Open to bow fishing and hook-and-line 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 1st place team with the heaviest total of Snakeheads harvested by bowfishing will receive a minimum of $1,500 and the 1st place team with the heaviest total of Snakeheads caught by hook-and-line methods (including fly-fishing) will receive a minumiun of $1000.  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.


$60.00 per person for advanced on-line registration on or before 5:00 pm on May 30, 2014. SAVE $10! (Sorry, no refunds).

$70.00 for walk-up registration on May 31, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Cash Only)

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


View the full schedule of events.


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.