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Latest Update: July 9, 2008

Next Update: July 17, 2008

Maryland Fishing Challenge The Maryland Fishing Challenge continues through this month and until September 1st. Fishermen are encouraged to register any fish they catch that meets the minimum size criteria at a Citation Center to be in the drawing for a number of prizes which include a new 4x4 Tundra pickup truck, a boat, motor and trailer outfit and thousands of dollars in prizes. On Monday, June 2, Maryland’s most desired rockfish was released into the Chesapeake Bay as part of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge. A $10,000 reward and a $5,000 diamond are being offered for his capture. Anglers can read more about the kick-off event here.  Fifteen children will be randomly chosen from fishing rodeos across the state in the coming months and will be entered to win quality fishing trips with a mentor at the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge grandKids Fishing finale in September. These two happy anglers seemed to have a fun time at the Patterson Park Fishing Derby recently.

Participation in all aspects of the Fishing Challenge continues to grow; although Diamond Jim has yet to be found. Keep an eye out for chartreuse-tagged rockfish in the Bay and its tributaries! June’s Diamond Jim may have got away, but the July Diamond Jim brings bigger prizes to the lucky angler that catches him! On July 2, near Fort McHenry, the latest batch of Diamond Jim tagged stripped bass were released into Maryland waters. Be on the lookout for the chartreuse tags for a chance to win $20,000 courtesy of Boater’s World and a $5,000 diamond from Smyth Jewelers. More information can be found at


Samantha Stanco called her dad and told him she’d be home for the 4th of July and since they hadn’t been fishing together in eight years she wanted to go fishing together on the upper Potomac. Her dad Andy Stanco had a favorite fishing hole in mind and they decided to go fishing in the early morning hours casting from shore. Samantha not only got toWalleye spend some one on one time with her dad but she also caught and released this beautiful 26-3/4” walleye in the process will receive a Catch & Release Citation and has entered her qualifying catch in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Fishermen in the upper bay region are catching striped bass in the general region from Baltimore Light to the Triple Buoys and south to the Bay Bridge. Fishermen are live lining spot and white perch on steep channel edges and deep structure, trolling umbrella rigs with Storm lures as trailers, chumming or encountering breaking fish in the early morning or evening hours. Middle bay region fishermen are experiencing the same types of fishing although the live lining of spot has definitely taken center stage as the most effective method to catch one’s striped bass. Trolling continues to be effective, chumming to a lesser degree and anglers are finding schools of small striped bass breaking water here and there throughout the region. The western side of the shipping channel from Breezy Point south to the Gas Docks, the False Channel and the channel edge from Bloody Point to the Old Gas Buoy have been good locations to find striped bass. Lower bay region fishermen looking for striped bass have been finding the live lining of spot to be the most effective method to get them. The Gas Dock area has been one of the most productive places to fish as well as the channel edge on the western side of the bay from the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant to Point Lookout. Chumming for a mix of striped bass and bluefish has centered on the Southwest Middle Grounds and trolling has been productive in the lower Potomac to Smith Point, the Patuxent and eastern sides of the shipping channel.

Croaker fishing in the lower bay/Tangier Sound region has been excellent; fishermen are catching them in the deeper channels during the day and adjacent shoal areas at dusk. Spot, small sea trout and flounder are also part of the bottom fishing mix. Middle bay region fishermen have good croaker fishing throughout the entire region. Upper bay fishermen have white perch and channel catfish for bottom fishing opportunities. Recreational crabbers report good crabbing in the lower bayBrown Trout and much of the middle bay regions; the upper bay crabbing opportunities continue to be slow.

Freshwater anglers are enjoying good fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass at Deep Creek Lake and are reaping the rewards of a recent stocking of 2,000 1lb to 4lb rainbow trout in the North Branch of the Potomac. The North Branch is of course also famous for its brown trout and Don Cosden takes one last look at this beautiful brown before releasing it back into the North Branch.

Freshwater fishermen are fishing the early morning and evening hours for largemouth bass throughout Maryland’s tidal rivers and creeks, reservoirs, lakes and ponds. Casting surface lures in the grassy shallows in the low light times of the day and deeper offerings such as soft plastics and crankbaits during brighter daylight hours has been producing some excellent fishing. Bryan Latham holds up a nice tidal Potomac largemouth bass for the camera before releasing it.Largemouth Bass

Oceanside fishermen are catching flounder in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island and a mix of summer species in the surf in the early morning or evening hours. Wreck fishermen are catching some sea bass and a few tautog and flounder during their trips. Offshore anglers have been focusing on the good bluefin tuna fishing along the 20-fathom curve at locations such as the Hambone, Hot Dog and Chicken Bone. A mix of dolphin, yellowfin tuna and a few king Mackerel and wahoo have also been coming in to the docks recently.

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will be sponsoring a kids fishing derby this Saturday July 12th from 8:00am to 11:30 am at Downs Park. For more information call 410-439-3474.


Quote of the Week:

"The life of every river sings its own song, but in most the song is long since marred by the discords of misuse. "

Aldo Leopold

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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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