Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!

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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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 random drawings throughout the year 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. Wesley Hughes, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Wesley Hughes →

Posted on August 28, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead No. 4 in Tyaskin

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Witipquin Creek

I caught snakehead #4. I used to catch perch, bass, crappie, now only snakehead using grub.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Peter Cannavino, Recreational Angler
  2. California, MD
  3. Total Reports: 8
  4. View all reports by Peter Cannavino →

Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing - Southern Maryland Style

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gilbert Run Park

Went fishing with my good friend Kim and were able to catch a 24 Snakehead in the spillway area of Gilbert Run Park as well as Kim catching the Big Bass of the day at a local southern Maryland farm pond.

Tags: Invasive, Northern Snakehead, Largemouth Bass

  1. Michael Roach, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Michael Roach →

Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

Wicomico River Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico River

I wanted to report the snakehead I caught on the Wicomico River in Salisbury, MD on Saturday 8/15. I have attached a couple of pictures of the fish. It was killed and thrown on shore.

DNR response: thank you for removing the fish from Maryland waters, a reminder to all angler's - if you do not plan on eating the fish please dispose of properly.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Eugene Woollen, Recreational Angler
  2. Mardela Springs
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Eugene Woollen →

Posted on August 17, 2015 | Permalink

Another Invasive for Dinner

Type: Non-tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Barren Creek

I caught this north of Bridge St. I have gone out there before and caught snakeheads a lot this year. I caught a 19", 26", 28", and now this 31". I love to eat these things. At the rate I am catching them friends and family are getting some snakehead fillets.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Todd Murphy, Recreational Angler
  2. Marbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
  4. View all reports by Todd Murphy →

Posted on August 10, 2015 | Permalink

Pending State Record Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Todd Murphy a Team SMIB member shot this 17.47 pound snakehead this weekend in the Potomac River. The weight was certified at a local grocery store and the fish was inspected and verified by a DNR biologist.

DNR Response: Congratulations Todd! Once the signed paperwork is submitted and verified you'll become the official State record holder for your catch. Thank you for helping the State lower the population of this invasive species.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Dan Moon, Recreational Angler
  2. Woodbridge, VA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Dan Moon →

Posted on August 4, 2015 | Permalink

Don't Wait - Call DNR if You Think You Have a State Record Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Chicamuxen

Dan Moon of Woodbridge, VA caught this 35" snakehead in Chicamuxen off of the Potomac River on June 20, 2015 on a Booyah spinner bait. Our boat scale weighed the fish at 18.8 pounds, which would be a world record on a rod and reel, if it is correct. We could not locate a certified scale to have it officially documented. The fish was killed, removed from the river and eaten. According to information online, the current and prior world records were both caught within 2 miles of the area where this fish was caught.

DNR Response:Thanks for sending in this very impressive picture of the 35 inch, 18.8 lb snakehead!

The current world record is 17 lb, 12 oz from Quantico Creek, Triangle, Virginia, caught by Luis Aragon on 5/20/2014, and the current Maryland State Record is 16.94 lbs caught by Teddy McKenzie on 6/1/2014 in the Potomac River.

For any official state or world record you must get the fish weighed on a certified scale. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a certified scale in some areas, and many tackle shops do not carry them. For example, we have weighed fish at seafood markets and grocery stores (to get certified weights). There is a certified scale at the DNR Fisheries Cedarville Field Office (301-888-2423) in Brandywine and we hope to purchase certified scales for other field offices in the future. If you think you have a state record call 443-569-1381 and immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed, in order to preserve the weight.

You can enter your snakehead into the MD Fishing Challenge, the minimum size is 30 inches, and it must be kept. Here is the link with the official rules:

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, MD
  3. Total Reports: 37
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

School of Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out Saturday 7-31-15 and shot some snakehead fish with my bow on the Potomac River. I also saw 3 different schools of snakehead babies. Two of them had no parent fish around and were in the wide open as you can see in the picture. The last school I saw did have a fish with them and that fish went home with me.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. Brian Krolak, Recreational Angler
  2. New Market, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 3, 2015 | Permalink

C&O Canal Largemouth

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

Caught this largemouth bass on the C&O Canal near Blockhouse Point on a white jig head with a yellow plastic minnow. Saw a 24" snakehead but was not able to catch it. Saw several snakehead fry at Violets Lock.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead

  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 50
  3. View all reports by Joey Love →

Posted on July 31, 2015 | Permalink

First Confirmed Report of Snakehead Reaching the Upper Chesapeake Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna Flats

While surveying for largemouth bass on 7/30, the Tidal Bass Program caught this northern snakehead in a small cove of the Susquehanna Flats. This is the first confirmed report of a snakehead reaching the upper Chesapeake Bay. On the western shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, the species has been caught in Potomac River, Patuxent River, Rhode River, and Patapsco River. The fish was skinny, a male, and had nothing in its gut. It was caught in a thick patch of Hydrilla. Earlier this week, MD DNR also received a report from an angler who had caught another snakehead in this area. People who capture snakeheads are encouraged to harvest the animal to slow their spread and minimize their impact to Maryland's natural resources. It is not certain whether the species is reproducing in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. Wesley Hughes, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Wesley Hughes →

Posted on July 30, 2015 | Permalink

Tyaskin Creek Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tyaskin Creek

I caught 2 snakeheads in one week in Tyaskin Creek. That is 3 total so far.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, invasive

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