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Fishermen Catching Snakehead Fish in Salisbury City Park

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SALISBURY, Md. - WBOC has received reports from a handful of fishermen in the Salisbury City Park about catching the invasive snakehead fish, as recently as last weekend.

The invasive species has been invading Maryland waterways.  Last summer, WBOC did a story on a fisherman who caught one in the Wicomico River.  And now, with more being caught in the Salisbury City Park, it is concerning news for the anglers who frequent that fishing spot.

"I mean, they just tear up all the vegetation and they will eat all of the smaller fish that are trying to grow.  You know, they just terrorize everything," said Christopher Robey of Salisbury.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirms in the past two years, there have been numerous sightings of the fish in the park and last year, there was a confirmed catch of a snakehead fish at the fishing derby held at the park.  Other WBOC viewers also sent in pictures of snakehead fish they caught, including one not far from Ben's Red Swings in the park.  Fisherman WBOC spoke with Thursday did not catch any snakeheads, but know what to do if they do.

"If I caught it and pulled it up, I would take a knife and stab it right in the head.  I mean that's a cruel way of doing something, but that's what I was told to do," said Charles Robey of Salisbury.

DNR says if you do catch a snakehead fish, you should kill it and do not put it back into the water.

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