste.

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

Potomac Snakehead Tournament

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

We participated in the Potomac snakehead tournament over the weekend May 31st to June 1st. We did not kill the most fish by far, but we did manage to get 3 fish over 15 pounds including the largest fish caught in the contest - 16.78 pounds. Had a real good time, met a lot of good people and got to eat snakehead fish prepared many ways which were all great. I want to say thanks to everyone involved to put a tournament together like this including MD DNR. There were a lot of snakehead removed from the river because of it!

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Bryce Mason
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 4, 2014 Permalink

Potomac Snakehead

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

I caught this snakehead south of Old Town, he took a big swim bait and was fed to a buddy who was willing to try it, better him than me.

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Randy Reid
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 4, 2014 Permalink

Gilbert Run Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Location: Gilbert Run Park
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I was fishing in the spillway creek at Gilbert Run Park in Charles County and caught a 24" Northern Snakehead full of eggs.

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Nicole Blowe
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 3, 2014 Permalink

Good Variety

Type: Tidal
Location: Fort Washington
Tags: Blue Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Freshwater Mussel, Invasive, White Perch, Striped Bass, Bluegill

It was a fun day in Fort Washington on Saturday, May 31. We caught a good variety of fish. A few White Perch, a nice size Largemouth Bass, a few Striped Bass, a Bluegill, and a blue cat. All were catch and release except the blue cat, that will be dinner. They were hitting early but slowed down around lunchtime.

DNR - I was pulling a lot of these up too. Are these clams?

DNR Response: It could be a freshwater mussel but it's hard to tell for sure from the photo.

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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:
6
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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