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Latest Update: September 16, 2009

Next Update: September 23, 2009 (By 5pm)

2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge

The 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge will occur on Saturday, September 19 at Sandy Point State Park. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:45 a.m. No late registrations will be allowed. Please be early. The event starts 10:00 a.m. Letters will go out at least ten days prior, reminding those lucky people about the event. The event will be held rain or shine. If there is a storm preventing the event, there is no rain date. The actual drawing will be recorded and posted online the following week.

A specially tagged striped bass was caught Sept 3 and may be worth up to $25,000, come to the event on Sept 19 to find out if Mike Lyons of Denton, MD caught the actual Diamond Jim or an imposter worth $500.

Here is the link to the Fishing Challenge website; a world of information there.


Spanish MackerelChesapeake Bay fishermen who ventured out this past weekend after the northeaster began to report a difficult time locating spot and croakers in the tidal rivers. Further fishing expeditions this week will add further light to whether our mix of summer migrants is beginning to say “Adios” and are heading south. This exodus usually starts with the spot and croaker, followed by the Spanish mackerel and flounder and last to leave will be the bluefish. The good news is striped bass are becoming more active and the anticipated arrival of large fall migrant striped bass is closer to being a reality. Brad Woodhouse holds up a nice Spanish mackerel caught below Breezy Point this past Sunday.

Trolling continues to be an effective way to catch a mix of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and striped bass this week and fishermen are also finding plenty of breaking fish comprised of the same trio of fish. Croaker fishing has been good this week in the lower bay region with some of the best action happening in the area of the Target Ship and Tangier Sound.

Freshwater fishermen are finding largemouth bass in a very active mode now that cooler water temperatures have caused them to break from their summer pattern of behavior. Fishing has been good in many of the states reservoirs and lakes as well as the tidal rivers and creeks. Trout fishermen are finding good water flows and active fish in the western and central regions rivers and streams.

Oceanside fishermen are beginning to see improving fishing for tautog in the Ocean City Inlet area and sea bass fishing on the wreck sites took a very welcomed upswing after last week’s big blow. Offshore fishermen are catching dolphin and a mix of white marlin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo.

Quote of the Week:

It is foolish to think, as it has been said, that all men who fish are good men, as evil exists on all of life’s paths; but to join Walton’s “company of honest men” requires first the ability to accept a natural tempo of misfortune not only in the allegory where failure is represented by the loss of a fish (or success by its capture) but in life itself.


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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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