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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Hunting For Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I have been out looking for snakehead fish on the Potomac with my bow at night and have not seen very many. I have seen some large blue cats and changed over to hunting them. We were able to shoot all we wanted once we found where they were. These were taken on 8-25-14. Some over 50 lbs.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Bow Hunting Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

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.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive


  1. Scott Sewell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on August 18, 2014 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope Creek

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.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Bluegill, White Perch


  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

C&O Fishing Report

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: C&O Canal

I went fishing at Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal north of Great Falls Maryland for Largemouth Bass. I fished plastic worms and had some success by walking almost all the way down to Great Falls Maryland. There are a lot of weeds in the canal making fishing difficult but the bass are there. Did not catch any big fish but 3 small bass. I talked to a bicycle patrol man who told me the canal does have snakeheads. He said to keep these fish if one is caught.

Fishing is slow overall for bass but if you have patience and are willing to walk a bit some fish can be caught. Maybe by fall the weeds will disappear making fishing easier. I went to Violette's Lock afterwards but caught no fish and talked to a hiker who said the fishing was not as consistent there as Swain's Lock due to changes in water levels. Tight lines.

Tags: Largemouth Bass


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
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Posted on August 4, 2014 | Permalink

Mattawomen Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawomen Creek

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

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. C. J. Lutz, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 30, 2014 | Permalink

Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

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

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Taylor Mooney, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 24, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

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.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Trevor Tufty, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 17
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Posted on July 17, 2014 | Permalink

Old Town Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South of Old Town Alexandria

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.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Cassandra Reed, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Port Tobacco Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Port Tobacco

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!!

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Kevin Crowley, Recreational Angler
  2. Beltsville
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Snakehead Bite Continues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallow's Bay

Caught on n spinner bait. Released the largemouth, ate the snakehead.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

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