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Posted on October 7, 2015 | Permalink

Canton Promenade Rockfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Canton Promenade

"Two fun methods to take advantage of this scenario are light tackle jigging or using topwater lures around surface feeding fish. At the moment most are reporting that the striped bass in the tidal rivers of the upper bay tend to be in the 14" size range."

I went out Tuesday morning with about an hour to kill, and the overcast skies led me to believe a topwater lure would get attention. All told I caught 5 fish. The one pictured was the largest and is almost the definition of the fish from the September 30 Fishing overview (probably 14 inches). The others that I found making noise were maybe 10 inches… almost too small to hook up despite some mighty effort by those little guys trying hard to hit the pop-R.

Looking forward to this weather moving out so I can fish the Key Bridge and the Canton piers from kayak.

Tags: striped bass

Posted on September 1, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing at Dusk

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Middle Branch

I went back out to Middle Branch Park area on Monday August 31.

I launched from Ferry Bar Park behind Wal-Mart around 7 PM, and didn’t have to go very far. There was quite a lot of action until the sun set at 8:30. One spot just past the green channel marker produced a hit every single time (casting towards the hospital and reeling back to the marker). 3 of the perch were of nice size, and I lost quite a few more at the boat… the bite was very soft and I was throwing a spinner with a pretty slow retrieve.

I also caught and quickly released 2 striped bass, one maybe 16 inches, the other probably 12 inches at best. There were plenty of larger fish slapping the surface and I even saw some fins on the surface that indicated really large fish working that shoal area.

This was a nice change of pace, I went to the Bay Bridge on Friday Aug 28 and caught a single red robin fish (released). I tried fresh but dead (cast net caught from the boat ramps) menhaden on a bottom rig near the bridge piers. A lot of paddling for little success. Goes to show why the dawn and dusk time frames are your best target I guess.

Tags: white perch, striped bass, sea robin

Posted on August 21, 2015 | Permalink

Fishing Opportunities in Charm City and Nearby

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Baltimore and Conowingo

I have 3 reports in one here:
Last Friday (Aug 14), I had the opportunity to fish the Conowingo pool in the late morning from about 10 AM to 1 PM. I fished from a kayak and used an inline spinner. I caught multiple catfish in the 2-3 lbs. range and kept 3, but caught maybe as many as 10. I caught most of them on the southern side of the island directly across from the boat ramp of the fishing park. I would paddle up to the sign marking the boating restricted area and drift back with the current about 20 feet from the rock shoreline. On the northern side of the island I caught more cats, and along the shallower rocks probably 4 smallmouth bass in the 12” size range. The attached picture shows how a catfish mouth can mangle your lure up.

Monday, (Aug 17) we took the kids down to the promenade on the Baltimore inner harbor (Canton Vietnam Veterans Park) between 7 and 9 PM. I was using the same type of lure and caught only one white perch. There’s a lot of bait in this area and small rockfish and white perch are slapping them around. The kids fished with green nitro worms and didn’t catch a single thing. We talked to a few folks and grass shrimp on the bottom or under a cork seemed to be the ticket as they were catching a lot of perch.

Tuesday (Aug 18), I had an hour to kill in the morning and fished the area near Harbor view hospital (Middle Branch Park), with the same lure I used the evening before. I caught multiple white and yellow perch here walking the shore spots between the dock and the Hanover bridge… just fishing from shore. If the shoreline was rocky, then fish would be just off the rocks, so I casted down the shoreline and reeled in with the current. The yellow perch pictured was pretty good size (maybe 14 inches) and perhaps the largest one I’ve ever caught. The white perch were all larger in size than those being caught off the promenade in Canton.

Tags: White Perch, Yellow Perch, catfish

Posted on April 6, 2015 | Permalink

Shad are Showing Up

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Shad are showing up in the Potomac down at Fletcher's Cove. I had the chance to get out Thursday, April 2nd. We fished from 10 until 2, and between two of us in kayaks we were hooking up maybe every 8-10 casts. We were most successful just outside the strongest current, on the shallower side of the river. Wind was out of the south and actually pushed us up stream slowly. We had some really good rod benders, and a lot of jumps. That equals a fun trip.

