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Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink

Where Can I Catch Snakehead?

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I was just wondering where I can catch snakeheads with a nontidal fishing license. It seems like people only catch them in tidal waters.

DNR Response:The occurrences of snakehead in non-tidal ponds have been relatively rare. When they get into ponds, itís either because people illegally put them there or because the pond becomes connected to the streams through flooding or super high tides. Luckily, we donít have and donít want snakeheads in non-tidal impoundments like Prettyboy Reservoir (for example). Snakeheads may not cause extinctions of species, but snakeheads definitely alter the flow of energy in an ecosystem, which can lead to some unpredictable consequences. The MD DNR spent a lot of money and time to get rid of them in the ponds in Crofton. Because that level of effort is just not cost effective in a system like the Potomac River, weíre happy to see anglers fishing and harvesting snakehead. So, thanks for your interest in helping to control the species!

If you wanted to try your hand at fishing for snakehead, Bumpy Oak Pond is a tidally influenced pond that seems to be pretty good for anglers but for better opportunities youíll need to get a Tidal Sport Fishing license ($15), there are definitely places to catch snakehead from the shore of the Potomac River. Good luck out there!

Tags: Northern Snakehead