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Share Your Invasive Catch on the Maryland Invasive Angler's Log

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassWelcome to the Invasive Species' Angler's Log component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge! These entries must contain Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include any of the invasive species listed, at any length in size, will be eligible for a prize via random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale.

To be eligible the entry must include a clear photo of the fish and the fish must be killed by one of the following methods:
  • The head is severed from the dorsal area in line with the pectoral fins completely through the spinal vertebrae; the head does not have to be detached from the fish.
  • At least two gill arches are completely removed from the gill area.
  • The fish has all of its internal organs removed.

Fish must be caught using legal recreational fishing methods. All legal recreational fishing methods and gear are allowed.

Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and a description of your fishing trip to fishingreports@dnr.state.md.us. 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.


Latest Invasive Angler's Log Reports


James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Total Reports:
27
Sent in on: April 23, 2014 Permalink

Potomac River Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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.

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Chris Wells
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 23, 2014 Permalink

Blackwater Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Location: Blackwater
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I was fishing in Blackwater in Dorchester County and I caught 6 Northern Snakeheads of various sizes from16" to 26".

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Mike Rose
Recreational Angler
Salisbury, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 21, 2014 Permalink

Eastern Shore Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Location: Below Sharptown
Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Invasive

I was fishing for White Perch below Sharptown last Saturday and caught quite a few fat blue cats up to around 10 pounds. They are showing up more and more frequently. We were dunking bloodworms. My neighbor loves catfish so I gave 6 blue cats and a few channels. Those blue cats put up a great fight on the very light tackle we were using.

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Nathan Franco
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 17, 2014 Permalink

Large Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive, Largemouth Bass

My name is Nathan Franco. My friend Jesse and I were fishing the lower Potomac on 4/13/14, we had a good day. We landed an 8 pound 27 inch snakehead and two bass. We also had a smaller snakehead bite off at the side of the canoe. I also am wondering why there were hundreds if not thousands of dead fish floating on top of the water. I think they were gizzard shad or silver carp. They were everywhere. We netted one to look at and noticed the eyes were all popped out swollen and red. Do they die after spawning? Is it normal for them to die this time of year? Please let me know.

DNR Response: The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) monitors all fish kills in Maryland, we have a link to their web site on our homepage, their phone number is 1-800-285-8195 during the day. This time of year many species are stressed and die just after spawning, always call in fish kills to the number above if you may come upon one while on the water.

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Lark Creel
Recreational Angler
Laurel, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 15, 2014 Permalink

Deer Creek Catfish

Type: Tidal
Location: Deer Creek
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

I tried to fish Conowingo again but the dam is still wide open so I went over to Susquehanna State Park and fished Deer Creek, where I caught this catfish.

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Anthony Williams
Recreational Angler
N/A
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: April 15, 2014 Permalink

Kings Landing Blue Cat

Type: Tidal
Location: Kings Landing State Park
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

I went fishing at Kings Landing State Park on 4/14 at 11am. Tide was high and wind at 15-20 kt. I fished rod and reel with a basic bottom rig using shrimp to catch this catfish.

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Steve Spellman
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: April 14, 2014 Permalink

Eastern Shore Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Creek off of Blackwater River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Steve Spellman caught, killed and ate this 16 inch Snakehead from a small creek off of Blackwater River in Dorchester County on Saturday, April 13, 2014. He caught it on a crappie jig and minnow while fishing for Crappie and White Perch. It was the first one that he has caught.

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Steve Donaho
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: April 10, 2014 Permalink

Catching Cats on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Blue Catfish, invasive

We went fishing on the lower Potomac River on 4/7/2014. We fished around the Fort Washington area. We caught several nice catfish on cut shad. Biggest was almost 50 lbs and just about wore out my fiance during the fight.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
27
Sent in on: April 10, 2014 Permalink

Bowfishing Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

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.

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David Lowery
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: March 31, 2014 Permalink

Blue Catfish Success

Type: Tidal
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

We went fishing last Sunday (March 23) with my nephew Brandon Reed and my fiance Inga in the Potomac River out of Fort Washington Marina and we managed to catch about 15 Blue Catfish ranging in size from 2 to 28 pounds. Of course, Inga, who had never caught a fish prior to this day, landed the 28 pounder! Brandon was able to catch his personal largest fish on this trip as well, so it was a very successful and fun filled (but cold!) day for everyone.

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