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Northern Snakehead Potomac River Fishing Locations

Northern Snakehead Potomac River Fishing Locations     

Welcome to SNAKEHEAD MAYHEM!

The Potomac River was the hardest hit by the Northern Snakehead after they were first discovered in Maryland. They have taken a foothold within the ecosystem and they are not going anywhere. However, there is one thing that makes the Potomac different than Blackwater and its water clarity. The waters will run gin clear most of the year on the Potomac in the snaky areas. So what? So what…the water clarity allows the bow hunters to be very successful with taking of the Northern Snakehead and some people will contribute their success to helping keep the snakeheads in check.

Northern Snakehead Potomac River Fishing Locations: As far as locations go, they are pretty much everywhere. However, after reviewing public data on catches of Northern Snakeheads the Virginia side of the Potomac seems to have higher concentrations. I think the reason is also for the abundance of aquatic vegetation which creates cover. I will give you the best spots for catching Northern Snakehead from a boat, kayak, and shore.

B = Boat, K = Kayak, and S = Shore

Get the Snakehead Lures!!!

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R2S Whopper Plopper
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Booyah Poppin Pad Crasher
F17064_White Pearl !01
Zoom Super Fluke
Z-Man Chatter Bait
Double Bladed Spinnerbait

Northern Snakehead Potomac River Locations: Maryland/Virginia

  • Wicomico River B,K,S
  • Mattawomen Creek B,K,S
  • Anacostia River (Bladensburg) S
  • Tidal Basin: B,K,S
  • Roaches Run: K,S
  • Four Mile Run: B,K,S
  • Cameron Run: K,S           
  • Ft Belvoir: B,K,S
  • Neabscoo Creek: B,K
  • Chopawamsic Creek: B,K
  • Aquia Creek: B,K

I hope this helps in your search for the Northern Snakehead, and if you have luck please share with us your success and let us know if you have any new locations.

Semper Fish!

Joe, The National Angler

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SNAKEHEAD FISHING BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is not the epicenter of the Snakehead introduction in Maryland or the USA. However, it is now the home to the biggest population of Northern Snakehead in the United States. The Potomac River was known for the largest population, however, the clear water of the shallows and the access for bow fishing has kept that population relatively in check. Blackwater was once a quiet and hidden gem of great fishing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The locations of Snakehead were highly guarded and information was hard to come by. In late 2019, a study was published that brought light to the surge of the Northern Snakehead. Locals took that information with the loss of local populations of largemouth bass, white & yellow perch, and crappie. Now to help control the Northern Snakehead locals are giving up spots to catch quality and quantity of Northern Snakehead.


!!!PARKING UPDATE June 26th 2020!!!

Dorchester County has recently placed “NO PARKING” signs at all the popular shore locations. I have not confirmed the exact locations yet and will keep this updated. Just be careful before you drive to the county to fish for snakeheads.


WARNING – FISH AT YOUR OWN RISK INSIDE THE REFUGE AND MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

You technically can only fish from a few locations from shore as it’s prohibited for 99% of the refuge. This is because the shoreline is marsh and unsafe for walking. It is also to help preserve the natural shoreline as well. This means the best way to fish the refuge is from a proper boat or kayak. There are several kayak launching locations and one distant boat ramp to get into the refuge.

Get the Snakehead Lures!!!

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R2S Whopper Plopper
rs (39)
Booyah Poppin Pad Crasher
F17064_White Pearl !01
Zoom Super Fluke
Z-Man Chatter Bait
Double Bladed Spinnerbait

Snakehead Fishing Blackwater Locations: S=Shore, K=Kayak, and B=Boat

  • 335 Bridge (S & K): This is a long stretch of bank and a bridge that will offer limited shore fishing for Northern Snakehead. This location is the best soft launch available to get after Northern Snakeheads. The parking can be problematic on the weekends so have patients. Also, don’t be that person who parks like an a$$ and just leaves stuff in the way.
  • Key Wallace Bridge (S & K): This area has a small bridge and somewhat decent parking along the shoulder of the road. The area is probably one of the deeper areas and seems to be the favorite winter fishing location for locals. This area also has a lot of debris in the water and will snag a lot of your lures and live bait rigs, so be prepared.
  • Little Blackwater River (K). There is a small soft launch just off of Egypt Rd
  • Shorter’s Warf Boat Ramp (K & B): Maple Damn Road and as of January 2020, one side of the bridge is being worked on so accessing this ramp may be difficult or take a little longer than usual.

This is just the beginning of places to explore Snakehead Fishing Blackwater NWR. One last reminder, know where you are fishing and don’t just assume you have permission. Honestly, most of the areas outside of the ones listed above are off-limits or private property. If you look at Good Maps and you are inside the green area fishing from shore and not in the above-mentioned location, you are in the wrong area.