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Latest Update: April 30, 2008

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We usually get a lot of photos this time of year, if you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year. Click here for this week's gallery (24 photos).


Maryland fishermen have been enjoying a wide variety of fishing opportunities this past week and for many of us it is hard to believe that May is almost here. Fishermen find themselves into the second week of the Spring Striped Bass Season and we were flooded with pictures of fishermen of all ages enjoying good times while fishing. Many were accompanied by little stories of youngsters catching their first big fish or olderStriped Bass parents or grandparents still out there participating and catching big fish. The pictures in this weeks photo gallery speak volumes of the good times being had by fishermen enjoying good times with friends and family. Tim Adelman poses with his dad Al for a snapshot of a good day out fishing for father and son off Bloody Point. One canít help but notice the smirk on dads face and the gleam in his eye for catching a fish just a little bit larger than his sons.

Fishermen in general enjoyed better fishing this past week for large striped bass in the three regions of Marylandís portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Fishermen found them in most of the traditional locations which usually involve steep channel edges. Post-spawn striped bass continue to exit the Choptank, Nanticoke and Patuxent Rivers and now fishermen are seeing large numbers of post-spawn striped bass migrating south from the Susquehanna Flats area and the Potomac River. The good fishing should continue for another couple of weeks at least.

Croakers have been steadily moving into Maryland waters and fishing for them in several areas of the lower bay, lower Potomac River and Tangier Sound have been very good. White perch have moved down into the lower portions of most tidal rivers and are also offering good fishing opportunities.

Freshwater fishermen looking for largemouth bass are finding themRainbow Trout staging close to the shallow spawning areas this week and in the smaller ponds and lakes the water temperatures are now warm enough that largemouth bass are actively spawning. Trout fishermen are enjoying the continued stocking of trout in many of the put and take areas. Chris Shaw holds up a really nice rainbow trout he caught on the Little Gunpowder Falls.

Oceanside fishermen in the Ocean City area are seeing the flounder fishing in the back bay areas improving with warmer water temperatures. Tautog fishing in the Ocean City Inlet area continues to be good for fishermen and bluefish and striped bass are now beginning to become part of the mix. Surf fishermen are starting to see a variety of fish beginning to show up in the surf zone such as kingfish, bluefishTautog and large striped bass.

The party boats heading out to the artificial reef and wreck sites are finding excellent fishing for large tautog for their patrons. The sea bass fishery has yet to develop due to cool water temperatures but catches of large tautog have been excellent. Rick Hammond holds up a nice sized tautog for the camera while fishing on an Ocean City party boat recently.






Quote of the Week:

"Angling may be said to be so like mathematics that it can never fully be learnt."

Izaak Walton

We usually get a lot of photos this time of year, if you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year. Click here for this week's gallery (24 photos).

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please try to keep the file size small, under one megabyte. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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