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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


Michael A. Rucker
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Snakeheads in Chicamacomico River

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

I caught and killed these 2 snakeheads on Saturday, June 13 in the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County. I launched my boat at the New Bridge RD boat ramp just below Salem and caught them within a mile or so south of the bridge. The first fish was approximately 20 to 22 inches and the second was approximately 16 inches.

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Robert Oyaski
Recreational Angler
Lusby
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Bow Hunting Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Spillway Across from Lake Lariat
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Hi there I'm a 23 year old up and coming bow fisher. This huge 34 inch, 11lb snakehead met his demise today 6/15/2015 at 6:45 pm. The rain had just stopped for a bit so I figured I'd go give it a shot. I headed to the spillway across from Lake Lariat in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates of Lusby, Maryland. I walked around the small pond to see if I could see anything and I saw this monster but didn't have my bow and spooked it off, normally you get once chance. I went and grabbed my bow out of the car and came back to the spot I originally saw him, he was about three feet to the left. I drew my bow took a deep breath and released. That's when I saw the fish with my arrow in him jump out of the water, I knew I had a great fish on. I killed it according to law and am taking him tomorrow to get my citation!! Great way to end a miserable day.

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Marcelo Stenzel
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: June 17, 2015 Permalink

Another Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Little Patuxent River
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

Attached is a picture of another snakehead that I caught in the Little Patuxent River in the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Odenton. This one was 16 inches long.

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James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
36
Sent in on: June 16, 2015 Permalink

Big Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Location: Mattawoman Creek
Tags: Northern Snakehead, Invasive

I was bow fishing in Mattawoman Creek on 6-14-15 and shot a couple snakehead fish. This one came in at 15.4 pounds.

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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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