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Latest Update: April 22, 2009

Next Update: April 29, 2009 (By 5pm)

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Striped BassFishermen have a lot to look forward to this week in regards to nice weather and wonderful fishing opportunities. The traditional Spring Trophy Striped Bass Season got off to a crowded but rather slow start for many fishermen last Saturday. The cool weather has much of the striped bass spawning population still holding in the upper reaches of selected tidal rivers. The warm weather that is predicted this week will dramatically change that when water temperatures climb and spawning takes place. Once spawning occurs the fish will be headed for the bay and available to fishermen. Tim Plavko came all the way up from Florida to fish with childhood friends and for the privilege to catch a big fish like this; a first for him.

Fishermen looking for post-spawn striped bass flocked to many of the traditional locations along some of the steeper edges of the shipping channel and the mouth of the Potomac River. White or chartreuse parachutes and bucktails ruled the day and many fishermen combined the two colors in their offerings.

Striped BassA lot of fishermen made the effort to get up early to be on the bay by sunrise and most were not disappointed even if everyone didnít catch fish. It was a beautiful sunrise and the weather was just about perfect. Brian Smack sent in a story of getting his young son James up at 4:30 and fortifying him with doughnuts and snacks as they left the Sandy Point State Park boat ramp at sunrise. A father and son team fishing together that was back at the boat ramp by 9:45 with their prize and some wonderful memories of fishing together.

Fishermen in the lower Potomac River are reporting the first big croakers have shown up at the mouth of the Wicomico River and the Point Lookout area. White perch are steadily moving down the tidal rivers and warmer water this week should put them in a biting mode.Hickory Shad The striped bass catch and release fishery at the Susquehanna area is going great guns this week and the hickory shad are thick at Deer Creek. Cameron Wright was fishing with his dad at Deer Creek when he caught and released his first ever hickory shad.

Freshwater fishermen continue to enjoy good trout fishing this week in the many trout waters that the fisheries biologists continue to stock. Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake are catching walleye this week and a mix of smallmouth and largemouth bass. The largemouth bass are beginning to move into the spawning areas in many of our lakes, ponds and tidal rivers and are eagerly striking a variety of lures. Water temperatures are just about ideal for a wide variety of freshwater fish and some of them can be surprising at times. Kelly Ridings was fishing in Rocky Gorge Striped Basswith friends when he caught this 21 lb, 14oz striped bass; that is quite an impressive catch to say the least.

Fishermen in the Ocean City area are finding increasing numbers of flounder in the back bay areas this week as well as tautog in and around the inlet. Surf fishermen are catching a few medium sized black drum and a lot of dogfish and skates. Tautog are waiting for fishermen out on the inshore wrecks sites.





Quote of the Week:

So if escapism is a reason for angling- then the escape is to reality. The sense of freedom that we enjoy in the outdoors is, after all, a normal reaction to a more rational environment.

A.J. McClain

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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 reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release 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 Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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