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, Maryland’s 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. This weekend, another four young anglers were entered into the unique youth component of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge. DNR staff took part in the Hillcrest Youth Fishing Rodeo in Lansdowne, Maryland and a great time was had by all.
Participation in all aspects of the Fishing Challenge continues to grow; although Diamond Jim has yet to be found. Keep an eye out for chartreuse-tagged rockfish in the Bay and its tributaries! Congrats to Zackary Decker of Elkton, Md. for catching a rainbow trout, Charles Donohue of Philadelphia, Pa. for catching a sea bass and Craig Bandes of Alexandria, Va. for catching a 44” rockfish. All three are now entered to win big prizes from Central Atlantic Toyota, Bill’s Outdoor Center and Bass Pro Shops at the finale in September. More information can be found at www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.
Diamond Jim is online! Add him as a friend on www.myspace.com/fishingchallenge or search in the Baltimore, MD network of facebook.com for Diamond Jim.
`It’s official welcome to the summer of 2008 and last Friday we experienced the summer solstice (Latin for sun stands still) the first time it has occurred before the 21st of June since 1896. Fishermen and fish alike are settling into a summer pattern of behavior that revolves around beating the heat. Freshwater and saltwater fishermen are fishing the early morning and late evening hours for better fishing and to beat the mid-day heat. The longer daylight hours in the evenings are a perfect time to fish locally after work and dinner to wash away the stresses of the day and spend one’s time in solitude or with family and friends.
The striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay has transitioned to a pattern where the fish are schooled up to deep structure and are susceptible to chumming, live baits or light tackle jigging. Frequently they will rise to the surface or shallower waters towards the late evening hours to chase bait schools. There seems to be a noticeable amount of small menhaden plying the waters of most tidal rivers and creeks and when the water is slick they can be seen pushing water on the surface.
Bottom fishing for croakers and a mix of other species such as white perch, spot, sea trout and flounder has become quite good in many areas such as the middle and lower bay regions. Bluefish continue to hold mostly in the lower bay region and recreational crabbing has been good in the middle and lower bay regions and showing positive signs of improvement in the upper bay tidal rivers and creeks.
Freshwater fishermen in the western region of the state continue to enjoy excellent fishing for smallmouth bass in Deep Creek Lake and the upper Potomac River. The largemouth bass are beginning to enter their post –spawn phase in Deep Creek Lake and they will be aggressively feeding as well. Trout fishermen continue to see good flows in the western regions streams and rivers and are enjoying fly fishing during the numerous aquatic insect hatches that the region is famous for. Fishing for largemouth bass is a summer activity dear to many fishermen because most any local lake or pond contains some number of bass. A.J. Dipietro from Ellicott City was fishing on the Patapsco near Elkridge when he caught and released this nice largemouth bass recently.
Fishermen in the Ocean City area are beginning to see the typical summer species of offshore fish such as yellowfin tuna and dolphin more frequently now in their forays offshore. There are more large bluefish than anyone could think of catching around the Hambone area and the boats fishing the wreck sites are catching sea bass and tautog with large flounder such as this one held up by Joe Chvatel of College Park becoming a more common part of a days catch on the party boat fleet venturing out from Ocean City.
Surf fishermen are catching a mix of sharks in the surf along with bluefish and smaller species such as kingfish, croakers and flounder. Flounder fishing in the back bay areas continues to be good; the high number of throwbacks is typical for this time of the year but some real doormat size flounder were caught this week.
Quote of the Week:
"What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory."
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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
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