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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. 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, itís either because people illegally put them there or because the pond becomes connected to the streams through flooding or super high tides. Luckily, we donít have and donít 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, weíre 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 youíll 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 (PCBís). Both PCBís 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 PCBís 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


  1. Gary Mann, Recreational Angler
  2. Salisbury, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on July 12, 2013 | Permalink

Tony Tank Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Tony Tank

This snakehead was caught in Tony Tank between Camden Ave and Riverside Drive. This is the second snakehead I have seen in Tony Tank in the last month. They were about the same size and both were killed. I hate to see such a great fishing place destroyed by these nasty predators. Any suggestions?

DNR Response:Thanks for killing those fish and sending in the information to MD DNR! A handful of individuals have reported from the Salisbury each year for the past couple of years. I think they got there from the Nanticoke watershed because thatís where they were first seen in eastern shore rivers. Killing the fish when theyíre encountered is probably the best defense we have. It is a good fish to eat too Ė so try it out! While snakehead isnít going to wipe out species from the Tony Tank, it definitely doesnít belong there and it definitely does change the ecosystem. The cast of characters for that area is now changed and we donít know what that will inevitably mean to the area. We donít want it to negatively affect fishing for other species either. Iím hopeful that your actions will help keep the biomass of the species so low that its impact in the ecosystem is negligible.

From May until September is the best time to kill them. They form mating pairs during that time and reproduce. If you can kill the adults, then the offspring are likely to get eaten as well. In practice, Iíve learned that anglers are the best defense we have right now against them becoming super abundant and spreading out. If you get one, make sure itís killed. If you talk with other folks, make sure they know how to kill them. Those are some of the best suggestions we have.

Keep sending in the Anglerís reports! They help encourage other anglers to target the fish too.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  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: 12
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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: 27
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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

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