2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge Kickoff
Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge began Friday, May 29th and runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes including a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and thousands of dollars in merchandise and fishing trips from Bill's Outdoor Center.
From June through August specially tagged striped bass will be released each month at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the striped bass will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth at least $10,000 cash if caught by midnight on August 31, 2009. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will be worth $500 each if caught at any time during the contest.
Here is the link to the Fishing Challenge website; a world of information there. www.dnr.state.md.us/fishingchallenge/
Note, Keith Lockwood is on vacation for the next 2 weeks, a few of our biologists in the Department are filling in for Keith while he’s fishing.
The relatively cool summer we’ve been having continues to create enjoyable weather for fishing. As typical for this time of the year, rockfish seem to be concentrated at traditional spots and not moving too much. Good fishing continues from Chesapeake Beach to Cove point. Live-lining spot along edges and on oyster bars will produce strikes. The same edges and bars will yield nice catches of croaker too, especially during the evening. Small pieces of bloodworm or squid strips are all you need for a lot of fun, and some great eating!
Schools of bluefish are scattered throughout the Bay too and can be caught mixed in with the stripers. Anglers have reported good topwater action for both species but are going through a few more plastic baits then usual courtesy of those sharp teeth. If you run low on plastic baits or are trying to catch a better grade fish, don’t forget to jig below the schools with metal spoons like a stingsilver or diamond jig. Gold is always a hot color!
Freshwater anglers are catching all the bass they can handle in the shallows, especially on topwater baits in the early morning and evening.
Good flounder fishing is still happening in Ocean City, especially on the outgoing tides near the Thorofare and inlet.
Creature Feature… We periodically receive email from folks hoping we can identify what they observed while out and about, here’s an example of a blue ridge sculpin along with additional pictures of species sent in to DNR… I just wanted to thank you (Maryland DNR) for getting back so quickly with this information. At home, we spent a little time on the web with sculpins, learning about there habitat and how many different kinds there are. My daughter (12) and I spend a good bit of time fishing and walking streams. I took this opportunity to open her eyes to wildlife biology as one of the many directions she could go with her math and science interest.
That particular sculpin was taken under a bridge on the Ma & Pa trail in Harford County behind the Harford Mall. The little creek flows to feed Winter's Run. We released the sculpin and crawdads back to that same location. - Barry
MD DNR Fisheries Service
Quote of the Week:
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
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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:
Weight/length of catch
If anyone in your picture is under 18
years of age, we must have a
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
Until next week,
MD DNR Fisheries Service
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