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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.state.md.us. 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 2013 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. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 39
  3. View all reports by Joey Love →

Posted on April 28, 2014 | Permalink

2014 District of Columbia Snakehead Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Around D.C.

2014 District of Columbia Snakehead Tournament

Weigh-in: Satruday, May 31, 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Awards: 3pm

Location: Aquatic Resources Education Center
1900 Anacostia Dr. SE,
Washington, DC 20019

Click here for the flyer about the event.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, 2014 DC Snakehead Tournament


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 31
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on April 25, 2014 | Permalink

Snakehead Fillets

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

We shot some more snakehead fish on the Potomac on the 21st of April and cleaned most of them on the 22nd. A lot of the fish had several herring in their bellies and some had whole Gizzard Shad that they managed to swallow. I believe these fish have learned quickly about when the shad and herring run and put themselves in the right place at the right time to take advantage of this food source. On the left is Theodore McKenzie and James Berry on the Right.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, MD
  3. Total Reports: 31
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on April 23, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac River Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I shot some more snakehead fish on the Potomac River on April 21st, the one in this picture weighed 13.5 pounds. Still not seeing very many in day light hours, but I think now that it is getting warmer that will change.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Chris Wells, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Chris Wells →

Posted on April 23, 2014 | Permalink

Blackwater Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater

I was fishing in Blackwater in Dorchester County and I caught 6 Northern Snakeheads of various sizes from16" to 26".

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. John Horgan, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
  3. View all reports by John Horgan →

Posted on April 22, 2014 | Permalink

Variety on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay, Mattawoman Creek

I caught this 4 lb snakehead at Mallows Bay on 4/19/2014, using live minnows. We also caught a 7 lb snakehead too, and about 12 nice crappies all over 10 inches. Later in the day we went to Matawoman Creek and caught about 40 Hickory Shad on darts.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Hickory Shad, Crappie


  1. Nathan Franco, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Nathan Franco →

Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Large Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

My name is Nathan Franco. My friend Jesse and I were fishing the lower Potomac on 4/13/14, we had a good day. We landed an 8 pound 27 inch snakehead and two bass. We also had a smaller snakehead bite off at the side of the canoe. I also am wondering why there were hundreds if not thousands of dead fish floating on top of the water. I think they were gizzard shad or silver carp. They were everywhere. We netted one to look at and noticed the eyes were all popped out swollen and red. Do they die after spawning? Is it normal for them to die this time of year? Please let me know.

DNR Response: The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) monitors all fish kills in Maryland, we have a link to their web site on our homepage, their phone number is 1-800-285-8195 during the day. This time of year many species are stressed and die just after spawning, always call in fish kills to the number above if you may come upon one while on the water.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass


  1. Steve Spellman, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Steve Spellman →

Posted on April 14, 2014 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Creek off of Blackwater River

Steve Spellman caught, killed and ate this 16 inch Snakehead from a small creek off of Blackwater River in Dorchester County on Saturday, April 13, 2014. He caught it on a crappie jig and minnow while fishing for Crappie and White Perch. It was the first one that he has caught.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 31
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Bowfishing Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I was able to catch this snakehead with my bow in the Potomac River on the 5th of April. I only saw one and think it will be several weeks before I go look again as the river is much colder than this time last year.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Mario Eusi, Recreational Angler
  2. Mardela Springs, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Mario Eusi →

Posted on February 11, 2014 | Permalink

Mudminnow Commonly Mistaken as Baby Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tidal Creek off of Nanticoke River

I had a surprising catch in a minnow trap over the weekend, I believe it is a juvenile snakehead? It was caught in a tidal creek off of the Nanticoke River. It was approximately two inches long and was unlike any other minnow in the trap.

DNR Response: Mario, you caught an Eastern Mudminnow. They are commonly mistaken for juvenile snakeheads. The eastern mudminnow is common in small streams and swampy areas, maximum length is only about 3. 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.

Tags: Eastern Mudminnow


  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 24
  3. View all reports by Dutch Baldwin →

Posted on December 30, 2013 | Permalink

Still Shooting Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Still shooting snakeheads on the Potomac River with our bows. These 2 where taken December 22nd and missed 11 others.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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