The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that Michael Meade of Upper Marlboro, Maryland set a new state sport fish record with a 17.49-pound northern snakehead while fishing with bow and arrow along Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
World and state fishing records are normally awarded only for fish caught by rod and reel. Maryland makes an exception for three invasive fish species: northern snakehead, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. These species may be caught by any legal recreational harvest method and considered for state record recognition, but only if the fish is dispatched and kept.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also includes an Invasive Species Award category in its annual Maryland Fishing Challenge, a year-long promotion of the state’s excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers who register exceptional catches of Angler Award-eligible size receive award certificates.
To report a potential record catch, call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325.
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources