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Latest Update: November 24, 2009

Next Update: December 2, 2009 (By 5pm)


Fishermen were out in force this past weekend hoping for more good fishing for large fall migrant striped bass and fish under 28”. There were fleets of boats trolling along the shipping channel edges at all the traditional hot spots with all manner of parachutes, bucktails, umbrella rigs and spoons. Quite a few fish were caught but many fishermen who are probably looking forward to being served pumpkin pie soon for Thanksgiving were instead served humble pie. For whatever reason; only known to the fish, the fishing success for fishermen recently was not what it was last weekend; hopefully that will change this week. Those that did catch some of the large fish in the area were all smiles such as this nice one held by Rich Hucek.

Fishermen looking for some light tackle jigging found fish in some areas such as the mouths of the tidal rivers and usually they were down deep. Water temperatures are now down into the low 50’s so school sized striped bass are becoming finicky and at times it takes a change of the tide to get them in a feeding mood. Fishermen relying on their depth finders to locate deep suspended fish should remember that there are other fish schooling out in the deeper waters also such as gizzard shad and white perch and may be mistaken for striped bass. White perch can be caught on bottom rigs baited with bloodworms or grass shrimp and sometimes with small jigs; although water temperatures are getting a little chilly for white perch to be active enough to respond to jigging.

Freshwater fishermen are finding largemouth bass are holding deep along channel edges in the tidal rivers and similar edges in lakes and reservoirs; especially near rocks and sunken wood. Jigs and crankbaits that resemble crawfish have been good choices for baits. Smallmouth bass and walleye are active and fishermen are enjoying good fishing in the lower Susquehanna and upper Potomac Rivers as well as Deep Creek Lake and several of the WSSC Reservoirs in the central region. Fishing for trout in the many trout managed waters in the state continues to be good. Karen Hershfeld was fishing with her husband on the Youghiogheny River when she caught and released this fine looking rainbow trout.

Fishermen in the Ocean City area continue to catch tautog in and around the inlet/Route 50 Bridge area as well as striped bass. Surf fishermen are once again out on the beaches catching large fall migrant striped bass after last week’s northeaster. Large bluefish and striped bass are being caught by fishermen trolling near the shoal areas within a few miles of the beaches. Wreck fishermen are catching good numbers of tautog on the wreck and artificial reef sites.

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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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