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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.


Latest Angler's Log Reports


Steve Doctor
Fisheries Biologist
Ocean City, MD
Total Reports:
17
Sent in on: July 1, 2015 Permalink

Downtown OC Sushi Special

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City
Tags: flounder, tuna, bluefish, mahi mahi, dolphinfish, dorado

It's Flounder time in Ocean City right now. Downtown, inshore, near shore, offshore all have flounder now. Any kind of bait is working.

Also tunas are at the meat products (Maryland's most popular offshore lumps, humps and ridges—the Hambone, Hot Dog, Chicken Bone, and the Sausages), and Dorado are near shore in good numbers and sizes scattered all about.

There are periodic outbreaks of bluefish at the bridge.

On the sampling front we have had a great spawn for many species this year. There is a great abundance of juvenile blue crabs, white mullet, menhaden, spot, winter flounder, pinfish, and even a great showing for juvenile gag grouper!

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Keith Bobbick
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 1, 2015 Permalink

Eastern Shore Channel Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Watts Creek
Tags: channel catfish

Couple of catfish from Watts Creek at Martinak State Park caught by Elias Bobbick from Denton, MD on 6/28/15. Not sure, but I think the bottom is a blue.

DNR Response: They are both channel catfish.

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123 Fishing Rigs
Recreational Angler
Fort Washington, MD
Total Reports:
11
Sent in on: July 1, 2015 Permalink

Very Tough Bite

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Pt. Lookout
Tags: croaker, spot, toadfish

After catching our limit of croakers a few days ago at Pt. Lookout, we couldn't wait to get back out on the water. We fished from a boat using fresh bloodworms, sea-salted bloodworms, squid and green worms.

We visited our favorite waypoint, and the first cast yielded the first fish using a fresh bloodworm on a red-beaded rig. Great, we're going to pick up where we left off, so we thought. To our surprise, we didn't get a another nibble or bite for the next two hours. We bounced around from waypoint to waypoint with no success.

It was a great time to try out these new green-dyed worms that we bought at Wal-Mart. Don't know what kind of worms they are, but they caught our second fish of the day. We think they're dyed because the green color comes off on your hands. Since the green worms worked, we decided to try a rig with green beads, and we were back to catching using all baits. Cycled through our rig colors just to make sure we weren't missing anything, and we also caught fish on light green and purple beaded rigs. Purple actually turned out to be the best. The colors that did not work at all today were yellow, gold, black and orange.

Although is was a tough bite, we ended the day with 18 croaker, 1 spot and 1 toadfish. A challenging yet fun day on the water.

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