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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.

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes. All Photos will be made available on Fisheries Service Flickr Page.

There will be random drawings throughout the year 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.

search the logs: 

  1. James Berry, Recreational Angler
  2. Chesapeake Beach, Md
  3. Total Reports: 37
  4. View all reports by James Berry →

Posted on May 5, 2015 | Permalink

Bow Fishing for Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went bow fishing on Saturday 5-2-15 on the Potomac and was able to get some snake head fish.

DNR Response: As a reminder, if you catch a tagged snakehead be sure to contact through the information on the tag. The purpose of the tagging study is to determine patterns of movement, estimate population size, and individual growth rates.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Brian Decker, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Brian Decker →

Posted on May 5, 2015 | Permalink

Invasive Catch in Prince Georges County Pond

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: School House Pond

I caught this 28" snakehead fish on May 2,2015 from School House pond in upper Marlboro MD. We did not release it back into the pond, instead it was killed in accordance with state law. Who knew they like spinner baits?!

DNR Response: Thank you for removing and killing this invasive species. As a reminder, it is illegal to transport and release live northern snakehead into Maryland waters.

Tags: Invasive, Northern Snakehead

  1. Shawnn Lucas, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Shawnn Lucas →

Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Bladensburg Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park

17" snakehead caught at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. I didn't have a scale to weigh it.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Michael Luzier, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
  3. View all reports by Michael Luzier →

Posted on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

I caught a 24 inch snakehead in Chicamacomico River at the new bridge ramp on April 24 at 7:00 pm.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

  1. Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 50
  3. View all reports by Joey Love →

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Permalink

DC Fisheries 2nd Annual Snakehead Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: DC Metro Area

DC Fisheries is hosting a snakehead tournament on May 16, 2015. Bring as many harvested snakehead as you have to the weigh-in site between 1 - 2 pm to be eligible for some cool prizes. Fish may be caught in any jurisdiction, but must be euthanized in a manner consistent with law.

Check out the Snakehead Tournament flyer for more information.

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. Jeff Guy, Recreational Angler
  2. Queenstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by Jeff Guy →

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Permalink

Blackwater Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

I visited the refuge on Saturday, April 18th and on two different occasions, and spotted a Northern Snakehead fish.

The pictures I am submitting are both of the same fish which was the second fish I spotted.

The first one I saw was much larger and was in the main section of the refuge. I did not get a picture of that one.

Unfortunately, I only “saw” them and didn’t catch either one.

Tags: northern snakehead

  1. Bryce Mason, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 3
  3. View all reports by Bryce Mason →

Posted on April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: South of Alexandria

1st of the year south of Alexandria, caught on long jerkbait. He now is on ice waiting for his new home in my buddy's belly.

Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

  1. David Fisher, Recreational Angler
  2. St Michaels
  3. Total Reports: 1
  4. View all reports by David Fisher →

Posted on April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Dorchester County Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Chicamacomico River

Here's a 23” northern snakehead - Chicamacomico River in Dorchester county - caught during a club bass tournament on Sunday April 12, 2015 – I was casting a green pumpkin senko rigged whacky style – catch location was approx. 1.2 miles down river from the New Bridge ramp – fish was killed and brought home to be eaten.

DNR Response: Thank you David for catching , keeping and reporting this snakehead, by submitting your entry into the Angler's Log, your catch qualifies for the Maryland Fishing Challenges Invasive Species Component. You will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season, to learn more go to


  1. Richie Bowen, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 6
  3. View all reports by Richie Bowen →

Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Tips

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

I've been fishing here in Breton Bay every year of my life and this one was a first. Not sure if it's a bad sign or not but while fishing on my kayak I came across a 22 inch dead snakehead. The good thing was it was dead. The bad thing was that it was here. I've tried to catch them before here but I've never gotten a bite or any evidence of them being here. Any tips on bait to use to catch them?

DNR Response: They aren't frequently caught in Breton Bay, but I've heard reports from there. This time of year, many of them are moving a lot to find spawning grounds. They tend to move more upstream and into fresher water. Often times, you'll see them at the base of spillways or small dams. As for a good bait to use, we summarized data on that and have it presented here: You can also search the angler's log for what's working on snakehead. I know a lot of folks bow hunt for them, but traditional tackle like spinners and frogs can work depending on the season you're fishing. I haven't heard of too many people baiting their hooks with live minnows, but I suspect that would work too. If you're interested, there's a Potomac Snakehead Tournament out of Smallwood in June. They have bow hunters and anglers, and this year they're including folks targeting blue catfish as well. Take care and good luck!

Tags: northern snakehead

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

Posted on March 17, 2015 | Permalink

Time To Get Excited

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Dorchester County

It's time to get excited!!!...a trip to the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County confirmed my intuition...white perch to 13"...bass to early snakehead bite...yellow perch...crappie...bluegill...catfish...carp...were all hungry and feeding with the first warm blast...things are looking up my cousin Ricky...and my friend Tom and enjoyed an incredible won't catch em sitting home...get out enjoy what the great state of Maryland has to offer!!!

Tags: white perch, carp, bluegill, largemouth bass, norhtenr snakehead, yellow perch

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