On Friday, April 27th, 2018, biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) confirmed the presence of Northern Snakehead in Lakeview Reservoir in Colonial Heights. Read the rest of this article…
©By David Hart
They were called “frankenfish” and “fishzilla,” as if they were created in the laboratory of a mad scientist. They even morphed into a mythological creature that could walk across dry land and survive out of water for days. The hysteria around snakeheads also spawned a rash of B-list movies. One included gruesome attacks by roving packs of six-foot fish that devoured swimmers, crashed boats, and slithered into lakeside cabins to gnaw on helpless teenagers. Read the rest of this article…
It’s been over a decade since snakehead fish turned up in the Potomac River, and the population has expanded in Virginia to several other tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. Using data from surveys, angler reports, and commercial fishers, we have a distribution map of snakehead fish in Virginia. Your reports greatly contributed to this effort. Keep ’em coming!
Caught a snakehead fish? Report it online with our easy-to-use “Snakehead Observation Form” site, or call the hotline at 804-367-2925.
For more information, see the Snakehead Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs).
“Northern Snakehead Distribution in Virginia” (click to enlarge – PDF)