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Posted on June 4, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Snakehead Tournament

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

We participated in the Potomac snakehead tournament over the weekend May 31st to June 1st. We did not kill the most fish by far, but we did manage to get 3 fish over 15 pounds including the largest fish caught in the contest - 16.78 pounds. Had a real good time, met a lot of good people and got to eat snakehead fish prepared many ways which were all great. I want to say thanks to everyone involved to put a tournament together like this including MD DNR. There were a lot of snakehead removed from the river because of it!

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Posted on May 15, 2014 | Permalink

Getting Rid of the Invasives

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I was able to arrow 11 snakehead fish on 5-13-14 on the Potomac River. A couple of these fish were tagged and most of them had full egg sacks that looked like they would of spawned very soon. The water temp has gone to 73 and I was able to catch a few bass on top water also.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

Posted on April 30, 2014 | Permalink

Bowfishing for Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potoamc River

Shot some more snakehead fish on the Potomac on April 25, this one was 14.5 pounds.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Posted on April 25, 2014 | Permalink

Snakehead Fillets

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

We shot some more snakehead fish on the Potomac on the 21st of April and cleaned most of them on the 22nd. A lot of the fish had several herring in their bellies and some had whole Gizzard Shad that they managed to swallow. I believe these fish have learned quickly about when the shad and herring run and put themselves in the right place at the right time to take advantage of this food source. On the left is Theodore McKenzie and James Berry on the Right.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Posted on April 23, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac River Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I shot some more snakehead fish on the Potomac River on April 21st, the one in this picture weighed 13.5 pounds. Still not seeing very many in day light hours, but I think now that it is getting warmer that will change.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Posted on April 10, 2014 | Permalink

Bowfishing Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I was able to catch this snakehead with my bow in the Potomac River on the 5th of April. I only saw one and think it will be several weeks before I go look again as the river is much colder than this time last year.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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

Posted on May 31, 2013 | Permalink

Where's the SAV in the Potomac?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went bowfishing on Monday the 27th of May on the Potomac River. I was able to get several snakehead fish including a couple tagged ones. There does not seem to be much SAV this year and as a result most creeks remain muddy. I wonder if it is late in growing or will it grow at all this year.

DNR Response: Most of the SAV in the Potomac are tuber-forming perennials, so they return reliably to the same spots year after year. It's likely that the relatively cool spring resulted in later than normal emergence of SAV from the sediment, which combined with the muddy water could slow growth. May/June is when the Potomac grasses typically reach full canopy, so I would expect to see rapidly increasing coverage of SAV over the next month.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, SAV

Posted on May 15, 2013 | Permalink

Lots of Female Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

On Thursday the 9th of May I went bowfishing on the Potomac River for Snakeheads. This time out I saw tons of Snakeheads and they seemed to be spawning. I killed 7 of them. Most were full of eggs but a couple looked like they had just dropped their eggs. I have a question for DNR. Do you find male Snakehead fish with white sperm sacks in them like other fish have when you clean them? I have killed plenty and never seem to find any males, in fact they always seem to be full of eggs.

DNR Response: There are definitely males with testis that produce sperm. The sperm or milt is likely whitish. I know it is difficult to find the testis in a male. Because eggs are more obvious to the naked eye, it's easier to identify a female sometimes.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on May 7, 2013 | Permalink

Another Tagged Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went bow fishing on Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of May. I caught several Snakeheads including another tagged one. I shot one Snakehead that had eaten a Gizzard Shad that was still hanging out of his month. I could not pull the fish out, I took these photos after I cleaned the fish. It was a mouth full to say the least. All of these fish were taken on the Potomac River. I have also called in the fish with the tag.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

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