REGISTRATION CLOSED – you must register in person at the event


Download Printable 2015 Tournament Flyer (.pdf version)

Download Printable 2015 Liability Waiver (.pdf version)


Open to bow fishing and rod and reel methods (including fly-fishing) . Participants can fish anywhere on the tidal Potomac in Maryland and/or Virginia.

The tournament is open to anyone with a valid Maryland or Virginia Fishing license.

A percentage of the tournament profits will be donated to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive species in the Potomac River watershed.


The Potomac Snakehead Tournament will award cash prizes in two separate categories. The teams will be awarded cash prizes for the heaviest total weight of Snakeheads harvested by bowfishing and a separate first place cash prize will be awarded to the heaviest total of Snakeheads caught by rod and reel methods (including fly-fishing). The rankings will be based on total weight. If two teams have the same weight at the end of the tournament, the prize will be split. Additionally, a cash prize for second place will be awarded for heaviest total of Snakeheads in each category. Remaining cash prizes will depend on the number of entries for the event. A generous raffle will be held for tournament participants and a percentage of tournament profits will be donated to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive species in the Potomac River watershed.

All participants must read and agree to the Tournament Rules and Regulations and sign the Liability Release.


A separate prize for the single heaviest blue catfish will be awarded in two separate categories– Bowfishing and Rod & Reel.
The blue catfish bonus prize will be awarded to an individual (not a team).

Participants interested in registering for the Blue Catfish Bonus prize must complete both of these:

  1. Register for the Potomac Snakehead Tournament on-line in advance or in person at the walk-up registration on May 30, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  2. Register for the Blue Catfish Bonus Prize in person at the walk-up registration on May 30, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Cash Only).

Participants must select the method of fishing (Bowfishing or Rod & Reel fishing) at the time of registration. Once the method is selected the same method will be applied to the Blue Catfish Bonus Prize.

For example, If you are registered as a bow fisherman, you may only harvest blue catfish using bowfishing methods and equipment. Individuals registered as rod and reel anglers may only use rod and reel techniques and equipment for Blue Catfish Bonus Prize within the Rod & Reel category.

***Please not that if your are participating in the tournament (as part of a team) and you are registering for the Blue Catfish Bonus, your entire team must also register for the Blue Catfish Bonus. ***

The cost to enter this additional blue catfish bonus category will be $10 in addition to the entry fee.

  • Your single blue catfish will be weighed individually during the weigh-in process.
  • All weighed blue catfish and snakeheads must be dead.
  • Since space and time is limited, please weigh only your largest blue catfish (do not bring multiple blue catfish to the scale).
  • The use of nets, jugs, gigs, spear guns, and fish traps is not permitted, additionally, snagging and electro-shocking methods are not permitted.


$60.00 per person for advanced on-line registration on or before 5:00 pm on May 29, 2015. SAVE $10! (Sorry, no refunds).

$70.00 for walk-up registration on May 30, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Cash Only)

$10 (optional) Blue Catfish Bonus fee

Active Duty Military: Show us your active duty military ID and get $10 back at the pre-tournament registration


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Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road
Marbury, Maryland 20658


Joseph W. Love, Ph.D. Tidal Bass Manager, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Joshua J. Newhard, Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Chad Wells, Executive Chef, Alewife, Baltimore MD
Chef Wells is an avid angler and has been known for his creative utilization of Snakeheads to help educate the dining audience on its great flavor. He believes that eating Snakeheads is a commercially viable plan to fight this invasive species. Chef Wells will prepare a tasting for our tournament participants, so don’t miss this awesome treat!


The team at Whackfactor Outdoors created the Potomac Snakehead Tournament to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote the sport fishing of snakeheads to reduce the population of these fish in the Potomac and its tributaries.
  • Raise public awareness of snakeheads as a high quality, commercially viable, food source.
  • Support the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in its efforts to combat invasive species throughout the Potomac River watershed.

For questions about the tournament, please contact Austin Murphy (austin.murphy@potomacsnakehead.com), Tournament Director, Potomac Snakehead Tournamnt.