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Latest Update: May 6, 2009

Next Update: May 13, 2009 (By 5pm)

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MenhadenThe post-spawn striped bass are on the move out of the spawning areas and are headed down the shipping channel of the bay and to a lesser extent the Potomac River this week. Fishermen should find good fishing conditions this week; conditions may be overcast and at times rain may appear but the low light conditions can also help keep the fish up close to the surface and in more of a feeding mood. Feeding is a primary concern for all of these post-spawn striped bass and the number one item on the dinner table is menhaden. A few river herring and hickory shad are going to have the misfortune of running into these striped bass as they also leave the bay but large menhaden tend to be the most numerous item on the menu. Rich Watts was trolling off the Kent Island when he spotted bait on his depth finder and wound up snagging several menhaden such as this one when he trolled through them.

There is perhaps one more good week of fishingStriped Bass for these big striped bass in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake and the next chance will be in about another week or so off the beaches of Maryland as surf fishermen get a chance as the fish head up the coast. A lot of memories have been made in the last couple of weeks by fishermen catching these magnificent fish and a lot of family and friendship bonds reaffirmed. Fishing brings us all closer to the things we often hold dearest; be sure to make a toast at some time or find some other way to show your gratitude to the striped bass. We’ve seen a lot of smiles on this website in the past couple of weeks rejoicing in the bond of a fish. Don and Bonnie Baker couldn’t be happier than when they are fishing together.

Largemouth BassWhite perch and croaker fishing is on the upswing this week as warmer water temperatures are bringing these two fisheries to life.

Freshwater fishermen in the western region will be watching for river and stream flows to subside this week after recent heavy rains. Deep Creek Lake is offering great fishing opportunities for walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass this week. The largemouth bass in many regions of the state are either beginning to spawn, are actively spawning or have just finished; depending on water temperature. Anna Hawthorne was fishing with her dad and brother on the lower Susquehanna when she caught and released this pre-spawn largemouth bass.

Fishermen in the Ocean City area have endured some miserable weather this week but they caught flounder, striped bass and tautog in and around the back bays and inlet areas. Surf fishermen caught a mix of dogfish, skates and a few nice sized striped bass and black drum. The boats that ventured out to the inshore wreck sites found a mix of sea bass and tautog. The weatherman promises us fairer weather later on this week.


Quote of the Week:

I’d rather be fishing! The last words of Jimmy Glass before being executed in the electric chair.

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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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