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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@maryland.gov. 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


Wesley Hughes
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 30, 2015 Permalink

Tyaskin Creek Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Tyaskin Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, invasive

I caught 2 snakeheads in one week in Tyaskin Creek. That is 3 total so far.

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Chris Abbott
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 28, 2015 Permalink

Chicamacomico Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Chicamacomico River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I was fishing the Chicamacomico River at the bridge on New Bridge Road in Dorchester County Sunday morning between 6:00 am and 7:00 am and caught 2 snakeheads. The first one I was unable to land but I did get him out of the water long enough to identify it and estimate it's weight at 6-7 lbs. The second was roughly 12" long and 1-2 lbs. I did not return it to the water. I enclosed a picture of the smaller one for identification purposes.

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Lena Harbaugh
Recreational Angler
Sabillasville, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 27, 2015 Permalink

Another Invasive Out of the Water

Type: Freshwater
Location: Just off of River RD.
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

I caught this just over 16 lb, 34" flathead catfish just off of River RD. My husband, Jesse Hoffman, and I spent about four hours of no action before catching this guy. We tag teamed the catch, me with the pole and Jesse with the net making sure this one didn’t get away. We used live bluegill caught out of the Monocacy to catch him. We took it to Fox's Sport and Bait in Frederick, MD to have it registered.

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Annette Marriner
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 23, 2015 Permalink

Baby Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Wicomico River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Is this a snakehead? Caught in minnow trap in the Wicomico River.

DNR Response: Yes, that's a snakehead! They are in the Wicomico and it's not the first we've heard of one caught by a minnow trap.

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Roger
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 14, 2015 Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead Full of Eggs

Type: Non-tidal
Location: Marshyhope Creek
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this snakehead fish on the Marshyhope Creek July 12th, 2015. I caught it on a buzzbait. It was caught at the Federalsburg boat ramp in the marina in the southwest corner of the ramp that no one uses. It was 18 3/4” long and weighed 2 lb. 4oz. The fish was full of eggs and also full of long coiled up red worms. The worms were in the eggs as well as in the meat of the filet.

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Adam Weishaupt
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 13, 2015 Permalink

Transquaking River Snakhead

Type: Tidal
Location: Transquaking River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Here is a picture of snakehead fish caught in the Transquaking River on July 10, 2015. One is 18" long and one is 20" long.

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Adam Colvin
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: July 13, 2015 Permalink

Cove Point Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Cove Point
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught and killed and ate this northern snakehead in Cove Point, MD on July 7, 2015. It was 30 inches and caught on a five inch pumpkin and chartreuse senko.

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Nathan Newberry
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 13, 2015 Permalink

Marshyhope Snakehead

Type: Non-tidal
Location: Marshyhope
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Wanted to report a snakehead caught 7-9-15 on the Marshyhope within site of the county ramp at Federalsburg. Approx 25"and 6 lbs and appeared to be loaded with eggs.

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Peter Cannavino
Recreational Angler
California, MD
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: June 29, 2015 Permalink

St Mary's Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Spillway Below St. Mary’s Lake
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this 25” Northern Snakehead on Saturday June 28th in the spillway below St. Mary’s Lake in St. Mary’s County. It was caught using a brown yamamoto senko with pink tail on a 5’ ultralight rod. Fish was full of eggs and summarily killed and enjoyed as dinner.

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Robert Conway
Recreational Angler
Crofton, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 26, 2015 Permalink

Patuxent Snakehead

Type: Non-tidal
Location: Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Robert caught this northern snakehead in the Patuxent River near Crofton.

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