The fish found its way into American rivers and ponds most likely through Asian seafood dealers. The snakehead is a non native invasive species in the U.S and is native to Asia and Africa.
Anglers can receive a $200 Bass Pro Shops gift card for catching the fish and killing it.
The first snakehead was caught in 2002 in a Crofton Pond north of Washington DC and was 18 inches long.
“We don’t expect that anglers will eradicate the snakehead population,” said Joe Love, the state’s Department of Natural Resources Tidal Bass program manager. “We do believe this promotion and inspiration of anglers can help control the snakehead population. The information we gain from the Angler’s Log reports are also helpful in assessing the abundance, spread and impact of these feisty fish.”
The fish eat most any type of bait and can be violent.
“These fish clobber any type of moving bait you throw, fisherman Rodney Hose said. “When they smash into your lure, be prepared for a fight — especially if they are around some sort of cover.”
People who catch the fish must kill it and post a photo of the corpse to the DNR’s Angler’s Log webpage.
Contestants killed 82 snakeheads last year. Winners will be drawn this year on November 30, 2012.
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