Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | July 27, 2011

Hello anglers, we apologize for not posting a report last week. Our regular writer, Keith Lockwood, continues to conduct field research but will resume writing and contributing his expert insight next week. A few biologists from around the state were able to take a minute from their busy schedules and send in a quick report. In addition, here at the Maryland Fisheries Service there are 4 summer student technicians assisting a multitude of Fisheries Programs, the students are periodically posting their experiences on our Angler's Log so be sure to catch up on all their experiences. This year's students are Cameron Fletcher, Ashley Moreland, David Brown and Ryan Gary.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Doctor

Jim Thompson's report On Chesapeake Bay waters: For several weeks now, anglers have been successfully catching spot and live-lining them for rockfish near the gooses. Anglers are also picking up a few fish using bucktails and jigs in the same area while other anglers are choosing to troll the fringes and occasionally picking up fish. The quality of fish has been good, in the mid to upper 20" range. Anglers should use caution when handling any fish that are to be released. With temperatures being in the mid to upper 90's, it is imperative to limit handling of the fish and leave them in the water while de-hooking them. Use circle hooks whenever possible!

Photo Courtesy Denny Seabright

Alan Klotz from the Western Region sent in the following: The Inland Fisheries Service staff from across the state recently conducted the annual trout population surveys in the Savage River Trophy Trout Fishing Area. The densities of wild trout populations are below the record levels observed in 2008, mainly due to four successive years of poor recruitment caused by the reservoir draining and high springtime flow events during the egg/fry stage. However, there are still plenty of nice-sized adult brown trout in the 12 – 17 inch class, and some brook trout measuring up to 11 inches for anglers to pursue. We also found a good number of foot-long rainbow trout in the Fly-Fishing Only Area; these trout most likely were flushed over the Savage River Reservoir spillway during high flow events this past spring. This is a great place to fish and escape the heat as cold river temperatures act like an air conditioner. I recently fished the river and did well using #14 Elk-hair Caddis with a Copper John nymph dropper.

Photo Courtesy Alan Klotz

John Mullican, also from the Western Region reported the following: In spite of the hot temperatures, fishing on the upper Potomac has remained good. Smallmouth bass are taking topwaters early and late in the day. Switch to tubes and finesse worms bounced on the bottom during the day. I observed a few white miller mayflies last week in the Washington County section, but haven't seen a large hatch yet. Catfishing continues to be productive with chicken livers and cut bait the favorite baits. River temperatures are generally over 85°F so anglers are urged to land fish quickly, remove hooks while the fish is in the water, and return them quickly to reduce mortality.

Photo Courtesy Joey DeGiorgi

Ocean Report submitted by DNR's Steve Doctor: The offshore action is really different this year. There are squid everywhere and it is making it hard to catch a lot of fish as they are not concentrated. We have been catching more squid in our coastal bays survey than I have ever seen. There are fish being caught at all the usual locations, and at places you would not expect them. I caught mahi as shallow as ten fathoms this week and as deep as you can go. It is just hard to catch a lot of fish, they are scattered and there is no weed line. One encouraging development is that the yellowfin are starting to gang up at the hotdog which is a much shorter run than we have been making lately, and they are responding to chunking. The tile fishing is great- as usual, if you take the time to run out and do it.

Photos Courtesy of Steve Doctor


Keith Lockwood has been writing the Fishing Report since 2003 and has had a long career as a fisheries research biologist since 1973. Over the course of his career he has studied estuarine fishery populations, ocean species, and over a decade long study of bioaccumulation of chemicals in aquatic species in New Jersey. Upon moving to Oxford on the eastern shore of Maryland; research endeavors focused on a variety of catch and release studies as well as other fisheries related research at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory. Education and outreach to the fishing public has always been an important component to the mission of these studies. Keith is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, bird dogs, family and life on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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Wayne Young
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Annadale, VA
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Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs
Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass

Monday, 12-15-14

20' Walkaround

Nature blessed the last day of striper season with a flat calm, making a nice day for me and my two guests. I planned to try deep trolling in 50-65 feet of water through some holes on the west side of the channel. We marked a few fish at 55-60 foot depths, but were unable to work the deep holes because several watermen were set up there. It appeared that they had crab pots set deep right in the holes and were standing by to retrieve them. Trolling east of the pots in 70 feet, we marked a few more fish deep, but no takers.

There was a fleet over behind Summer Gooses, but after moving over that way for a look see we found they were watermen, maybe mechanical oyster dredge rigs. I picked up gear in time to try the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm water discharge an hour before the predicted ebb. We marked many baitfish and eventually my Dragonfly downvision marked a school of fish on the bottom to no more than 3' off the bottom about 600-700 yards east of the discharge in about 20-25' of water. By this time, we had an 18" speckled trout on a 7" yellow hot-rodded Hogy bait, and a 15" speckled trout and a 17-1/2" striper (released) on a purple 6" BKD (blue and sliver BKD covered in red garlic dye) with a hot-rodded 1-1/2 oz jig head. A light southerly breeze had picked up creating a rip on the south side of the stream, and the fish we caught were generally over on that side of the stream. The school we marked was probably specs given fishing results. Several other boats were fishing the discharge stream with no luck.

Thanks again to Shawn Kembro's light tackle fishing tips (new book is great!) and also Walleye Pete Dahlberg for teaching me how to fish the discharge stream. Shawn's and Pete's tips made the difference today. I was using my left-handed baitcaster with braid and a short shock leader, thinking down the line technique wise. The left-handed baitcaster feels natural to this righthander after years of using spinning reels.


Caz Kenny
Recreational Angler
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Sent in on: December 18, 2014 Permalink

Bite Out of Control on the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder
Tags: largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill

So the bite is incredibly out of control on the Gunpowder...I took two friends out today and we absolutely hammered the fish...we caught easily over 300 fish between us...bass...crappie...yellow perch...bluegill...the fish are smoking our baits...small jigs under a float are the ticket...every single place we fished held fish...the fish are healthy and fat...the water temp is a measly 38 degrees...and they are biting like piranhas...this has been an exceptional year for all places I've had the opportunity to fish...I love fishing in Maryland!


David Carrodine
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Annapolis, MD
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Sent in on: December 18, 2014 Permalink

My Big Catch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Gum Thicket
Tags: striped bass

42" rockfish caught on 4 arm umbrella rig, trolling east side of the shipping channel - Gum Thickets- in 80 feet of water. Rainy days are better! Caught around 1:30 pm on Sat Dec 6.