Invasive Species Awareness and Reporting
Invasive species pose a significant threat to local ecosystems and are illegal to transport while alive. It's crucial for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to recognize and report invasive species to control their spread effectively. If you catch an invasive fish, please ensure to kill it humanely and report your catch. Alternatively, you can scan the provided QR code with your phone to directly access the reporting page.
The Flathead Catfish, distinguishable by its broad and flat head, is an invasive species that should be reported. Its unique features include a brown mottled body and a lower jaw protruding beyond the upper. These characteristics make the Flathead Catfish easily identifiable for those aware of its appearance.
Blue Catfish vs. Channel Catfish
Understanding the difference between the invasive Blue Catfish and the native Channel Catfish is crucial for accurate reporting. The Blue Catfish can be distinguished by examining the anal fin. If the fin appears straight or lobed, it indicates a Blue Catfish, an invasive species. In contrast, the Channel Catfish, a native species, will not have these fin characteristics.
Northern Snakehead (Mature)
The mature Northern Snakehead is an invasive species easily mistaken for the native bowfin. Key identification features include a long dorsal and anal fin, a rounded tail, and a large mouth extending beyond the eye equipped with sharp teeth. For more detailed identification information or if you're unsure about the species, please visit the Delaware Fish Species Identification Guide at Fish Species Identification.
Northern Snakehead (Juvenile)
Young Northern Snakeheads might be more challenging to identify due to their size and less developed features. However, like their mature counterparts, they possess distinct physical characteristics that can aid in identification. It's essential to familiarize yourself with their appearance to prevent the juvenile from growing and further spreading within local waters.