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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. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Dutch Baldwin →

Posted on July 29, 2013 | Permalink

Stingray in Charles County Creek

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Charles County Creek

While wandering around one of the shallows looking for snakeheads before dark my buddy Eric Hitch manages to shoot a Atlantic Stingray. This is in Charles county!

I was told by a friend from Virginia , Saturday night they seen Horseshoe Crabs in Quantico creek while bowfishing!

Tags: Atlantic Stingray


  1. David Crump, Recreational Angler
  2. Crownsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on July 26, 2013 | Permalink

Summer Snakehead Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallow's Bay

This 25" Snakehead, my first, hit a Rattletrap in some clear weed free water in the creek just upstream of the boat ramp there at the park in the early afternoon on a partly cloudy day (July 24). I couldn't get a hit with the top water frog in the weeds so I switched over and got a real fight on light tackle fishing from a kayak. I'm really glad I brought a net along.

Dispatched with a single blow to the head with a heavy hammer I keep for jug ice, it fed 5 for dinner with leftovers. Excellent taste fresh off the grill, filleted, skinned, then chunked and cooked in a hot skillet.

Bottom line - an A+ fishing/culinary experience.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Alex Hrycak, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
  4. View all reports by Alex Hrycak →

Posted on July 25, 2013 | Permalink

Fried Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I went to Mattawoman Creek today to catch snakeheads from my kayak, and caught this 30 incher. She was full of eggs and had a fish in her belly. Made some great fried fish for dinner outta this big fish.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Pete Do, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 25, 2013 | Permalink

Where Should I Fish for Snakehead?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

I'm actually trying to catch some snakeheads. I've been reading about the invasive species and how we need to start targeting them to eradicate. I want to get some of my fishing buddies interested in them since they sound like they give a good fight. I live in Annapolis. What's the closest place I could go to try and catch me some?

DNR Response: We definitely are encouraging anglers to harvest snakehead. I donít think itíll eradicate them from the Potomac River Ė but itíll definitely help control the population growth. I usually mention Bumpy Oak Pond as a place to get some snakehead. Itís a non-tidal pond near Mattawoman Creek. Mattawoman Creek is also a good spot to find some. Weíve been studying the snakehead population in Nanjemoy Creek this year. As a result of that, we have some tagged fish in the river. If you catch a tagged one, report the tag to USFWS and theyíll send you a certificate and cool ďSnakehead ControlĒ hat. Thereís a phone number on the tag, along with the words, kill the fish. Check out the anglerís log for snakehead entries, too. Anglers are a great resource for information too.

To see how to kill a snakehead, check out our video at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/recreational/tidalbass/.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. James Jett, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 24, 2013 | Permalink

Not a Snakehead

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: North Locust Point

The fish in the attached photo was caught in a bait trap in the Baltimore Harbor (North Locust Point). It looked very similar to a snakehead so I wanted to report it.

DNR Response: It is most likely a Striped Blenny. It is hard to tell by the photo, but it could be a Feather Blenny. Itís definitely a blenny though. Here is a link to 2 previous posts that show pictures of other fish that are commonly mistaken for snakeheads.

Tags: Striped Blenny


  1. Alex Hrycak, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Alex Hrycak →

Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink

Tasty Mallows Bay Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I went to Mallows Bay with my kayak to target my first snakehead. Using a buzz bait the whole day, I caught five bass and eventually my first snakehead. He was 25 inches and tasted amazing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Bass


  1. John Dillion, Recreational Angler
  2. Eldersburg
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on July 22, 2013 | Permalink

2 More Bumpy Oak Snakeheads

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Bumpy Oak Pond

...and destined for the dinner table. One measured 12", the other was 20".

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Donald Upright, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 19, 2013 | Permalink

Port Tobacco Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Port Tobacco River

Port Tobacco River, missed two before getting this 26" with clean shot.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. John Dillion, Recreational Angler
  2. Eldersburg
  3. Total Reports: 12
  4. View all reports by John Dillion →

Posted on July 19, 2013 | Permalink

Bumpy Oak Pond Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Bumpy Oak Pond

I caught this small 20" fat, 2.5lb mama snakehead using a SPRO popper frog. She was full of eggs it made for a delicious meal baked with brussels sprouts and corn in olive oil and butter sauce. She was also protecting a bunch of 1" babies...it was a hot 98 degrees & sunny.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Dutch Baldwin →

Posted on July 19, 2013 | Permalink

Night Time Fish Hunt

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location:

We bowfished mattawoman Saturday night and found some clean water and shot 18 snakeheads!

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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