Snakehead are getting into more and more rivers and creeks. The best places to catch them are at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and along the Potomac River in places like Mallows Bay and Mattawoman Creek, which you can access at Smallwood State Park.
- 1 Are there snakeheads in the Potomac River?
- 2 Where are snakeheads found in Virginia?
- 3 Where can I fish for snakeheads?
- 4 What’s the best bait for snakehead?
- 5 Are snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay?
- 6 Can snakehead fish be eaten?
- 7 Does Lake Anna have snakeheads?
- 8 What is the best time to catch snakehead?
- 9 What eats the snakehead fish?
- 10 What is the biggest snakehead ever caught?
Are there snakeheads in the Potomac River?
Northern Snakeheads were discovered in Virginia in 2004 and may be found in the Potomac River almost anywhere – from above Great Falls downstream to Chesapeake Bay.
Where are snakeheads found in Virginia?
Northern snakehead is native to China, Russia and the Korean peninsula but has been found in Virginia in the Potomac River, Lake Anna, the Rappahannock River, Burke Lake and Lakeview Reservoir. The fish in Lake Frederick is the first confirmed sighting of the fish in the Shenandoah River drainage.
Where can I fish for snakeheads?
In the Virginia/Maryland region the best place to catch snakehead is still tributaries of the Potomac between Great Falls and the 301 bridge. They’ve established populations in many other bodies of water around here but the Potomac still has the highest concentration.
What’s the best bait for snakehead?
Best Snakehead Fishing Baits
- Mummichog minnow (the bigger the better)
- Other small fish of any species.
Are snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay?
Northern Snakehead Channa argus, a nonnative species to North America, was discovered in 2004 in tidal freshwater of the Potomac River, the second largest drainage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since then Northern Snakehead has expanded its range throughout much of Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Can snakehead fish be eaten?
Interest has been picking up lately in the invasive fish species the northern snakehead (Channa Argus). This has led to many people wondering if you can eat snakehead. The short answer is yes, northern snakehead is an excellent fish to eat. Snakehead meat is firm, white and flaky.
Does Lake Anna have snakeheads?
Northern Snakehead is an exotic species that was first discovered in Virginia in the Potomac River in 2004. Since that time, they have been discovered in nine additional bodies of water including Lakeview Reservoir, Lake Anna, the Rappahannock River, and Burke Lake.
What is the best time to catch snakehead?
Generally, the hotter the water gets, the more active the snakehead feed. Seasoned fishermen have said the best time to fish is from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Be sure to bring a net – these fish are escape artists, and thrash around when you bring them in. Snakehead are getting into more and more rivers and creeks.
What eats the snakehead fish?
While the northern snakehead has no natural predators in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, young snakeheads have been reported being carried away by large birds of prey, such as ospreys and eagles. However, once they have fully matured, northern snakeheads are not prone to predation.
What is the biggest snakehead ever caught?
Angler Emanuel Tankersley caught this 19-pound, 5-ounce northern snakehead ( Channa argus ) last year, May 15, 2018 while fishing Potomac Creek in northern Virginia. Tankersley’s catch is now the new All-Tackle world record, certified by the International Game Fish Association. Photo courtesy of Emanuel Tankersley.