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Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | November 23, 2010

Tomorrow will be a day of reflection where just about everyone takes a moment or perhaps the better part of the day to give thanks for all good that is bestowed upon us. It is a time for family, friends and traditions. Fathers, sons and daughters may sneak out in the morning while the turkey is cooking; if the Thanksgiving gathering is local and get in a little goose hunting or fishing. There are still plenty of fish to catch; whether your interests are in trout fishing, largemouth bass, striped bass or tautog.

Chesapeake Bay

School sized striped bass can still be found along channel edges and they are even breaking water and chasing bait at times but they are becoming harder to find as water temperatures approach the 50-degree mark. The striped bass health project was out trolling around Buoy 83 on Monday and they caught their samples by trolling; but their remarks were that they didn't exactly set the world on fire. It was a slow pick. Last night I had the chance to slip out into the lower Choptank just before sunset and we did manage to find some breaking fish, but in general there was not much going on. Most of the fish were 17" in size but there were enough 19" to 21" fish to eke out a limit to take home. The screaming gulls and terns seemed to be providing a requiem for the 2010 season on the Chesapeake for me since this may be my last trip out for the season. The diving and screaming birds, a depth finder screen stacked up with marks, a portly fall striped bass and a setting sun set the final act of what has been a very good season on the Chesapeake.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Reports of large fall migrant fish being caught by trolling large parachutes and bucktails are being reported from above the Bay Bridge to the Virginia line but so far it has been slow. A fish here and there has been the norm for most fishermen trolling along the edges of the shipping channel.

Freshwater

Trout fishing continues to be very good in western and selected central region streams and rivers. The generous fall stocking that occurred in October, cool water temperatures and generally pleasant fall weather make for some wonderful trout fishing opportunities.

Fishing for a mix of smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch has been good in Deep Creek Lake as these fish prowl outside of the grass beds edging some of the shallower areas. Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good in the upper Potomac although water levels continue to be low.

Fishing for largemouth bass continues to be good as bass continue to forage on baitfish and crawfish that are leaving the shallow areas where grass beds are diminishing due to cold water temperatures. Largemouth bass are holding in deeper transitional water near drop offs and also can be found holding near deep sunken wood. Small crankbaits and jigs that resemble crawfish are a good bet as are slow rolled spinnerbaits.

Oceanside

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Tautog fishing at the inlet area continues to be good when clear water conditions prevail. Strong winds will whip up bay waters and on an out going tide the cloudy water conditions do not do well for tautog and striped bass fishing at the inlet and Route 50 Bridge area. Although this fish had to be released because it came up short this fisherman who traveled from Baltimore to fish was still having a good time.

Surf fishermen are catching large striped bass in the Ocean City and Assateague surf when conditions are right. Heavy surf conditions are always a problem this time of the year so make sure to make a call to local shops before making a long drive. Large menhaden baits, heavy surf sticks, and a hefty sinker will put you into play for some of these large migrant striped bass that are moving down the coast.

Trolling for large striped bass and bluefish at the shoal fishing areas off Ocean City has been very good this week and should continue for the near future. Boats have been coming into the inlet with some impressive sized fish; so if you can trailer down to Ocean City, give it a try. Fishing for sea bass and tautog on the wreck sites has been good and double digit catches and some limits are common when the sea conditions are favorable.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
-Theodore Roosevelt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Keith Lockwood has been writing the Fishing Report since 2003 and has had a long career as a fisheries research biologist since 1973. Over the course of his career he has studied estuarine fishery populations, ocean species, and over a decade long study of bioaccumulation of chemicals in aquatic species in New Jersey. Upon moving to Oxford on the eastern shore of Maryland; research endeavors focused on a variety of catch and release studies as well as other fisheries related research at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory. Education and outreach to the fishing public has always been an important component to the mission of these studies. Keith is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, bird dogs, family and life on the eastern shore of Maryland.


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Dan Moon
Recreational Angler
Woodbridge, VA
Total Reports:
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Sent in on: August 4, 2015 Permalink

Don't Wait - Call DNR if You Think You Have a State Record Fish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Chicamuxen
Tags: northern snakehead, invasive

Dan Moon of Woodbridge, VA caught this 35" snakehead in Chicamuxen off of the Potomac River on June 20, 2015 on a Booyah spinner bait. Our boat scale weighed the fish at 18.8 pounds, which would be a world record on a rod and reel, if it is correct. We could not locate a certified scale to have it officially documented. The fish was killed, removed from the river and eaten. According to information online, the current and prior world records were both caught within 2 miles of the area where this fish was caught.

DNR Response:Thanks for sending in this very impressive picture of the 35 inch, 18.8 lb snakehead!

The current world record is 17 lb, 12 oz from Quantico Creek, Triangle, Virginia, caught by Luis Aragon on 5/20/2014, and the current Maryland State Record is 16.94 lbs caught by Teddy McKenzie on 6/1/2014 in the Potomac River.

For any official state or world record you must get the fish weighed on a certified scale. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a certified scale in some areas, and many tackle shops do not carry them. For example, we have weighed fish at seafood markets and grocery stores (to get certified weights). There is a certified scale at the DNR Cedarville Field Office in Brandywine and we hope to purchase certified scales for other field offices in the future. If you think you have a state record call 443-569-1381 and immerse the fish in ice water until it can be weighed, in order to preserve the weight.

You can enter your snakehead into the MD Fishing Challenge, the minimum size is 30 inches, and it must be kept. Here is the link with the official rules: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/challenge/species.aspx.

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Matthew Bishop
Youth Angler
Hagerstown, MD
Total Reports:
15
Sent in on: August 4, 2015 Permalink

Big Blue Crab

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: West River
Tags: blue crab

Matthew and Ryan Bishop went crabbing with their Dad on the West River and caught this 8 inch MD Blue Crab!

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Kalvin Thrasher
Recreational Angler
Frederick, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 4, 2015 Permalink

Baby Walleye at Seneca Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Seneca Creek State Park
Tags: walleye

I caught this small walleye just across from the boat ramp at Seneca Creek State Park. My dad is the only other person that I know of who has caught a walleye in this section of the river and that was a long time ago.

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