Fishermen in all three regions of the Chesapeake Bay are certainly looking forward to excellent fishing conditions this week for striped bass. Fishermen continue to troll in many areas with medium sized bucktails and parachutes for striped bass up to 32” in size. Channel edges, points and off course diving bird action are getting the attention of fishermen this week. Fishermen in the middle and lower bay regions got a pleasant surprise this weekend with the arrival of the large fall migrant striped bass they everyone has been looking for. Let there be no doubt they arrived in force on Saturday and fishermen enjoyed excellent catches while trolling large bucktails and parachutes. Kyle Nogal of Cape St. Claire was fishing with his dad and Capt. Willie Williams when he caught this 44-1/2” striped bass north of Bloody Point Light in 60’ of water on Sunday. Kyle decided to let Capt. Willie do the honors of holding up his fish for a photograph as his father bathes in the moment.
Fishermen have been targeting school sized striped bass near the mouths of tidal rivers such as the Chester and Choptank and south to Tangier Sound often with good results. The fish are feeding on small menhaden and are being caught by light tackle jigging, casting into breaking fish and trolling. Fishermen in the lower bay got the first crack at the large striped bass that moved into Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake on Saturday as these fish are moving on farther up the bay. The docks and marinas were a buzz as anglers brought in large fish to be weighed and enter for citations. At present the fall season for these large fish looks very promising and an extension of the striped bass season till the end of December could not have come at a better time. Bud Cratty certainly has plenty to smile about with this nice 42” fish caught in 80’ of water off Hooper’s Island Light on Saturday. Bud mentioned that he and his friends caught a total of 5 whoppers while trolling on Saturday.
Freshwater fishermen are enjoying excellent fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in Deep Creek Lake this week as well as yellow perch and walleye. Trout fishermen are experiencing good trout fishing in the western and central regions trout waters. The tidal rivers have been a good place to fish for largemouth bass this week and a variety of other species of fish. Christopher Deibel caught and released these two nice fish while fishing in an upper bay tributary.
Oceanside fishermen are reporting good fishing for tautog inside the Ocean City Inlet this week and fishermen looking for striped bass at the inlet area are drifting live eels and spot or casting lures with good results. Surf fishermen expect good fishing for striped bass and large bluefish this week as surf conditions have calmed down after last weeks coastal storm. Wreck fishermen are catching sea bass and tautog on the wreck and artificial reef sites.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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