Fishermen are beginning to see better catch and release fishing for striped bass in the Susquehanna Flats area as water temperatures in the area creep towards that magical 50-degree mark. At present the best fishing success has been by fishermen bottom fishing with fresh cut herring baits and circle hooks. The catch and release hickory shad fishery continues to improve at the mouth of Deer Creek this week. Farther down the bay fishermen have been enjoying a good catch and release fishery for striped bass while trolling along the edges of the shipping channel, using the same gear that they will employ for the opening of the Trophy Striped Bass Season on April 19th. Fishermen have also been fishing from prominent points and fishing piers along the bay and practicing catch and release for striped bass and using circle hooks and baits such as bloodworms or cut bait.
Freshwater fishermen enjoyed good weather for their traditional opening of trout season this past weekend. The weather cooperated and water flows were good in most areas. Guy Mickley holds up a big rainbow trout he caught at Gwynns Falls in Baltimore County.
Freshwater fishermen have been enjoying good fishing for a variety of freshwater species in all regions of the state. Smallmouth bass and walleye are biting well in the upper Potomac River and largemouth bass are entering their pre-spawn feeding mode in many regions of the state so these fish are very active. Yellow perch in Deep Creek Lake as well as northern pike are active in the shallower areas of the lake. Northern pike can also be found in other bodies of water in Maryland. Fisherman Han Chung was fishing out of his kayak in Triadelphia Reservoir lately and hauled this huge northern pike into his kayak; which did not leave him much room to take a picture and unhook it before sliding it back into the water.
White perch fishing in the many tidal rivers and creeks in Maryland has been good this week as the fish make their way up to their spawning grounds. Fishermen have been using small jigs tipped with grass shrimp to catch them in the upper reaches or bottom rigs and bloodworms in the lower sections of the rivers.
In the Ocean City area fishermen are catching tautog in increasing numbers at the Ocean City Inlet on the bottom of the ebb tide along bulkheads and the jetties. A few undersized striped bass are being caught and the first flounder have been reported near the Route 90 Bridge. Surf fishermen continue to catch mostly spiny dogfish and skates while waiting for the first large striped bass to show up. The part boat fleet venturing out to the wreck sites have been catching limits of tautog and Susan Samock of Olney brought in the first sea bass of the season.
Quote of the Week:
"My mere presence has spoiled the fishing in a half dozen states. "
We usually get a lot of photos this time of year, if you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year.
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this week's gallery (3 photos).
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Click here to view recent bay satellite images at mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/NASAimagery/EyesInTheSky.cfm.
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:
Weight/length of catch
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years of age, we must have a
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