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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 random drawings throughout the year 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. Marcelo Stenzel, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
  3. View all reports by Marcelo Stenzel →

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
  4. View all reports by Shawnn Lucas →

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


  1. Sharon Day, Recreational Angler
  2. Joppa, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on June 2, 2015 | Permalink

Five Less Snakeheads at Blackwater

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Happy to report there are 5 less snakeheads at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. I caught these aliens east of the Rt. 335 bridge, on May 30, 2015. They were 26.5", 24", 23.25", 18.5" and 16.5" in length. Now, let's see how they taste!

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive


  1. Joe Gillespie, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on June 2, 2015 | Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Little Patuxent River

Joe caught this 26 incher on the Little Patuxent River and is now entered into the invasive species drawing component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 49
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Posted on June 1, 2015 | Permalink

265 Snakeheads In Less Than 24 Hours

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Snakehead archers and anglers participating in the PotomacSnakehead.com Tournament brought in 265 snakeheads from the Potomac River in less than 24 hours. It was almost a ton of snakeheads, weighing in at 1871 pounds. The biggest snakehead was about 15 pounds. It spread awareness and helped lower biomass of an invasive species in Maryland. Everyone enjoyed a great time filled with live music, and free food and drinks.

Tags: northern snakhead


  1. Kenny day, Recreational Angler
  2. Joppa, MD
  3. Total Reports: 6
  4. View all reports by Kenny day →

Posted on June 1, 2015 | Permalink

Blackwaters Variety

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwaters

My wife and I had a great day of fishing at Blackwaters, upriver from Route 335 and caught a nice mix of fish including 7 largemouth bass up to 18", 12 snakeheads up to 26.5", one crappie, one yellow perch and one white perch. I caught 7 of the snakeheads, their lengths were 25", 23.25", 22.5", 21", 16.5", 16" and 16". Two of them were females that were still carrying eggs. I caught most of my fish on poppers, one or two on large swimbaits. All fish were kept and will provide friends and family with many meals.

Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead, invasive, crappie, yellow perch, white perch


  1. Chaz Greeley, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 1, 2015 | Permalink

Bowfishing For Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I fished the lower Potomac last night and ended up shooting my two biggest snakeheads. This one is 18 lbs and shot another at 16 lbs.

DNR Note: The current State record for a northern snakehead is 16.94 lbs., if you believe you have a potential state record of any species be sure to put the fish on ice and call DNR at 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325, an application is online as well.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Noah Holloway, Recreational Angler
  2. Scaggsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
  4. View all reports by Noah Holloway →

Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Found in Little Patuxent River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Found in Little Patuxent River

I was fishing at the Little Patuxent River in Savage, MD when my buddy noticed a fish, resembling a snakhead come to the top for air. In disbelief, I climbed a tall boulder and put on my fishing glasses. Sure enough what looked to be about a 30 inch snakehead was laying on a sandy bottom in about two feet of water. The hunt was on to try to capture this savage fish. After throwing a gulp minnow near the sighting, I was able to catch a much smaller 15 inch snakehead. Not the fight I was hoping to get on my first snakehead, but none the less, one more dead snakehead. I have fished this pool and the surrounding ones all spring and this is the first I have seen or even heard of in this river. Probably the reason why I didn't catch any trout there today…

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive


  1. Alexis Gómez, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Alexis Gómez →

Posted on May 28, 2015 | Permalink

16 Pound Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Leesylvania State Park

I caught this 32 inch, 16 pound snakehead at Leesylvania State Park.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

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