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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.

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 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. Ken Cunningham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 18, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Dorchester County

Ken Cunningham caught his first ever snakehead. It was 24 inches long and put up a great fight on a floating top water lure. It was caught on June 9, 2015 off of Highway 335 in Dorchester County. He killed it and it tasted great.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Michael A. Rucker, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Snakeheads in Chicamacomico River

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

I caught and killed these 2 snakeheads on Saturday, June 13 in the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County. I launched my boat at the New Bridge RD boat ramp just below Salem and caught them within a mile or so south of the bridge. The first fish was approximately 20 to 22 inches and the second was approximately 16 inches.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Robert Oyaski, Recreational Angler
  2. Lusby
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Bow Hunting Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Spillway Across from Lake Lariat

Hi there I'm a 23 year old up and coming bow fisher. This huge 34 inch, 11lb snakehead met his demise today 6/15/2015 at 6:45 pm. The rain had just stopped for a bit so I figured I'd go give it a shot. I headed to the spillway across from Lake Lariat in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates of Lusby, Maryland. I walked around the small pond to see if I could see anything and I saw this monster but didn't have my bow and spooked it off, normally you get once chance. I went and grabbed my bow out of the car and came back to the spot I originally saw him, he was about three feet to the left. I drew my bow took a deep breath and released. That's when I saw the fish with my arrow in him jump out of the water, I knew I had a great fish on. I killed it according to law and am taking him tomorrow to get my citation!! Great way to end a miserable day.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Another Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Attached is a picture of another snakehead that I caught in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. This one was 16 inches long.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on June 16, 2015 | Permalink

Big Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I was bow fishing in Mattawoman Creek on 6-14-15 and shot a couple snakehead fish. This one came in at 15.4 pounds.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Sean Ferritor, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 16, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead in Savage

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Little Patuxent River

Here is a snakehead that I caught in the river at Savage Mill last night. This is the third one a buddy of mine and I have caught out of the same spot in the last couple of weeks. One day we hooked seven and only got one in. There are a bunch of them in there.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Norman Shenton, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 16, 2015 | Permalink

Chicamacomico Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

Caught this snakehead on 6/13/15 in the Chicamacomico River. He was 26.5 inches long. Hooked another but got off at shore line. Ate him for dinner.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 15, 2015 | Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Marcelo caught this asian snakehead (about 12 inches long) in the Little Patuxent River just off the WB & A Trail in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. We wanted to report this catch and we have seen several others in the river.

Tags: northen snakehead, invasive


  1. Shawnn Lucas, Recreational Angler
  2. Cheverly, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on June 12, 2015 | Permalink

Bladensburg Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Bladensburg Waterfront

I caught this snakehead at Bladensburg Waterfront 6/10/2015. It was 35 and 15.5 lbs.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. George Johnson Jr., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 9, 2015 | Permalink

What is this Baby Fish?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South River

I was catching grass shrimp for perch fishing yesterday (6/6/15) in the South River and I caught this in my net. I thought it was a minnow but a closer look at it made me think maybe a snakehead. It has similar colors and fin features but it was so small it was hard to tell. Was wondering if someone could tell me what it was.

DNR Response: That is a naked goby, commonly mistaken by anglers for a baby northern snakehead. The naked goby is a very common little fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The naked goby reaches a maximum size of about 2-1/2 and is very secretive; often hiding in oyster shell bars and various bottom debris and sea grass. They can be identified by 9 to 11 vertical dark bars on their sides. Their pelvic fins are shaped into suction like disc that helps them hold on to oyster shells. They often lay their eggs in a dead gaped oyster on the inside of the upper shell and males guard the nest aggressively.

Tags: naked goby

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