Cooling water temperatures have done much to present fishermen with exciting fishing opportunities this week. Fish in all environments are in a very active mode and fishermen are enjoying this upswing in activity. Peter Schumacher was fishing in Rocky Gorge when he hooked up with this 36Ē landlocked striped bass proving one does not have to fish in the bay to catch a big striped bass. Peter mentioned that he caught it on a DT16 diving crankbait and that this fish straightened out several of the treble hooks on the lure.
Fishermen this week are seeing increased opportunities to catch striped bass in the very upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay and continued good fishing from Hart-Miller Island south to the Bay Bridge. Fishermen are jigging over suspended schools of striped bass and bluefish, trolling or live lining spot. Fishermen in the middle bay region are finding bluefish dominating the fishing scene out in the main portion of the bay. The large numbers of bluefish are making it more difficult to reach striped bass when live lining spot or trolling. Fishermen continue to find a mix of bluefish and striped bass breaking water throughout all regions of the Chesapeake and jigging underneath with metal jigs or casting various lures to the surface fish has been offering some exciting fishing this week. This nice flounder caught on a jig by Rich Watts must have decided to get into the action above with the bluefish and striped bass.
Perhaps some of the most exciting news this week in the Chesapeake fishing scene is the arrival of the first of the large fall migrant striped bass in the lower bay. Fishermen have been trolling with large parachutes and bucktails this past week and the first big fish are now being boated.
Recreational crabbers are enjoying the last hurrah of this years crabbing season and catching good numbers of heavy crabs in all three regions of the Chesapeake. Collapsible crab traps and trotlines are accounting for full bushel baskets of crabs destined for those last crab feasts or crab cakes to help soften the coming winter. Rhonda Franz shows off a nice bushel caught in Eastern Bay with collapsible traps.
Freshwater Fisheries stocking crews have been busy with the fall stocking program this week throughout the state. Crews have been generously stocking large rainbow and brown trout in selected waters. This beauty of a brown trout destined for the Gunpowder River this week is just an example of the large trout that are being stocked for fishermen.
Cooler water temperatures have increased the activity levels of many freshwater fish this week and fishermen are finding some of the seasonís best fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the states lakes, reservoirs and tidal waters. Fishing for channel catfish and blue catfish is on the upswing this week due to cooler water temperatures and fishermen are enjoying the action. Other species such as chain pickerel, walleye and fish such as this nice crappie held up by Luke Keener at Dam #4 on the upper Potomac.
Oceanside fishermen are targeting flounder near the Ocean City Inlet this week as the flounder move through the inlet area on their way offshore. Tautog, bluefish and striped bass are also being caught in the inlet area this week as well. Surf fishermen are reporting large numbers of small bluefish in the surf and increasing numbers of large striped bass. The Ocean City fleet reports fair to good fishing this week for a mix of sea bass, tautog, flounder and large bluefish.
Quote of the Week:
Memory is a manís real possession... In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
Alexander Smith 1830-1867.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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