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Latest Update: May 20, 2009

Next Update: May 27, 2009 (By 5pm)

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For many of us it seems hard to believe that the Memorial Day Weekend is upon us; granted it a little early this year but in little more than a week it will be June. It seemed like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were getting geared up for the opening of trout season and the trophy striped Oyster 'May' Wormsbass season. I suppose summer is just around the corner; it certainly must have been painfully clear to those unfortunate souls stuck in bumper to bumper traffic last Sunday afternoon on Route 50 west from the Bay Bridge to beyond Easton towards Ocean City. Whether you travel far or stay close to home have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and please take a moment sometime on Monday to reflect upon the true meaning behind the holiday. Originally the day was called Decoration Day and was changed to Memorial Day; whatever you term you use, it is a day of remembrance for men and women who died in military service to their country.

Well, we are approaching the end of May and we had a full moon a little more than a week ago so it is time for May worms on the Chesapeake. That metamorphic stage of our oyster worms that causes swarms of wiggling pink worms under dock lights at night and some consternation among fishermen. Often striped bass and white perch are so gorged with the little morsels that they look like they are ready to explode if they eat just one more. Rob White sent us this picture of a swarm of May worms under his dock light on Cat Creek just of the Patuxent River.

Striped BassDespite may worm swarming; fishermen are catching some nice striped bass this week. Large striped bass are still being caught by boats trolling large parachutes and bucktails in the shipping channel and they are also catching medium sized striped bass on smaller offerings. Although catches of large striped bass are diminishing; not all striped bass have finished spawning and there will be stragglers for the next couple of weeks moving down the bay. Mike O’Brien was out fishing with his friends when he caught this nice striped bass and judging from the girls hamming it up in the picture they all had a great time fishing together out on the Chesapeake.

A lot of fishermen are now switching to jigging and casting for their striped bass with soft plastic jigs around structure or when breaking fish and diving birds are encountered. Others have begun chumming at traditional locations with good success. Our summer migrants are steadily moving into our waters. Speckled TroutCroakers are now well established in the lower bay region and are beginning to show up in the middle bay as well. Flounder and bluefish are also moving into the lower bay region and in the Tangier Sound area the first speckled trout are being caught. Mike Adkins holds up a dandy that he caught in the shallows near Crisfield on a soft crab bait.

Freshwater fishermen are finding largemouth bass in a very aggressive post-spawn feeding mode this week in the reservoirs, lakes and tidal rivers of the state. Trout fishermen in the western and central regions of the state are seeing water flows returning to more suitable conditions for good fishing this week. Numerous other species of freshwater fish are very active this week; blue catfish in the tidal Black Sea BassPotomac, smallmouth bass in the upper Potomac and Deep Creek Lake, channel catfish in most tidal rivers and smaller fish such as bluegills are ready to give fishermen a tussle.

There are all kinds of good fishing to be had this week in the Ocean City area. Flounder are in the back bay areas, tautog and striped bass in and around the Ocean City Inlet and Surf fishermen are catching large striped bass that are moving northward along the beaches of Assateague and Ocean City. Offshore, the sea bass are holding on many of the wreck sites and providing excellent fishing opportunities. Doug and Shirley Eddy each hold up a double of fat sea bass caught off Ocean City.


Quote of the Week:

Fishing is a condition of the mind wherein you cannot possibly have a bad time.

Zane Grey

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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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