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Posted on June 3, 2013 | Permalink

Baby Snakeheads?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I caught a 15 inch Smallmouth Bass this Thursday (May 30) in the Potomac River. Also I saw a lot of tiny dark fish in the water, see attached pic. They look like baby Snakeheads like in my hometown in China. I want to know are they really baby Snakeheads?

DNR Response: Dechun, if this photo was taken in the tidal portion of the Potomac River then it is possible those are small Snakehead but itís impossible to confirm based on the photo.

DNR Follow up by Biologist John Mullican: Based on my knowledge of the river, the small black fry are almost certainly Smallmouth Bass fry. The school looks like it is beginning to disperse and the angler most likely caught the guarding male. The initial spawning activity was disrupted by high water so the bass spawned when the water levels fell to acceptable levels.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Northern Snakehead