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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. David Fisher, Recreational Angler
  2. St Michaels
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by David Fisher →

Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Dorchester County Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

Here's a 23” northern snakehead - Chicamacomico River in Dorchester county - caught during a club bass tournament on Sunday April 12, 2015 – I was casting a green pumpkin senko rigged whacky style – catch location was approx. 1.2 miles down river from the New Bridge ramp – fish was killed and brought home to be eaten.

DNR Response: Thank you David for catching , keeping and reporting this snakehead, by submitting your entry into the Angler's Log, your catch qualifies for the Maryland Fishing Challenges Invasive Species Component. You will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season, to learn more go to


  1. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
  3. View all reports by Richie Bowen →

Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Tips

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

I've been fishing here in Breton Bay every year of my life and this one was a first. Not sure if it's a bad sign or not but while fishing on my kayak I came across a 22 inch dead snakehead. The good thing was it was dead. The bad thing was that it was here. I've tried to catch them before here but I've never gotten a bite or any evidence of them being here. Any tips on bait to use to catch them?

DNR Response: They aren't frequently caught in Breton Bay, but I've heard reports from there. This time of year, many of them are moving a lot to find spawning grounds. They tend to move more upstream and into fresher water. Often times, you'll see them at the base of spillways or small dams. As for a good bait to use, we summarized data on that and have it presented here: You can also search the angler's log for what's working on snakehead. I know a lot of folks bow hunt for them, but traditional tackle like spinners and frogs can work depending on the season you're fishing. I haven't heard of too many people baiting their hooks with live minnows, but I suspect that would work too. If you're interested, there's a Potomac Snakehead Tournament out of Smallwood in June. They have bow hunters and anglers, and this year they're including folks targeting blue catfish as well. Take care and good luck!

Tags: northern snakehead

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

Posted on March 17, 2015 | Permalink

Time To Get Excited

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Dorchester County

It's time to get excited!!!...a trip to the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County confirmed my intuition...white perch to 13"...bass to early snakehead bite...yellow perch...crappie...bluegill...catfish...carp...were all hungry and feeding with the first warm blast...things are looking up my cousin Ricky...and my friend Tom and enjoyed an incredible won't catch em sitting home...get out enjoy what the great state of Maryland has to offer!!!

Tags: white perch, carp, bluegill, largemouth bass, norhtenr snakehead, yellow perch

  1. Caz Kenny, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 10
  4. View all reports by Caz Kenny →

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: 10
  4. View all reports by Caz Kenny →

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
  4. View all reports by David A. Gaestel →

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
  3. View all reports by Alexander C. Roland →

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
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

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

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