The Great Chesapeake Invasives Count


The Great Chesapeake Invasives Count

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Saturday, December 5, 2020
Northern Snakehead Length/Weight
Northern Snakehead Stomach Contents
Blue Catfish Length/Weight
Blue Catfish Stomach Contents
Flathead Catfish Length/Weight
Flathead Catfish Stomach Contents
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Target Sub-species: 
Catfish - Blue catfish
Catfish - Flathead Cat Fish
Snakehead - Snakehead


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Since their release into the Chesapeake watershed, the Northern snakehead (Channa argus) and the blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) and flathead catfish(Pylodictis olivaris)  have continued to spread to nearly all bodies of water that have proper habitat and conditions for the species. All species are officially classified as invasive or injurious, and may not be transported alive or release anywhere in Maryland. 

The Great Chesapeake Invasives Count is an angling based effort to provide important data to Maryland DNR, USFWS, and other management agencies on what you're seeing on the water. 

Information related to the number of fish you catch during a given time, as well as the length and weight of the fish you catch is important to fishery managers.  It is also vital to investigate the feeding habits of invasive fish to help understand the short and long-term impacts that their existence may cause on native species. 

It is important that ALL CITIZENS recognize the impacts that these species have on our natural ecosystems, and does not continue the spread of these fish.   

To help provide data, please register for this event by following the steps below.   

To Register: 

  • Download the free “iANGLER Tournament” app from your app/play store. Make sure you select the correct app (note blue app icon above).
  • Using the Ap or a computer register by creating a profile by selecting the “REGISTER” button; Returning users: enter your username and password, then “LET ME IN”.
  • You may need to search for this tournament on the app by selecting the magnifying glass icon at the bottom, and searching for "Chesapeake Invasives".
  • Once logged in register for FREE on this page or via the app on this event
  • Go fishing, have fun, and report your data

What Information are we asking anglers to provide?

Fishery managers need help in understanding where invasive species are being caught, and with what regularity or how much effort.  

Please report the location of your catch using the iAngler Tournament automatic location setting.  This information will not be shared with other anglers, it will simply be provided to the fishery managers that need help knowing where these species have spread and are being caught. 

There are 2 main categories of information per species that managers are seeking, these are listed in the app.

- Lengths and weights.

- Stomach contents & the weight of them 

All data should be submitted with a picture against a ruler, and the appropriate division should be selected in the app when submitting each item.  (sample image stomach contents)

Random Prizes:

To thank you for your participation, participants will be entered to win random prizes as follows:

  • one "ticket" with registration for the Great Chesapeake Invasives Count.
  • one "ticket" for each approved submission per division from June 1 - Dec. 5th 
    • An approved submission is one that includes the location of the catch and at least one of the following
      • Length
      • Length & Weight
      • Weight
      • Stomach contents weight & picture

Additional bonus "tickets" and prizes may be given at the discretion of CCA Maryland leadership and event partners and sponsors. 

The random drawing will be held on CCA Maryland's facebook page and announced via the app on the following dates:  June 15th, June 29th, July 13th, July 27th, August 10th, August 24th, Sept 7th, Sept 21st, October 5th, October 19th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 30th. 

While all who participate are eligible for winning prizes, those who are active CCA Maryland members qualify for additional prizes.

To join, renew, or check status go to or by calling (800) 201-FISH (3474). The mailing label of our TIDE magazine also contains your membership number. You may also join by using the paypal button below (may not be visible if viewing on phone)  

Questions or assitance with registration?  Call or email CCA Maryland Executive Director David Sikorski - (443)621-9186 -




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CCA Maryland
David Sikorski
(443) 621-9186
Jeremiah Severn


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All participants must follow all rules and regulations set forth my any management agency with jurisdiction over the waterways where participation occurs.


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For good and valuable consideration, including without limitation the acceptance of the registered participants entry or participation in the Great Chesapeake Invasives Count (the "Event") and being permitted to participate in certain related activities, the registered participant, for his or herself and his or her personal representatives, heirs, guest, invitees, employees, and team or crew members hereby

(1) RELEASES, WAIVES, DISCHARGES, AND COVENANTS NOT TO SUE Coastal Conservation Association or its Chapters, subsidiaries, related entities, respective members, volunteers, heirs, successors, assigns, officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, sponsors, partners and subcontractors, (collectively, the "Releasees") from any and all liability to the registered participant, his or her personal representatives, assigns, heirs and next of kin, and for all loss or damage, and all claims or damages therefore, on account of bodily injury, personal injury, death, property or other damage of or to the undersigned, his or her guests, invitees, employees, team or crew, during the Event or arising out of or in any way in connection with the Event or its Rules or related activities or while the registered participant is competing, or participating, regardless of whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or alleged negligence of Releasees ;

(2) AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Releasees and each of them from and against all claims, actions, causes of action, damages, liabilities, losses and judgments (collectively, the "Claims") of or by all guests, invitees, employees, and team or crew of the registered participant for bodily injury, personal injury, death, property or other damage which they may suffer or incur during the Event or arising out of or in any way in connection with the Event or its Rules or related activities, regardless of whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or alleged negligence of Releasees; and,

(3) ASSUMES FULL RESPONSIBILITY for the risk or occurrence of bodily injury, personal injury, death, property or other damage of or to his or herself, his or her guests, invitees, employees, and team or crew and to his or her boat and equipment due to negligence of Releasees or otherwise during the Event or while participating in the Event or related activities or while in or on the Event premises, which includes but is not limited to, its common properties, recreational areas, and adjacent docks, piers, and boat slips. Participant further assumes the responsibility for and acknowledges all dangers associated with weather and sea conditions;

(4) Anyone entering this event is required to abide by the event Rules. Disqualifications will be determined by the event Representatives. Any protest must state the rule violated and be received by the tournament judges photo Check-in Deadline. All team participants, including team members, guides and boat drivers are responsible for knowing, understanding, and abiding by these Rules. Failure of any team participant to follow event rules or procedures will result in disqualification of the team in violation or non-compliance.

Questions and comments concerning any Rule may be directed to the event Director. In all event matters, the decisions of the event committee are final.

The registered participant agrees to pay all of the Releases’ costs of defending all Claims and further agrees that this Release, Hold Harmless and Agreement Not to Sue is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Maryland and that, if any portion of this agreement is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

The registered participant also gives permission to use her / his name and picture in any published report or coverage of the event.