Great Chesapeake Invasives Count

Running from April 1, 2024 to March 30, 2025, the Great Chesapeake Invasives Count, presented by the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA Maryland) and Yamaha Rightwaters, is more than just a tournament—it's a call to action. Anglers can participate for free, competing for monthly prizes like rods, tackle and more while contributing valuable data for marine research.

Through a mobile app, participants can log their catches, including details such as total length, weight, and even stomach contents. This data aids in understanding invasive species populations and their impact on native ecosystems. Join CCA Maryland in this impactful initiative and be part of the solution while enjoying the thrill of competition.

Fish Maryland Program

Year-round, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Fish Maryland program, inviting anglers to explore the state's diverse fishing opportunities. As part of this program, an Invasive Species “Award” is given that recognizes anglers for reporting their harvest of specific invasive fish species, such as snakehead and blue catfish.

By participating in Fish Maryland, anglers not only enjoy a fun and engaging fishing experience, but also contribute to conservation efforts to safeguard Maryland's natural resources. Submit your catch and become part of this exciting initiative that promotes responsible fishing practices.

Reel Rewards Program

For those fishing in the Baltimore Harbor area, the Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative (EJJI) offers the Reel Rewards program from April 1 to October 31, 2024. This program focuses on addressing the threat posed by invasive fish species to the local ecosystem and economy.

Participants not only contribute to scientific understanding by reporting their catches, but also earn $30 for each invasive fish species they catch; such as snakehead and blue catfish. 

Why Help?

This pioneering conservation approach is what set’s Maryland apart; where anglers can turn their passion into profit while protecting native ecosystems. With invasive species like snakehead and blue catfish presenting a lucrative opportunity, participating in these initiatives not only aids in population control, but also ensures the sustainability of the state’s marine resources. 

So, grab your gear, cast your line, and become part of a community of conservation-minded anglers shaping the future of Maryland's waters.

Before Heading Out

Dive into the Maryland Catfish Trail and join the fight against invasive species threatening our waters! From Blue Catfish to Northern Snakehead, these formidable creatures disrupt Maryland's ecosystem, but with your help, we can make a difference. Discover prime fishing spots, expert tips, and tournaments to reel in these giants while preserving the Chesapeake Bay.

Get Ready For Your Next Fishing Outing

Looking for more information, inspiration, or a sneak peek into what Maryland has to offer? Explore Fish & Hunt Maryland’s latest articles written by fellow sportsmen and women and local partners, alongside our extensive library of videos available.

Be sure to acquire your license from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources if you plan on heading out on your own (charter passengers are covered by the captain’s license).  

Visit our Planning Resources page for information on fishing charters and guides, lodging options, marinas, retailers and more. And if you’re up for a quick getaway, be sure to check out Visit Maryland for places to stay, dining, and things to do while you’re here.