Snakehead fishing on the Potomac River and elsewhere

Snakehead fishing on the Potomac River and elsewhere


The northern snakehead population in the Potomac River and its tributaries has multiplied dramatically since they were first discovered in 2004.  In fact, a world-record northern snakehead, weighing 18.37-pounds, was caught in May of 2012 on the Occoquan River, which is a tributary to the Potomac.


Captain Steve Chaconas, who is the proprietor of the National Bass Guide Service in Alexandria,Virginia, and a snakehead enthusiast, says the Potomac's snakehead fishing provides anglers with some of the most exhilarating topwater fishing that they will ever encounter.

According to Chaconas, April through September are the best months of the year for anglers to pursue the snakeheads that abide in the Potomac River.


For information about lodging and other accoutrements, Chaconas can be reached at 703-380-7119. His e-mail address is schaconas@nationalbass.com, and his Web site address is http://www.nationalbass.com

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Photographs are courtesy of Steve Chaconas and Pok-Chi Lau

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