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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. Jeffrey Horne, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 11, 2013 | Permalink

Day Off Fishing Mallows Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

My wife and I took the day off on Friday, 7/5 and headed down to the Potomac River. We fished Mallows Bay for approximately 3 hours. We ended up catching two snakeheads and a Largemouth Bass. The smaller snakehead was my first on hook and line. The larger was about 7 pounds.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Northern Snakehead


  1. Aaron Rivera, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 11, 2013 | Permalink

Indian Head Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Indian Head

I am stationed out at Indian Head. And snakeheads are constantly being caught in our marina. I caught this one Monday.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 22
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Posted on July 11, 2013 | Permalink

Potomac River Bowfishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We were snakehead bowfishing on the main line of the Potomac. We managed 6 snakeheads last night before the rain stopped us!

And last Friday the 5th, these snakeheads were all taken off grass flats on the main line of the Potomac with a few 10 lb blue cats all while bowfishing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Blue Catfish


  1. Stephen Mac, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring
  3. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on July 8, 2013 | Permalink

Weekend Snakehead Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Indian Creek

I caught this nice snakehead at Indian Creek over the weekend. Most of the snakeheads were difficult to catch because of the heat but if anybody wants to catch them -try using a squarebill crankbait. Good fishing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 26
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Posted on July 3, 2013 | Permalink

Team Overkill at the Snakehead Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We entered the 2013 Potomac Snakehead tournament that was held at Smallwood State Park on June 29th and 30th.The weather and conditions were far from ideal but we were able to shoot 14 fish weighing just over 107 pounds. That was enough to take first place. Starting at the top left is Mike McDermott top middle is Bret Miron Captain of Team Overkill, top right is Jonathon Hill, bottom right is James Berry and bottom left is Todd Wood. We all had a great time and met a lot of great people. Plenty to eat and drink at the weigh in and lots of door prizes. This tournament was very professional and well organized. I want to give a shout out to all of the competitors that came to congratulate us after winning "true sportsmanship".

Tags: Potomac Snakehead Tournament


  1. Louis Naber, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 2, 2013 | Permalink

Myrtle Grove Snakeheads

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Pond

Here are photos of two snakeheads that were caught in one of the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area ponds. The specific pond is located in the lower end of the tract of land along MD route 225 near the waste water treatment facility. These two fish were caught in the last of the five ponds and were about fourteen to sixteen inches in length. Both fish were destroyed and not released into the waters of the ponds.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Seth Krider, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on July 2, 2013 | Permalink

Salisbury Park Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Salisbury Park

This 18" snakehead was caught at Salisbury Park on a Carolina rig with zoom plastics.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Isaiah Rickman, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 25, 2013 | Permalink

Snakehead Range Question

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Owens Pond, VA

Isaiah Rickman shot a Northern Snakehead in 3 6 ft deep water off a sand bar south of Owens Pond in Virginia. We were fishing over the sandbars that, at the time, were anywhere from 3'-6' deep at shot the snakehead off of the top of one of the bars- about 4' deep. The fish was healthy and fought good, thrashed around on the boat a bit before we dispatched him, even though from what I read online everything says that they are intolerant to salt water.

DNR Response: Thanks Isaiah for your report! Adults and juveniles are capable of tolerating some salt water. The US FWS Maryland Fishery Resources Office has some information on that (http://www.fws.gov/northeast/marylandfisheries/projects/Northern%20Snakehead.html). The salinity was ranging between 11 14 ppt where you were. That fish may have been on its way to the Rappahannock. Its not expected that snakehead will establish itself as a population in areas you were fishing. But, its generally believed that they are capable of leaving the mouth of the Potomac River and navigating the shoreline to the nearby Patuxent or Rappahannock rivers. Thanks for killing the fish and letting us know. To my knowledge, this is the first visually confirmed report of a snakehead being taken from a sandbar along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Jason Carrico, Recreational Angler
  2. Calvert County
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on June 25, 2013 | Permalink

What's Biting at Mattawoman

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

Snakehead and Largemouth Bass hitting at Mattawoman Creek. I caught a 24 inch snakehead and 19 inch Largemouth Bass at Mattawoman Creek on Saturday, June 22 while kayak fishing.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Northern Snakehead


  1. Nick Vega, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on June 24, 2013 | Permalink

Two More Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: NA

Killed 2 more snakeheads , the day before Father's Day I know, I know, everybody is "killing" snakeheads..... but Do you do it in the daylight with bow and arrow , from your kayak????

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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