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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


Brett Poffenberger
Recreational Angler
Williamsport
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Upper Potomac Flatheads

Type: Freshwater
Location: Upper Potomac
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

I've been catching a lot of flatheads in the upper Potomac. Mainly in front of the dams. Most fish are in the five to ten pound range but have caught a few fifteen pounders and one fish a little over twenty. All fish were caught on live bait.

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Sean Ferritor
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead in Savage

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Here is a snakehead that I caught in the river at Savage Mill last night. This is the third one a buddy of mine and I have caught out of the same spot in the last couple of weeks. One day we hooked seven and only got one in. There are a bunch of them in there.

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Norman Shenton
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Chicamacomico Snakehead

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

Caught this snakehead on 6/13/15 in the Chicamacomico River. He was 26.5 inches long. Hooked another but got off at shore line. Ate him for dinner.

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Marcelo Stenzel
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 15, 2015 Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: northen snakehead, invasive

Marcelo caught this asian snakehead (about 12 inches long) in the Little Patuxent River just off the WB & A Trail in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. We wanted to report this catch and we have seen several others in the river.

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Sharon Day
Recreational Angler
Joppa, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 2, 2015 Permalink

Five Less Snakeheads at Blackwater

Type: Tidal
Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Happy to report there are 5 less snakeheads at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. I caught these aliens east of the Rt. 335 bridge, on May 30, 2015. They were 26.5", 24", 23.25", 18.5" and 16.5" in length. Now, let's see how they taste!

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Joe Gillespie
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: June 2, 2015 Permalink

Little Patuxent Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Joe caught this 26 incher on the Little Patuxent River and is now entered into the invasive species drawing component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

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Dylan Nickoles
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
5
Sent in on: June 1, 2015 Permalink

Conowingo Flathead - Great Fighting Fish

Type: Tidal
Location: Conowingo Dam
Tags: flathead catfish, invasive

Dylan Nickoles with more flatheads from the Conowingo Dam, great fighting fish. Biggest one of that day was 37" and 27lb I even received a citation for it.

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Kenny day
Recreational Angler
Joppa, MD
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: June 1, 2015 Permalink

Blackwaters Variety

Type: Tidal
Location: Blackwaters
Tags: largemouth bass, northern snakehead, invasive, crappie, yellow perch, white perch

My wife and I had a great day of fishing at Blackwaters, upriver from Route 335 and caught a nice mix of fish including 7 largemouth bass up to 18", 12 snakeheads up to 26.5", one crappie, one yellow perch and one white perch. I caught 7 of the snakeheads, their lengths were 25", 23.25", 22.5", 21", 16.5", 16" and 16". Two of them were females that were still carrying eggs. I caught most of my fish on poppers, one or two on large swimbaits. All fish were kept and will provide friends and family with many meals.

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Chaz Greeley
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 1, 2015 Permalink

Bowfishing For Snakeheads

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

I fished the lower Potomac last night and ended up shooting my two biggest snakeheads. This one is 18 lbs and shot another at 16 lbs.

DNR Note: The current State record for a northern snakehead is 16.94 lbs., if you believe you have a potential state record of any species be sure to put the fish on ice and call DNR at 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325, an application is online as well.

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Noah Holloway
Recreational Angler
Scaggsville, MD
Total Reports:
3
Sent in on: May 28, 2015 Permalink

Snakehead Found in Little Patuxent River

Type: Freshwater
Location: Found in Little Patuxent River
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I was fishing at the Little Patuxent River in Savage, MD when my buddy noticed a fish, resembling a snakhead come to the top for air. In disbelief, I climbed a tall boulder and put on my fishing glasses. Sure enough what looked to be about a 30 inch snakehead was laying on a sandy bottom in about two feet of water. The hunt was on to try to capture this savage fish. After throwing a gulp minnow near the sighting, I was able to catch a much smaller 15 inch snakehead. Not the fight I was hoping to get on my first snakehead, but none the less, one more dead snakehead. I have fished this pool and the surrounding ones all spring and this is the first I have seen or even heard of in this river. Probably the reason why I didn't catch any trout there today…

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