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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report 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. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.

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. Susan Naplachowski, Recreational Angler
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Posted on September 11, 2012 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Not a Snakehead - It's a Striped Blenny

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Saint Martins River

Please look at this fish. I think it is a possible snakehead fish found in Saint Martins River in Berlin MD. The fish was caught in a minnow trap off the dock of White Horse Park Community. The fish lived for 10 hours while out of water and in dry plastic ziploc bag. There was air in the bag since I opened it up several times. Is this a snakehead fish??

DNR Response: Hi Susan, thanks for the picture and the question. Itís not a snakehead. Itís an awesome, striped blenny. They are pretty common to brackish areas of the Bay. Occasionally, you can find them in shell areas. They like structure, so they are also commonly caught in minnow traps. Check out this link: Snakehead? Not! for photos of common fish mistaken as snakeheads

Tags: striped blenny


  1. Don Cosden, Fisheries Service
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Posted on May 3, 2012 | Permalink

Snakehead? Not!

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One result of anglers helping us to watch for and remove snakeheads from our state waters is that many other species are being misidentified as snakeheads. There are many species of fish in Maryland which at first glance look similar and also there are many small fish which are common but arenít often caught or recognized by anglers. I have posted pictures of some of those other species.

The eastern mudminnow is common in small streams and swampy areas, maximum length is only about 3Ē. This one is quiet colorful, many specimens are just a dark brown. The best way to distinguish it from a snakehead is with the fins. The snakehead has a long dorsal fin that runs along the fishes back from just behind the head and stopping just before the tail. It also has a long anal fin which starts in the middle of its belly and almost reaches the tail. The mudminnow fins are short.

The blenny comes from our tidal creeks and rivers and also the bay. It has fins similar to a snakehead but the body is very flat. The snakeheadís body is more cylindrical shape. Maximum size is a couple of inches.

The naked goby also comes from tidal creeks. Its dorsal fin is separated into two and the anal fin is shorter than a snakeheads. It is more round like the mudminnow. Maximum size is about 1 Ĺ inches.

The bowfin may be the most easily confused. It gets large, has lots of teeth and has the long dorsal fin. Notice that it has a short anal fin and usually a large eye spot near the tail.

As you can see indentifying some of our species can be confusing but hopefully this will help. Thanks to everyone for your reports. Keep them coming.

Tags: eastern mudminnow, blenny, naked goby, bowfin

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