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Latest Update: March 25, 2009

Next Update: April 1, 2009

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Spring is here and with that a lot of smiles are appearing on fishermen’s faces. Fishermen started the season off with a memorable yellow perch season. Freshwater fishermen of all ages are enjoying the fruit of the generous stocking of trout in the states waters this week and fishermen are once again catching largemouth bass and a variety of other freshwater fish and let us not forget catching and releasing striped bass in the bay. Striped BassThe pictures we received this week from fishermen tell the story of people forgetting all their collective worries and problems and enjoying something; that many have been fortunate enough to embrace since their youth. Perhaps that is the catalyst that it brings us back to a simpler time of family and friends. Just for a time forget the economy, forget the bills, work and other problems and take some time for that youthful spirit that is hidden in there somewhere.

Fishermen have been venturing out onto the bay to test out their new trolling gear in ever increasing numbers; so much so that many fishermen are beginning to wonder what April 18th might look like. Fishermen have also been catch and releasing ever increasing numbers of striped bass in the process. The warm water discharge at the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant came into its own recently and fishermen were able to catch and release large striped bass on light tackle by jigging. Those who are trolling are doing so along the steeper edges of the shipping channel with chartreuse parachutes and bucktails. Tim Keagy and Richard Collins certainly look happy with this fine looking striped bass before they slip it back into the bay.

Rainbow TroutThe first good fishing in the Susquehanna Flats Catch and Release fishery happened this weekend and the action is certain to gain momentum this week as water temperatures rise and more fish arrive. The first hickory shad were caught in the Susquehanna this week also.

Western region fishermen have been enjoying a lot of trout fishing opportunities in the region both Put and Take as well as Catch and Release. Keith Gamble was fly fishing on the Cassleman when he caught and released this beautiful rainbow trout. Kudos to Keith for not only catching such a nice trout but for also being prepared with a soft rubber mesh landing net; I sure the trout would thank him if it could.Largemouth Bass

Freshwater fishermen all over the states three other regions are also enjoying good trout fishing in those waters that are open. Hatchery crews and regional fisheries biologists have been working hard to get the trout out to the stocking areas. Freshwater fishermen have also been having fun with largemouth bass as the bass begin to move into shallower waters this week and become more active. The fishing in the states tidal rivers and numerous lakes and small ponds are coming alive with the spring weather and fishermen are enjoying the action at their favorite fishing hole. Brian Dockery was fishing with his dad from the shoreline at Loch Raven Reservoir Saturday when he caught and released this whopper of a largemouth bass.

Quote of the Week:

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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