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Old August 13th, 2019, 12:59 PM #11
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We have our own invasive fish in Maryland which is going to become a real mess in the next 5-10 years. The Northern Snakehead is now found in nearly every river from the Potomac across the bay to the Nanticoke north on both sides of the bay. They have traveled through the C&D into the Delaware and are now being caught in the Schuylkill River in Philly. They have a insatiable appetite and will eat anything they can catch including small mammals, baby waterfowl and every species of native fish. They can grow up to 18" in their first year, are sexually mature at 2 years, spawn multiple times per season, lay over 100,000 eggs during their spawns and can double their population in 15 months. (to put it into perspective one female can create up to 12 million mature offspring in 3 years through generational reproduction) I caught several last week on the Middle and Gunpowder river up to six pounds. They can grow to over 15 pounds. Marine biologists claim that the finfish biomass in the Blackwater refuge is now 80-90% snakehead and they have decimated the population of perch, bass and sunfish. They will eat fish up to 2/3rds of their own length and can survive for days, maybe weeks in little to no water. The upside is that unlike the Asian Carp which is mediocre table fare at best, snakeheads are delicious..I rank them up there with flounder or sea bass. They have also recently been caught in Loch Raven above the dams and in little Seneca lake in MOCO. Because the lay so many eggs, waterfowl easy spread them so eventually they will find their way into most of the freshwater inpoundments...
I've read that the snakehead panic is not as bad as once thought and in some areas the local fish population is not affected. No idea what the truth is though. I'm curious where you got your info from or if its just the same stuff we all keep repeating to each other? Serious question, I'm not doubting what you stated because really that is the majority opinion.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 01:20 PM #12
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I've read that the snakehead panic is not as bad as once thought and in some areas the local fish population is not affected. No idea what the truth is though. I'm curious where you got your info from or if its just the same stuff we all keep repeating to each other? Serious question, I'm not doubting what you stated because really that is the majority opinion.
The reproduction numbers are from a study conducted by biologists studying them in the Potomac and comparing their information to the reproductive cycle in their native Asian countries. I will try to find the link when I get home. The other info is probably the same info that most of us have been spoon fed by the DNR. The commercial fishermen who use fike and pound nets on the Transquaken and Little Choptank rivers (like all comms) are required to log their harvested catch and their by catch. The numbers of juvinile bass, perch and crappie are at an all time low...In fact zero undersize largemouth bass have been reported in nearly 2 years....it's not looking good down there. I have caught several mature bass while fishing for snakeheads in the Middle and Gunpowder rivers but no undersize. The big snakeheads I caught last week had white and yellow perch in their stomachs. One 22 inch snakehead had a 7 inch yellow perch in it's stomach and a 25 inch snakehead had an 8" white perch in it's stomach. The issue isn't "right now" it's 5-10 years down the road where the population of snakeheads in so large that they eat a large portion of the native fish...the only saving grace is they also will eat their own. Last month they held a tournament for them down Blackwater for both rod and reel and bow fishing. One of the bow guys got a 27" snakehead with a 14" snakehead in it's stomach. The fish was so large it was hanging out of the big fish's mouth..
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The reproduction numbers are from a study conducted by biologists studying them in the Potomac and comparing their information to the reproductive cycle in their native Asian countries. I will try to find the link when I get home. The other info is probably the same info that most of us have been spoon fed by the DNR. The commercial fishermen who use fike and pound nets on the Transquaken and Little Choptank rivers (like all comms) are required to log their harvested catch and their by catch. The numbers of juvinile bass, perch and crappie are at an all time low...In fact zero undersize largemouth bass have been reported in nearly 2 years....it's not looking good down there. I have caught several mature bass while fishing for snakeheads in the Middle and Gunpowder rivers but no undersize. The big snakeheads I caught last week had white and yellow perch in their stomachs. One 22 inch snakehead had a 7 inch yellow perch in it's stomach and a 25 inch snakehead had an 8" white perch in it's stomach. The issue isn't "right now" it's 5-10 years down the road where the population of snakeheads in so large that they eat a large portion of the native fish...the only saving grace is they also will eat their own. Last month they held a tournament for them down Blackwater for both rod and reel and bow fishing. One of the bow guys got a 27" snakehead with a 14" snakehead in it's stomach. The fish was so large it was hanging out of the big fish's mouth..
Thanks I don't need chapter and verse I was really just curious. As much as I like killing and eating fish and game I equally enjoy doing my part to help them prosper. Not just so I can kill more but so that what I kill makes less of an overall impact (not that what I do personally impacts anything). I have yet to fish for Snakeheads. We were trying to get a kayak trip to Blackwater together but something else kept coming up and we haven't as of yet.
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Thanks I don't need chapter and verse I was really just curious. As much as I like killing and eating fish and game I equally enjoy doing my part to help them prosper. Not just so I can kill more but so that what I kill makes less of an overall impact (not that what I do personally impacts anything). I have yet to fish for Snakeheads. We were trying to get a kayak trip to Blackwater together but something else kept coming up and we haven't as of yet.
C&R is legal. you aren't required to kill them. I've released a few small ones. DNR recommends killing them but it's not illegal to let them live. It's going to be interesting to see how it plays out.
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C&R is legal. you aren't required to kill them. I've released a few small ones. DNR recommends killing them but it's not illegal to let them live. It's going to be interesting to see how it plays out.
Really? I thought it was illegal to possess a live snakehead in Maryland?
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Really? I thought it was illegal to possess a live snakehead in Maryland?
It is illegal to possess a LIVE snakehead in MD, which means it is legal to catch and release. Please kill them though. They really are that bad.

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Commercial fishing for them is not economical. Common carp, buffalo and other bottom feeders bring in pennies per pound. Their boat needed to carry the tons of fish needed to make any money would eat all the profits in fuel.
If the market took off it would be economical, which is what I was hoping for. If the market for them got to even half of what Striped bass are here, you'd see a major reduction in their population in a matter of a couple years.
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I remember as a kid every pet store around had snakeheads for sale.
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I've read that the snakehead panic is not as bad as once thought and in some areas the local fish population is not affected. No idea what the truth is though. I'm curious where you got your info from or if its just the same stuff we all keep repeating to each other? Serious question, I'm not doubting what you stated because really that is the majority opinion.
A few Snakeheads were caught in Lock Raven in the fishing center cove a couple weeks ago.
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I remember as a kid every pet store around had snakeheads for sale.
That, and caimens. Don't know who thought that was a good idea
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