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Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | December 01, 2010

Chesapeake Bay

Fishermen have been out in force when wind conditions have been favorable and most are catching striped bass to some degree. Many have been focusing on trolling for the large fall migrant striped bass that are cruising up and down the shipping channel edges. Large parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads have been the most popular choice for lures often rigged in tandem. Fishermen are using planner boards and trying to cover all depths. Umbrella rigs are being used as are spoons and most everyone is running medium sized lures within their spread looking for striped bass under 28". The shipping channel edges from the Bay Bridge south to Thomas Point and Buoy 83 and the edge in front of Buoy 86 have been producing some nice fish this week. Farther down the bay the western edge from Breezy Point to Cove Point has been good as is out in front of the HS Buoy.

School sized striped bass are still very much in play this week even though water temperatures are beginning to dip below the 50-degree mark. Fishermen are picking up fish by trolling and light tackle jigging. Striped bass can be found from the upper bay south to the Virginia line. At times diving birds will mark the way and other times a keen eye on a depth finder holds the key to finding fish. Deep channel edges are a good place to look for fish holding now out in the bay and in the tidal rivers. Fishermen are reporting finding good jigging opportunities in the lower Choptank, Patuxent and Potomac Rivers this week.

White perch can still be found responding to jigs with dropper flies where they are holding deep. Fishermen are now starting to see yellow perch in the upper bay moving towards the lower Susquehanna/Northeast River area. Fishermen have been picking away at them along the shallower areas with 2" grub jigs with somewhere around a 1/8-ounce jig head.

Freshwater

Walleye and yellow perch are beginning to school up at Deep Creek Lake and the crappie are already schooled up and holding deep under the Route 219 and Glendale Bridge piers. Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good on the upper Potomac and the Baltimore County Reservoirs continue to offer good fishing. Some are closed to boating now and others will be closed to boating by the end of the month so be sure to check local regulations. Rocky Gorge and Triadelphia are open to boating till the 15th of this month; Prettyboy and Liberty till the 31st. Largemouth bass can be found holding along drop-offs and near deep sunken wood or structure. Grubs, small crankbaits, jigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits would be good choices to use for lures.

Crappie are reported to be schooled up in 6' to 12' of water in the tidal Potomac and the marinas near the Fort Washington area are usually a good bet when looking for them. Fishermen have also been catching blue catfish in that area and largemouth bass fishermen report the bass are holding deep along channel edges, rocks and bridge piers.

Oceanside

Perhaps the brightest note in the Ocean City fishing scene is the wonderful fishing for large striped bass and bluefish off the beaches. Small boat owners have been trolling large parachutes, bucktails and Stretch 25's or jigging when a mass of fish can be found under diving birds and bait. The Isle of Wight, Fenwick and Little Gull Bank have been three of the hot spots for finding fish.

Some notable sized striped bass are being caught in the surf by fishermen using bottom rigs baited with fresh menhaden along the Assateague and Ocean City beaches. A few striped bass are also being caught at the inlet by fishermen casting bucktails and swim shads. Tautog season is unfortunately closed now so the only bottom fishing game in town right now is black sea bass until the end of the month. Catches have been good on many of the wreck sites.

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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Jim Curtis
Recreational Angler
Hampstead, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Prettyboy Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Prettyboy Reservoir
Tags: Smallmouth Bass

I caught this Smallmouth Bass yesterday evening at Prettyboy Reservoir, in Baltimore County. It was 19.5 inches long, caught on a small curly tail jig in about 20 feet of water.

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Mike Bonicker
Recreational Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Crab Report with Oddities

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Kent Island
Tags: Blue Crab, Remora, Horseshoe Crab

This is my first post but I had a couple strange catches while crabbing this past Saturday that I wanted to report. My father-in-law and I crabbed south of Kent Island from 6:30 until 11:30 and managed a full bushel of 70 crabs. Nothing huge but half were 6 to 7 inches and the other half were 5 1/4 to 6. The strange catches were 2 horseshoe crabs and an18" striped remora (unfortunately I didn't get a picture. We use mostly 30" hoop traps and it got stuck in the netting) I guess that the horseshoe crabs could indicate the salinity is up in that area (along with LOTS of jellyfish). I know remoras usually hang with large sharks and other such creatures so I was really surprised to see that one without thinking that maybe a large shark could have been in the area.

DNR Response: Small Remora are an uncommon visitor to the Chesapeake Bay and can swim freely or even hitch a ride on a sea turtle and of course sharks. Small Cobia are also found in the bay this time of the year and look very similar except they lack the suction disk on the top of their head. Salinities in the mid bay area right now are about 11.5 ppt on the surface and 19 ppt on the bottom which is about normal for this time of the year. Horseshoe Crabs are not uncommon in the bay up to the Bay Bridge.


James Berry
Recreational Angler
Chesapeake Beach, Md
Total Reports:
34
Sent in on: August 28, 2014 Permalink

Hunting For Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River
Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

I have been out looking for snakehead fish on the Potomac with my bow at night and have not seen very many. I have seen some large blue cats and changed over to hunting them. We were able to shoot all we wanted once we found where they were. These were taken on 8-25-14. Some over 50 lbs.

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