Although snakeheads have rooted deeply in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, they have been reported in 14 states across the country, ranging as far north as Michigan and as far west as California. In most cases, one or a few are caught in a single body of water and then never seen or caught again, and no large breeding population is ever established. According to South Carolina Division of Natural Resources biologist Dan Rankin, in a recent story on Fox Carolina, there have only been unconfirmed reports of snakeheads in South Carolina. There have been sporadic reports over the years in North Carolina in Lake Wylie (not surprisingly, right outside of Charlotte). Those reports date back as far as 2002. By now, had the fish taken hold, it would be likely that the Charlotte area would have a booming snakehead population on par with those in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.