Skip to main content

Invasive Snakehead Record Broken in Maryland

Invasive Snakehead Record Broken in Maryland
Andy Fox with his record-breaking northern snakehead caught May 24 in Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Maryland DNR)

snakehead
Andy Fox with his record-breaking northern snakehead caught May 24 in Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Maryland DNR)

When Maryland angler Andy Fox saw the big fish while night bowfishing on Mattawoman Creek, he said, "That's the biggest snakehead I've ever seen."

It ended up being the biggest snakehead ever caught in the state.

The Mechanicsville resident, 41, is now the owner of a state invasive species record in Maryland — a 19.9-pound, 35-plus-inch northern snakehead that beat the previous record of 18.42 pounds caught in 2016, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The record catch came May 24 while Fox was fishing with a couple of friends.


The Maryland agency said in a news release that Fox and friends were hopeful of some great fishing action because of favorable tides, but recent rains made visibility nearly impossible until he caught a glimpse of the fish via the boat's lights.


More stories about State Records

At first, he thought it was a carp, but soon realized it was a huge "frankenfish."

He made quick work with his bow and hauled in the record-breaker, which was officially weighed and certified by the DNR.

He plans to have the fish mounted.

Northern snakeheads are considered an invasive species in Maryland. Current regulations prohibit the importation, possession and transporting of live snakeheads. Anglers are encouraged to catch-and-harvest snakeheads immediately or to release them back in the exact location they were found. There is no minimum size or creel limit, and they can be harvested year-round. To learn more, visit the state's invasive species page.

>> Got a big fish you want to brag about? Share an image with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or G&F's Camera Corner.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight Inflatable Kayak - TESTED!

Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight Inflatable Kayak - TESTED!

If looking for the ultimate kayak that's both portable and lightweight, then consider a quality inflatable like the Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight.

Changing to the Chassis

Changing to the Chassis

Instead of being bedded in a one-piece stock, the Lupo's barreled action is secured to an aluminum chassis. It's one of the Lupo's most obvious departures from conventional deer rifle design. Why did Benelli choose a chassis? Learn about the benefits in episode five of Beyond the Rifle.

Get on Board: Species for Beginner Anglers

Get on Board: Species for Beginner Anglers

With so many people turning to fishing as a way to escape the stress and challenges that have arisen in recent months, we've teamed up with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the National Marine Manufacturers Association to explore some of the freshwater fish species you can target if you're just getting on board with fishing. #TheWaterIsOpen #GetOnBoard

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now