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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. 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: 9
  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
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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: 34
  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


  1. Michael Dahlstrom, Recreational Angler
  2. Hollywood, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 4, 2013 | Permalink

Night Fishing For Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out last night (10/31/13) in the Potomic River and surrounding creeks, and managed to shoot and harvest 9 Northen Snakeheads..with windy and rainy conditions, our success rate wasn't that great, but still had a good time!

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 39
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Posted on October 28, 2013 | Permalink

Tidal Bass Survey

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Patuxent River

This beautiful Largemouth Bass was every bit of 5 ½ pounds and caught in the Patuxent River during the last days of the tidal bass survey. Sampling the tidal rivers for Largemouth Bass ended last week. Throughout the survey that includes the upper Bay, Potomac, and eastern shore rivers, we also found blue cats in the Pocomoke and snakeheads in the Patuxent. There were some nice fit bass from the Susquehanna River and Northeast River. We’ve heard some anglers’ concerns about the bass fishery on the Potomac River. We’re prioritizing that survey’s analysis and should have some summary information on that fishery ready in a few weeks.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Tidal Bass Survey


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

Posted on October 21, 2013 | Permalink

154 lbs of Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We shot another 154 lbs of snakeheads on Wednesday night.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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