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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


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:
8
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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Stephen Dean
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 24, 2015 Permalink

Mill Creek Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mill Creek
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught this 25.5 inc, 5lbs 5oz snakehead in Mill Creek on live minnow.

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Dale Fairall
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 23, 2015 Permalink

Caught One Snakehead But Lots of Babies in the Water

Type: Tidal
Location: Cambridge
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

I caught one snakehead. It was approximately 24-28 inches . I measured my shoe when I got home and it was 12". I used a live minnow to catch the snakehead. I was in Cambridge. MD, I took Airey Rd just pass the Wal-Mart, made a right after Cindy's (Red Building) I think it is a restaurant and followed that road for several miles until I came to the first Bridge with a boat ramp.

My wife saw a bunch of little things swimming around and thought they were water beetles. They kept moving and going down under the water and coming back up. At first I could not tell what they were. Then all of a sudden I saw the snakehead. I realized that they were the babies of the snakehead. I threw my minnow at the snakehead babies and then the fight was on. I went back to see if I could see any more snakeheads. All I saw was 3 more pods of babies snakeheads. They were to the right of the ramp by the lily pads.

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Laura Downey
Recreational Angler
Jessup, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 22, 2015 Permalink

Mallows Bay Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mallows Bay
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

This 24" snakehead was caught at Mallows Bay on June 20, 2015. I caught it while kayak fishing in the back "creek" area. Lure used: frog with rubber string legs. I had snakehead for supper that night - it was very delicious!

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