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.
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! Juneís Diamond Jim may have got away, but the July Diamond Jim brings bigger prizes to the lucky angler that catches him! On July 2, near Fort McHenry, the latest batch of Diamond Jim tagged stripped bass were released into Maryland waters. Be on the lookout for the chartreuse tags for a chance to win $20,000 courtesy of Boaterís World and a $5,000 diamond from Smyth Jewelers. More information can be found at www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.
Keith is on vacation the next 2 weeks so several of us here at DNR will do our best to fill in for him! Check out the Chesapeake, Freshwater and Ocean Reports for more detailed information.
Jim Thompson, Maryland Fisheries Service Biologist - Fishermen in the upper bay region are catching striped bass in the general region from Baltimore Light to the Triple Buoys and south to the Bay Bridge. Fishermen are live lining spot and white perch on steep channel edges and deep structure, trolling umbrella rigs with Storm lures as trailers, chumming or encountering breaking fish in the early morning or evening hours. Middle bay region fishermen are experiencing the same types of fishing although the live lining of spot has definitely taken center stage as the most effective method to catch oneís striped bass, especially larger fish. Jason Haney Jr. hold a nice striped bass caught while live lining perch around the Bay Bridge with his father and uncle. Trolling continues to be effective, chumming to a lesser degree and anglers are finding schools of small striped bass breaking water here and there throughout the region. Bottom fishing in the middle and lower bay regions has been very good for a mix of croaker, spot, and perch. Look for croaker in the deeper channel edges during the day and in adjacent shoal water and oyster bars in the early morning and evening hours. Flounder have been picked up in a few locations. Lower bay region fishermen looking for striped bass have been finding the live lining of spot to be the most effective method to get them. The Gas Dock area has been one of the most productive places to fish as well as the channel edge on the western side of the bay from the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant to Point Lookout. Chumming for a mix of striped bass and bluefish has centered on the Southwest Middle Grounds and trolling has been productive in the lower Potomac to Smith Point, the Patuxent and eastern sides of the shipping channel.
Upper bay fishermen have white perch and channel catfish for bottom fishing opportunities. Recreational crabbers report good crabbing in the lower bay and much of the middle bay regions, especially in the Choptank River; the upper bay crabbing opportunities continue to be slow but itís picking up.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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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
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