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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.

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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. John Arguelles, Recreational Angler
  2. Mechanicsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 30, 2013 | Permalink

My First Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Near Smallwood State Park

My first ever Snakehead caught on September 28, 2013 on the Potomac River near Smallwood State Park. It was caught on a crankbait while bass fishing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Kevin Vogt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 20, 2013 | Permalink

Report Eastern Shore Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater River

I understand snakeheads caught in the Blackwater River are to be reported. On Saturday 9/14 we caught (4) snakeheads ranging in size from 16" to 13" long while bass fishing from the wooden foot bridge that crosses the river near Harrisville road. Attached is a photo of these fish which were cleaned and eaten.

DNR Response: I contacted Lou Smith who fished with Kevin to bring in these snakeheads. One snakehead was caught at Blackwater River a couple of years ago. This report will also be sent over to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Thank you guys for reporting the snakeheads and harvesting them! If you catch anymore from those eastern shore rivers, let us know because we’re getting tissue samples for genetics work.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Joel Leaf, Recreational Angler
  2. Woodbine
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on September 17, 2013 | Permalink

Snakehead Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac River

I am an avid fishman and have recently been on the eradication binge. I have been out twice trying to catch snakehead fish and I am wondering if there are any places where the population is overwhelming. Also if there are any tips or tricks I may not know about. Please let me know. Thank you.

DNR's Response: The heaviest snakehead populations have traditionally been found in Mattawoman Creek on the Maryland side and Dogue Creek on the Virginia side, another popular location is Mallows Bay. Search the Angler's Log for Snakehead submissions to find other sites.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Roger Chin, Recreational Angler
  2. Lusby, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2013 | Permalink

Caught a Snakehead by Hand

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman

My big snakehead catch by hand, grabbed it in the weeds of the Mattawoman while shore fishing. Not so aggressive after all.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Zach Ditmars, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 5, 2013 | Permalink

Finally Hooked a Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

After five trips to the Potomac this summer, I FINALLY hooked my first snakehead. I was kayak fishing in Mallows Bay on Labor Day when this 18.5” fish hit a topwater mouse in thick weeds. I made buffalo snakehead bites for dinner and they were quite good!!

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 24
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Posted on September 4, 2013 | Permalink

Blue Cat and Snakehead Bowfishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Indian Head and Potomac

We went Blue Catfish and snakehead bowfishing this weekend on the Potomac and at Indian Head. My buddy Franklin caught a 35 lb catfish and I shot this 45 lb catfish. Also pictured are some blue cats and snakeheads we shot.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Blue Cstfish


  1. Tyler Bryant, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 4, 2013 | Permalink

Kayak Fishing at Mattawoman

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I caught this 28.5" snakehead while kayak fishing Mattawoman Creek on Saturday, August 17, 2013 using a scum frog and working the insides of the lilly pads. I also caught another 21" snakehead, an 18" Blue Catfish, and 2 largemouth the same day.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Blue Catifsh, Largemouth Bass


  1. todoyoshi, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 3, 2013 | Permalink

Where to Find Snakeheads

Type: All
Region: All
Location: All

To the snakehead fisherman looking for where to find them, there is an excellent site linked from the DNR site: http://nas.er.usgs.gov//queries/collectioninfo.aspx?SpeciesID=2265 Early morning, or night time are the most prolific bites!

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Steve Burgess, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 29, 2013 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Large Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I caught this 26 inch snakehead in Mattawoman Creek on Sunday, August 25. It hit a buzzbait pulled through the weeds.

Tags: Northern Snakehead


  1. Brian Huynh, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on August 29, 2013 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Where Can I Snakehead Fish from Shore?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I saw a post where you responded to another angler about where to fish for snakeheads. I tried Bumpy Oak Pond. The first visit, I had numerous hits but no solid hook ups. The last three visits, either a good amount of the population has been fished out or they have simply been inactive. It's a bit frustrating haha but I decided it might be worth a try to fish on Mattawoman Creek, where the pond originally got it's snakehead population from. I parked on the corner of Livingston Rd and Hawthorne. I traveled along the edges but most of the water it seemed, was only accessible through kayaks. Is there anywhere on Mattowoman creek to fish for snakeheads by shore?

DNR Response: You could try to fish from the pier at Smallwood State Park or Slavin’s Wharf in Indian Head. You can also do a search here on the Angler’s Log for Mattawoman Creek to see where other anglers have been catching snakeheads, though I think many are kayak fishing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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