Fishing Report Overview Maryland Dept of Natural Resources
  DNR Home
Latest Update: May 14, 2008

Next Update: May 21, 2008


Ocean Side Fishing Report

Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay

There are few things more exciting or wild as a northeaster when it hitís the beaches of the Atlantic Coast. The Ocean City area received just such as storm this past Sunday evening and to some degree into Monday. It was not a good weekend for fishing in general due to wind, rain and high surf. Clear water conditions will soon return to the back bay areas behind Ocean City and Assateague Island and flounder fishing will once again improve. Before the weather of Friday to Monday flounder were being caught up by the Route 90 Bridge, the Thorofare and East Channel areas as well as in front of the airport in Sinepuxent Bay.Hickory Shad

Small bluefish and a number of legal-sized striped bass have been caught at the inlet area and will continue to this week. Tautog fishing continues to be good in and around the inlet and are reported to be spawning up close to the jetty rocks in the evenings. Hickory shad continue to provide catch and release entertainment at the inlet and this happy angler holds one up before releasing it.

At present the surf is heavy and it would be pretty hard to hold bottom with anything short of a cement block. In a day or so it will calm down and fishermen will be on the beaches trying their hand at catching some of the large striped bass that are cruising along the beaches on their way north. Often after a big heave like we are experiencing at the moment big fish will come into the surf zone looking for dislodged surf clams that have been crushed in the breakers or injured crabs Measuring Tautogand baitfish. The forecast for the end of the week striped bass fishing is good so make sure you make time to get out on the beach for it wonít last too long. Dogfish and clear-nosed skates will certainly be part of the mix as will bluefish.

A few boats went out to the wreck sites on Friday in the rain and again on Sunday before the winds became severe. Captains reported double digit catches of sea bass by many patrons but no limits. Tautog fishing has been good on many of the wrecks closer to shore and anglers are reminded that the tog creel limit drops to 2 fish/day on May 16th. Fisheries biologist Steve Doctor was out collecting tautog length data recently to see if there are changes in the stock structure from year to year. Cindy Harris shown in this picture helps collect catch data for MRFSS that is used in the catch estimates, as well as length data that is used in the assessments. Ultimately the data is used to set creel and size limits as well as recreational seasons.

Click here to view recent bay region satellite images at

Offshore Map

Click Map Icon For a Larger View

Please click for the latest sea surface temperatures from Rutgers University Marine Remote Sensing

Buoy graphic

Please Click for the latest automated
weather observations from
Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM
Southeast of Cape May, NJ

Please click for the latest automated weather observations from

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 keep the file size under one megabyte if possible. 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. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

The Fisheries Service is pleased to have you visit. We want to make this site as user friendly as possible, if you have any suggestions, please mail them to Paul Genovese.

Click down arrow to see links.

    Visit Maryland Online Email us with questions, comments, and suggestions
  © Copyright 1995-2008 Maryland Department of Natural Resources
1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
DNR Privacy Policy