We fished tandem darts. I'm not sure color mattered. We fished white with red tiped darts, I had green tail and my friend used the same with white tail. My trailer dart was fluorescent yellow with red tips and white skirt, the other rig used fluorescent orange (solid) and a white skirt. We never switched out and each of those darts got hits.

Tags: shad

Posted on November 10, 2014 | Permalink

Inner Harbor Stripers

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Inner Harbor

Got the chance to get out in my Kayak in the inner harbor on Tuesday afternoon 11/4. Over by the NS Savannah, I found a school of 16 inch rocks hitting baits being swept by the end of the pier. Can’t say there was a throw-back ratio, they were all clones, they all got thrown back. I was able to hook up about every 3rd cast and usually had 3-4 other fish closely following the hooked fish back to my boat. Tried jigging underneath and searching for perch in the area with no luck, but can’t complain when you’re catching these beauties. I was using a Blue Fox Vibrax spinner #3 size bright yellow body, silver blade and cranking it close to the surface of the water. Lots of fun!

Tags: Striped Bass

Posted on November 25, 2013 | Permalink

Fishing at the Harbor

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Harbor

I got the chance to hit the harbor this afternoon for about 3 hours. Just about every 30 - 45 minutes fish would break in this area very actively for maybe 10 minutes. I caught two White Perch, and the pictured, approximately 14 inch rock.

All the activity was over 45 - 50 feet of water in front of the approach to the piers. I was jigging the bottom with a 1 oz crippled herring spoon and a shad dart tied on about a foot above. I haven't had much luck trying to troll from my kayak, but this lure combo has pulled in lots of White Perch this year.

Tags: White Perch, Striped Bass

Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink

Stripers and Perch at Fort Armistead

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Hawkins Point Shoal/Fort Armistead

Friday July 19th, I fished the Hawkins Point Shoal/Fort Armistead. There were lots of fish right off the edge of the shoal moving from 7 ft. to 13 feet of water. I fished a 3" yellow jigging spoon and caught this stripper on the first drop, as soon as I went to pull up the fist time it was fish on. Every time I drifted over, I caught a fish. Mostly 12 - 14 inch stripers, but a few nice White Perch to take home were in the mix.

My daughter found this small creature in the cooler after I cleaned the fish, it was swimming around in the remaining water. She would like me to ask you what it might be.

DNR Response: That little guy is an Argulus, it is usually found on the skin and scales of Striped Bass from August to October. Here are a link with more info about Argulus.

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch

Posted on June 14, 2011 | Permalink

Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Patterson Park

Checking out the weekly fishing overview, I was reminded about the Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.

We had to squeeze it in between a birthday party and Honfest, but my daughter was game to go the “fishing party”. First we visited the arts and crafts table provided by the Audubon society, and then played some games. We finally decided it was time to fish and half a night crawler put us on top of the leader board on the first cast. I was pretty surprised myself, when I said, “you better real that in kiddo”, and then had to notch over the drag on the Barbie princess fishing pole while she was cranking it in. Eventually we got edged into second place, but I was bursting with pride anyway. Lots of fish got caught, and the event staff was furiously weighing them in, and then re-baiting hooks. Every fish caught was entered into a raffle for a rod and reel combo, and everyone who caught a fish also got entered once for a guided trip courtesy of DNR. The guy who won first prize doubled down, so that’s really a good day out at the pond!

I’d really like to thank the Friends of Patterson Park, Baltimore City Parks&Rec, and the DNR for providing the bait and poles for any kid who wanted to go fishing Saturday. It kept threatening to rain, but never did, and I think only two people got hooked... but there were plenty of blue gill and bass that put a smile on everyone’s faces.

If you live in the city, the pond in Patterson park is a great place to take the kids. There’s a big playground nearby, ducks to feed, and plenty of scrappy blue gills to keep you busy. However, it’s all catch and release only- in fact a couple of those blue gill didn’t even have an upper portion of their mouths anymore.

Tags: Youth Fishing, Maryland Fishing Challenge, Junior Angler

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