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Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | November 03, 2010

Hi everyone. Keith Lockwood is on his way back from vacation this week, and I'm filling in for him. Windy weather conditions dominated the past week, making it difficult for Bay and Ocean fishing. Rivers and streams remain low and clear across the state. I had hoped to get out on the bay this past weekend, but I ceded the idea to the gusty winds. Today I'm down on the coast diving on a couple of our artificial reefs as part of ongoing monitoring. I'll have a video posted on Angler's log tomorrow to report on what we see. Water temperatures remain warm along the coast, from the mid to upper 60s. Monty Hawkins on the Morning Star reports a great start to the reopening of black sea bass season. Tautog and an abundance of bluefish round out some great fishing along the coast. Now for this week's report below.

Marty Gary


Here is this week's recommendations:

  1. Chesapeake Bay -Surface water temperatures have slipped a few degrees and resident populations of stripers are moving to the deeper channel waters in the rivers and out into the mainstem. A mix of trolling, jigging and casting to breaking fish remains a best bet.
  2. Deep Creek Lake - Smallmouth and walleye are very active off rocky points on crankbaits and spider jigs. This is the time for some of the best fishing of the year for both species on the lake.
  3. Central Maryland - Trout fishing at any of the locations stocked this Autumn. Try using a 1/64 ounce trout magnet tipped with a minnow in pools at Daniels, Avalon, Sykesville, Gunpowder Falls, Friends Creek, Owen's Creek and many others. For the full list of stocked areas, please see: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/stocking/index.asp
  4. Ocean City - Red hot. The season for black sea bass reopened on Monday, and the charter/headboats report excellent catches on the artificial reefs off the coast. The southerly migration of larger stripers is just now starting to show, with a few turning up in the surf. Big bluefish are ubiquitous offshore. Mostly in the 6-10 pound range with an occasional fish to 14 pounds. Tautog and medium blues continue to be caught from the jetties and bulkheads and the Oceanic Pier.

Freshwater

In the far west of the state, Garrett & Washington County streams are running low and clear. Midges, inchworms and caddis (#14) continue to be effective in the Yough, Savage, North Branch Cassellman, Town Creek and other areas. Deep Creek Lake is seeing some nice action on walleye and smallmouth in 10 to 25 foot depths off rocky points. Vertical jigging of spoons and jigs along with deep diving crankbaints has been working well. Some yellow perch are mixed in with the walleyes.

The middle Potomac continues to run low and crystal clear. Smallmouth bass, walleye, and redbreast sunfish dominate catches.

At the reservoirs, Loch Raven, Prettyboy, Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge, temperatures remain ideal for some of the best bass fishing of the year. Try spider jigs and spinner baits in 15-20 foot depths.

Chesapeake

On the Chesapeake, temperatures are perfect for shore bound anglers and boaters alike. In the upper bay, the Susquehanna is running low and clear. A few walleyes are being reported on the Harford side of the river below the car toppers ramp. Up at fishermen's park, I got the word that the carp anglers were having great success on jello baits. Stripers are on the move throughout the river and you'll often see birds working where they are feeding. Try crank baits, especially Husky Jerks. There are sporadic reports of top water action on the Susquehanna Flats. The best bite appears to be in low light conditions. Further south, trollers are finding stripers off the Hart Miller Island complex near Sparty's Lump and Belvedere Shoals. Trolling and jigging has been productive at 6 foot knoll, off Baltimore Light, Love Point, and Hodge's Bar. Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell was fishing in the Chester this past week and had spectacular success on stripers to 36 inches. Tom reported the fish taking bucktails tipped with twisters fished on structure in less than 15 feet of water. The pipeline just above the Bay Bridges off Kent Island has also seen a good striper bite.

The mid bay is on fire right now. You can find action in the mainstem, but for now, the very best fishing is up in the tributaries or in the shallows of the mainstem. Eastern Bay is smoking hot right now. See Joey Smith's Anglers Log entry. The Choptank near Cook's Point has been hot, as has the Poplar Island complex. The Patuxent is seeing nice catches off the channel edges as far upriver as Benedict. In the lower Bay, Kedge's Straits, Solomon's Lump, the Puppy Hole, Point No Point Light, and the lumps north of the target ship.

Ocean

On the Oceanside, the black sea bass bite was hot right out of the gate. Several party boats are running daily and many anglers are reporting limits or near limits. Lots of big bluefish are scattered offshore. Tautog and sheepshead are also being caught by the party boats. Inshore, the first big stripers have been reported from the surf and reports to the north in Delaware and southern NJ indicate that the major thrust could arrive soon. The jetties, Oceanic pier, and Rt. 50 bridge have produced small to medium stripers and blues.

That's it for now. Keith will be back tomorrow and will compose next week's report. Good Luck and Tight Lines!


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