The Maryland Fishing Challenge continues through this month and until September 1st. Fishermen are encouraged to register any fish they catch that meets the minimum size criteria at a Citation Center to be in the drawing for a number of prizes which include a new 4x4 Tundra pickup truck, a boat, motor and trailer outfit and thousands of dollars in prizes. On Monday, June 2, Marylandís most desired rockfish was released into the Chesapeake Bay as part of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge. A $10,000 reward and a $5,000 diamond are being offered for his capture. Anglers can read more about the kick-off event here. Fifteen children will be randomly chosen from fishing rodeos across the state in the coming months and will be entered to win quality fishing trips with a mentor at the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge grand finale in September
Summer seemed to arrive with a heavy hand last week putting an end to what has been a cool wet spring. Fishermen will be transitioning into a summer time mode of fishing; which often revolves around early morning or evening fishing or trying to beat the heat during the day. Young fishermen will be starting their summer vacations from school and will be ready and waiting for someone to take them fishing if only for a short outing after dinner and work. Donít miss the opportunities in life and for dad and moms this certainly is one to enjoy with your children. Mia Elder is all smiles with a largemouth bass she caught and released while fishing with her dad. Mia caught her fish on a wooly bugger fly that she tied herself at New Germany State Park while on a family camping trip this past Sunday.
Fishermen in the Chesapeake Bay regions are seeing rapidly rising water temperatures causing striped bass to begin to transition to holding close to deep water structure and becoming more responsive to chumming. This rise in water temperature was not quite fast enough though to compensate for the extremely hot conditions Maryland experienced this past weekend. Mariners know a large temperature discrepancy between water and air usually means one thing, fog and boaters and fishermen saw plenty of it on the Chesapeake Saturday; Joseph Cockran took this picture for us of Baltimore Light. There was plenty of chat about near collisions and the mental capacity of a number of boat operators; fortunately nothing too serious happened.
Trolling and jigging continue to be very viable options for catching striped bass and now that the tidal rivers are open to fishing early morning shallow water fishing will be popular for small boat light tackle anglers. Fishermen out on the bay are finding good jigging action near the bridge piers of the Bay Bridge and deep structure such as steep contours and rock piles. Fishermen preferring to troll are finding fish along channel edges and deep structure such as rock piles. Jenny Williams was out trolling with her dad and friend Alex outside of the Gas Docks when she caught this nice striped bass.
Croakers are finding the warming water temperatures in the Chesapeake to their liking and have moved into the middle regions of the bay in force. Fishermen are reporting that the vanguards tend to be on the small size but they have brought the spot with them and striped bass fishermen are looking forward to a summer season of live lining spot. The croaker fishing in the lower bay region has been very good in most traditional areas and flounder are now being caught with regularity in the lower bay/Tangier Sound. Black Drum are being caught now and then at the traditional spots such as the Stone Rock and Sharps Island Flats but are also showing up at less traditional locations such as Eastern Bay and the James Island Flats.
Freshwater anglers in the western region of the state are enjoying excellent smallmouth bass fishing at Deep Creek Lake and the upper Potomac River. Trout fishing continues to be good in many of the regions streams and rivers as water temperatures remain cool and flows are good. James Eastep enjoyed a good day on the Casselman with his dad catching and releasing trout while fly fishing.
Largemouth bass fishermen are enjoying good fishing in most areas where the bass have completed their spawning and now are aggressively feeding. Water temperatures are rising and soon largemouth bass in most locations will begin to enter their summer mode of feeding behavior; which is usually the most active in the early morning and evening hours. Bill Stahly caught this nice bass on the tidal Potomac on a white spinnerbait in Sundayís searing heat.
Calm winds in the Ocean City back bays has made for clear water and the flounder fishing has improved; fishermen caught some doormat sized flounder over this past weekend on traditional baits and a number of fishermen are now live lining spot in the inlet area with good success. The evening crew at the Route 50/Inlet area is catching striped bass and bluefish by casting lures; the tautog fishing is dropping off as water temperatures rise. Surf fishermen are catching kingfish, small bluefish, a few striped bass and large numbers of skates, rays, dogfish and sharks. The part boats the fish the wrecks off Ocean City are reporting good sea bass fishing this week. Drew Hoopes of Jarretsville holds up a nice sea bass for the camera caught on an Ocean City party boat.
The 13th Annual Bill Perry Childrenís Fishing Contest sponsored by the mid-shore chapter of CCA will take place this Saturday June 14th at the Choptank Fishing Pier on the Talbot County side from 9am until 12 noon. There is a $1.00 entry fee that covers lunch, bait and prizes; young fishermen should bring their own tackle; parents can call 410-476-5961 for more information.
Quote of the Week:
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation, he has a fifty percent chance of being right."
Click here for information concerning harmful algae blooms
Click here to view recent bay satellite images at mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/NASAimagery/EyesInTheSky.cfm.
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:
Weight/length of catch
If anyone in your picture is under 18
years of age, we must have a
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
Until next week,
MD DNR Fisheries Service
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