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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.

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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. 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 don’t think it’ll eradicate them from the Potomac River – but it’ll definitely help control the population growth. I usually mention Bumpy Oak Pond as a place to get some snakehead. It’s a non-tidal pond near Mattawoman Creek. Mattawoman Creek is also a good spot to find some. We’ve 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 they’ll send you a certificate and cool “Snakehead Control” hat. There’s a phone number on the tag, along with the words, kill the fish. Check out the angler’s 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. It’s 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
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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
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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
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Posted on July 19, 2013 | Permalink

Night Time Fish Hunt

Type: Tidal
Region:
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We bowfished mattawoman Saturday night and found some clean water and shot 18 snakeheads!

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Thomas Chae, Recreational Angler
  2. Ellicott City, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink

Where Can I Catch Snakehead?

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I was just wondering where I can catch snakeheads with a nontidal fishing license. It seems like people only catch them in tidal waters.

DNR Response:The occurrences of snakehead in non-tidal ponds have been relatively rare. When they get into ponds, it’s either because people illegally put them there or because the pond becomes connected to the streams through flooding or super high tides. Luckily, we don’t have and don’t want snakeheads in non-tidal impoundments like Prettyboy Reservoir (for example). Snakeheads may not cause extinctions of species, but snakeheads definitely alter the flow of energy in an ecosystem, which can lead to some unpredictable consequences. The MD DNR spent a lot of money and time to get rid of them in the ponds in Crofton. Because that level of effort is just not cost effective in a system like the Potomac River, we’re happy to see anglers fishing and harvesting snakehead. So, thanks for your interest in helping to control the species!

If you wanted to try your hand at fishing for snakehead, Bumpy Oak Pond is a tidally influenced pond that seems to be pretty good for anglers but for better opportunities you’ll need to get a Tidal Sport Fishing license ($15), there are definitely places to catch snakehead from the shore of the Potomac River. Good luck out there!

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Bryan Herndon, Recreational Angler
  2. Hagerstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink

Why The Catfish Consumption Advisory?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Leesylvania State Park

I launched my kayak at Leesylvania State Park on Saturday targeting largemouth and snakehead. I ended up catching this 20" catfish. I released it due to the sign at the kayak/canoe launch stating not to eat them if they are over 18". I know the state lines show the area to be in VA, but could you please educate me on why over 18" isn't safe, but under 18" is ok.

DNR Response: There is a consumption advisory in both Maryland and Virginia (tidal Potomac) on Channel Catfish over 18 inches in length due to measured amounts of Polychlorinated biphynel (PCB’s). Both PCB’s and Mercury can accumulate in the tissue of certain fish species as they get larger and feed on smaller fish that contain these contaminants. To test for this, fish are collected and tested for both PCB’s and Mercury at different lengths. If the level of contaminants is greater than set by the EPA, the jurisdictional State issues a consumption advisory. Interestingly, different species of catfish hold varying levels of contaminants. That is why they each may have different size limits set for an advisory.

Tags: Catfish


  1. Alex Hrycak, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink

I'm Acquiring a Snakehead Addiction

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I went back to Mallows Bay to catch snakeheads. I used a ribbit frog as topwater to get this 27 inch snakehead. This fish fought like crazy and towed my kayak about 15 yards while ripping off line. I got two nice fillets off this bad boy. I'm now addicted to targeting this fish for its great fight and taste.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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