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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.

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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. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on November 10, 2014 | Permalink

Blackwater Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Went back to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge yesterday and smoked the rockfish… caught this one 28" and lots between 18" and 25"... caught largemouth up to 3lbs… a few yellow perch… one that was 12 1/2"… white perch… and two turd rollers (catfish)… it was a great day… no snakeheads though.

Tags: Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Catfish


  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on November 3, 2014 | Permalink

Invasive Snakehead on Eastern Shore

Type: Tidal
Region: Lower Eastern Shore
Location: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

I took a friend to fish Blackwater Wildlife Refuge today who has never been, we caught rockfish, largemouth and he caught his first snakehead ever. I had heard stories that they have been caught but didn't believe it till I saw it. Heres Tom Dembeck's first snakehead ever.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
  2. Port Republic, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Lunchtime Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: NAS Patuxent River

I caught this snakehead fishing during my lunch break on NAS Patuxent River.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Alexander C. Roland, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 26, 2014 | Permalink

Spesutie Island Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Spesutie Island

Caught this nice bass near Spesutie Island. It was hanging under a local dock pouncing on this year's juvenile Striped Bass. I noticed several other LM bass doing the same thing.

Please note that I spotted a snakehead floating dead near the docks at 39.480462 North, 76.106205 West. It was out of reach. I have been fishing over 30 years and can ID species, so I am quite certain what it was. It had distinctive black and white markings, the long (Blenny-like) soft dorsal and anal fins, as well as the characteristic head and black eyes. Disappointed to see one this far north, even dead.

DNR Response: Without a photograph we cannot confirm it was a snakehead. In April 2011 there was a report of a snakehead caught in the Northeast River.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead


  1. Seth Krider, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Salisbury Park Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Salisbury Park

Seth caught this 22inch, 3.5 pound snakehead at Salisbury Park below the white footbridge on a top water hollow body frog.

Tags: Nothern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Matthew Diehl, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 5, 2014 | Permalink

One Less Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Schoolhouse Pond

Matthew caught this 19 inch northern snakehead at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's County in front of the courthouse building. He harvested it and that's one less snakehead in the pond.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 34
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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
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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: 46
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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

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