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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to 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. Jason Carrico, Recreational Angler
  2. Calvert County
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Jason Carrico →

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
  4. View all reports by Nick Vega →

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

  1. Greg Peterson, Recreational Angler
  2. Mechanicsville
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Greg Peterson →

Posted on June 24, 2013 | Permalink

Snakehead Fun

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Popes Creek

I caught this snakehead at Popes Creek in MD. I live in Mechanicsville. I love bass fishing with my friends and family. I was catfish fishing with two of my friends and I decided to throw a shad colored swim bait. Fishing it slowly next to shore I didn't expect the power of these snakeheads, they put up a great fight. My poor bait got bit in half and my friend hooked into a smaller snakehead with a rattle trap later that night. Didn't get the weight or length of the fish.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Mark Hogan, Recreational Angler
  2. Milford, DE
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Mark Hogan →

Posted on June 19, 2013 | Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Marshyhope

I was bass fishing last night on Marshyhope and caught this snakehead close to route 392 (Harrison Ferry Rd) bridge. I did not measure the fish. I filleted the fish and still have remains in freezer till Monday when the trash comes.

Thought you would like to know in case you have not had reports yet for Marshyhope. This is first one I have heard of.

DNR Response: Thanks for reporting that catch of the snakehead to us! It is the first confirmed snakehead that has been reported on the Marshyhope this year. There have been a few catches in the past 3 – 4 years, but not many. Your removal of that fish will help improve the odds that snakehead will not become established in the Marshyhope in the future. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the meal!

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Chuck Kenney, Recreational Angler
  2. Mechanicsville, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Chuck Kenney →

Posted on June 18, 2013 | Permalink

Looking For Bass, Caught a Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

A friend and I fished around Mallows Bay where I caught this 12 lb + snakehead while fishing for bass.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Vannak Heng, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 4
  3. View all reports by Vannak Heng →

Posted on June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Fishing For Snakehead After The Storm

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We out to the Potomac River off Chain Bridge trying to spear my first snakehead. Best time to spear snakehead is at night when they come by the rocks near shallow water. My buddy Ung made a custom made on his free time and showed me how it's done back in Laos.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Matthew Brown, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Matthew Brown →

Posted on June 14, 2013 | Permalink

Full Grown Sculpin Not Baby Snakehead

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Potomac River

I caught this baby Snakehead in Bloomington, MD in the Potomac River.

DNR Response: Matthew, it's not a snakehead, It's either a Blueridge or Potomac Sculpin. The exact identification is difficult without being able to count fin rays and chin pores. Here is a link to a key to Maryland fishes from Rich Raesly of Frostburg University.

Tags: Blueridge Sculpin, Potomac Sculpin

  1. Alberto Tabian, Recreational Angler
  2. Federick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 4
  4. View all reports by Alberto Tabian →

Posted on June 11, 2013 | Permalink

Check Out This Snakeheads Back

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I was kayak fishing down at the lower Potomac River Saturday 6/8/13 and caught 12 Largemouth Bass and 3 snakeheads 23", 26", 28" with a broken back that could be 30". The 28" it look like it got beat up when it was young.

DNR Response: Alberto, the high arch of the back is a condition called lordosis and is caused by an abnormal development of the spine.

Tags: Northern Snakehead. Largemouth Bass

  1. Dutch Baldwin, Recreational Angler
  2. Indian Head
  3. Total Reports: 22
  4. View all reports by Dutch Baldwin →

Posted on June 11, 2013 | Permalink

How Long Does it Take to Clean 370 lbs of Snakehead?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Dutch and the boys, Franklin Shotwell, Landon Milstead and Eric Hitch here again for our weekend snakehead report. We mopped up the snakeheads this weekend. Saturday night we managed to fill almost to the top 2 - 150 quart coolers with all snakeheads. It was a total of 54 snakeheads weighing in at 370.4 lbs. We fished the Maryland shore line of the river. Started at 9:00pm Saturday and ended at 3:30am Sunday morning. We had a perfect tide with clear water. We also cleaned almost every fish. Took 4 guys 4 hours to clean them.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

  1. Nick Vega, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
  3. View all reports by Nick Vega →

Posted on June 10, 2013 | Permalink

What's the Snakehead World Record?

Type: Tidal

I've kill one more Snakehead, and its numbers came up to 35 inches and 17.5 pounds... I just want to know if we have some kind of state record or something like that...because the previous snakehead that I killed, it was shorter than this, but heavier…I remember it was 18 pounds. If you guys have any information about any state record. I would appreciate it.

DNR Response: Maryland does not have a State Record for Snakeheads. The world record from Japan is set at 17 lbs 4 oz . There was a fish over 18 pounds caught last year but The International Game Fish Association, which keeps the world records, likes to have girth and length measurements for record-breakers, and this wasn’t done. This year, we have heard of an angler catching a 17 pounds 6 oz in Aquia Creek. He is in the process of getting it certified by the International Game Fish Association. If in the future you are certain you have a world record, then he’ll need to have it officially weighed in and contact the World Records Coordinator, Jack Vitek at 954-924-4246 or Whether it’s a world record or not, Great Job!

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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