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Latest Update: July 22, 2009

Next Update: July 31, 2009 (By 5pm)

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.


Note, Keith Lockwood is away, but the fishing report rolls on! Keith will be back next week but in the meantime local fisheries biologists will do our best to provide you with fishing reports from across Maryland.

We’re almost through July now but still enjoying temperatures typical of early June or September. Cooler temperatures make for a more enjoyable time on the water and also for better fishing. Cooler water holds more dissolved oxygen then warmer water and helps reduce stress on fish and other aquatic organisms.

I don’t meant to sound like a stuck record, but stripped bass patterns have not changed much since last week. Anglers are reporting consistent catches of striped bass out in front of Chesapeake Beach. In the morning, fish can be found on the surface, often under flocks of seagulls. Later in the day, anglers are choosing to troll along channel edges or drift live spot off points and bars. If you locate a school on your fishfinder, try jigging spoons or chumming. Also heard a lot of reports this week of breaking rock and blues near Poplar Island.

Chumming seems to be the way to go between Love Point and Swan Point. Still a lot of sub-legal fish (please use circle hooks!) but keeper fish are mixed in, so stick with it!

Several Spanish mackerel were caught in the lower bay this week on jigs and Clark’s spoons. Along with mackerel, anglers are catching croaker, striped bass, bluefish, white perch, flounder, and this 70+ pound black drum caught by Andy Halstead of Dunedin, FL. Andy was fishing with alumni from the University of Maryland and landed the fish on 15 pound tackle.

Largemouth bass fishing can be tough this time of year, focus your effort early in the morning and late in the evening for best results.

Good flounder fishing is still happening in Ocean City, especially on the outgoing tides near the Thorofare and inlet.

Crabbing is hit and miss depending on where and when you go. The upper bay and Chester river are slow, but still producing for those that stick it out. More favorable results are coming in the tribs south of the Bay Bridge, especially the Choptank.

Jim Thompson
Fisheries Biologist
MD DNR Fisheries Service


Quote of the Week:

Summer is the topsy-turvy season when the goldfish have to be boarded out while the family goes on a fishing trip.  - Unknown

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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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