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Latest Update: April 22, 2009 Next Update: April 29, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

The weather man is predicting some beautiful weather for this weekend and fishermen will be ready to take advantage of it and enjoy some fishing in the Ocean City area. Surf water temperatures are slowing rising and fish are beginning to bite. There are flounder inside the inlet and spread from the Route 90 Bridge to Assateague. A falling tide helps improve the flounder bite as warmer waters from the shallower areas of the back bays mix with the colder waters.

Tautog are being caught inside the Ocean City Inlet along jetties, bulkheads and near bridge piers. The fishing will get better as water temperatures climb and with nice weather forecast for the weekend itís a fun activity. The evening crew has been casting soft plastic jigs in and around the inlet and back bays and a few undersized striped bass have been caught.

Surf fishermen have been fishing with cut baits and picking a spiny and smooth dogfish along with skates. A few medium sized black drum were caught this past week in the surf at Assateague.

Fishermen venturing out to the inshore wreck sites report fair to good tautog fishing on many of the wrecks this past week and that fishing will certainly improve with warmer water temperatures.

If you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we periodically run. Click here for this week's gallery!

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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 keep the file size under one megabyte if possible. 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

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