It seems hard to believe but welcome to October; one of the most exciting months for fishing in Maryland. Whether your pursuits are striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic, sea bass, or freshwater fish such as trout, largemouth or smallmouth bass, there is a lot of good fishing to be had this month.
Fishermen in all three regions of the Chesapeake are finding a mix of bluefish and striped bass on the move chasing baitfish. Fishermen are either casting to the breaking fish or jigging underneath with excellent results. This past month large and small to medium sized red drum have been entertaining fishermen as they fish for striped bass. Cory Kimbro was jigging near the Bay Bridge with his dad when he caught this small red drum or puppy drum.
There are still plenty of large and small spot throughout all three regions of the bay and fishermen continue to use the small spot or menhaden to live line for striped bass despite heavy loses to hungry bluefish this week.
Freshwater fishermen are seeing increased activity in a variety of freshwater species due to cooler water temperatures. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are roaming more freely now and aggressively feeding. Trout fishermen are seeing the first of the fall stocking beginning to take place this week; fisheries biologists and hatchery personnel will be busy this month ensuring fishermen have good trout fishing opportunities this fall.
Although stocking dates and locations are dependent on water flow and temperature, crews generally find conditions are right in many areas beginning the second week of October and stocking is usually complete by the end of the month. In most years, cool water allowed trout stocking in Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas and locations such as the North Branch Potomac, Bear Creek, Town Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Antietam Creek, Beaver Creek, Cunningham Falls, Rainbow Lake, Greenbrier Lake, Morgan Run, Patapsco River, Gunpowder Falls, Great Seneca, Wheatley Lake, Lake Artemesia, Greenbelt Lake, Big Elk, Deer Creek and Tuckahoe. We expect to stock these areas and numerous others as conditions allow. Eric Bittner holds up a nice brown trout as it is stocked for Maryland fishermen this week.
DNRís trout stocking information telephone line, 1-800-688-3467, will be updated weekly beginning Oct. 1 so that anglers may find out if their favorite area has been stocked. After daily stocking is completed, a list of stocked areas will be posted online at www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/recreational/indexinland.html.
Ocean and coastal fishermen are finally seeing water conditions calm down this week after an extended northeast blow. Flounder are moving close to the Ocean City Inlet for their exit from the back bay areas and fishermen should find good fishing this week in the channels leading to the inlet. Surf fishermen are hoping to get their licks in on the annual migration of large red drum this week and the plentiful bluefish that were biting before the blow. Wreck fishermen are hoping for sea bass catches to improve this week as cooler water temperatures start to have an effect on the sea bass and tautog fishery. Offshore the few boats that went out on Sunday and Monday came back with double digit catches of dolphin and a mix of yellowfin tuna, wahoo and white marlin releases.
Finally Tom Brady sent in this picture of a rather large snakehead he recently caught in Pomokey Creek; which a tributary to the Potomac near his hometown of Indian Head. Tomís snakehead weighed in at over 8lbs and as seen in this picture; despite what was portrayed in a Hollywood movie, snakeheads canít walk on land. Tom mentioned that Mr. Snakeheadís next stop was his freezer after being dispatched. Snakeheads are to be killed as soon as possible after being caught by cutting behind the head and through the spine.
Quote of the Week:
On the Firehole I caught thirty-six inches worth of trout - in six installments.
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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
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Until next week,
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