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Posted on April 18, 2013 | Permalink

Gunpowder Shad

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder River

After a late arrival on Wednesday morning at Deer Creek near Stafford bridge, I was greeted by only one fisherman who was packing up. Not usually a good sign. He said Hickory Shad fishing has been slow the last few mornings and he had only caught a few Herring. I put on my waders, grabbed my fly rod and tried for myself for two hours and had the same results only I didn't even catch a Herring. Determined to not get skunked, I drove to the Gunpowder River and parked in the lot off of Jones Road and hiked to my favorite spot. Within an hour I had hooked and released over a dozen shad while snapping a few pictures. As you can see from the pics, hickories are a fun fish to catch, often making one or two impressive leaps out of the water. The water temperature in the Gunpowder was a few degrees warmer than Deer Creek so I'm guessing that may have played a role in my success.

Tags: Hickory Shad,

Posted on May 29, 2012 | Permalink

Good Fishing on the Susquehanna River

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: mouth of Deer Creek

Some large white perch are still in the Susquehanna River along with lots of smaller ones. Fished Monday morning out of my canoe and caught plenty of them around the islands at the mouth of Deer Creek along with a half dozen smallmouth bass. Kept a few of the larger ones for dinner! Two inch silver twister tail jigs, silver/black sassy shad jigs and the black split tail beetle spin in the picture worked the best.

Tags: white perch, smallmouth bass

Posted on May 10, 2012 | Permalink

Great Day Fishing at Loch Raven

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Loch Raven Reservior

A great day of fishing at Loch Raven on Wednesday. Fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie was a little slow with only 3 or 4 of each making it to the boat but the pickerel made up for the slow start. Once I started targeting pickerel in the shallows it was hard to not catch them on almost everything I tossed. I hooked so many from 12" to 24" in length I gave up counting after two dozen.

Tags: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, chain pickerel

Posted on June 23, 2011 | Permalink

Canoe Ride Down the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Gunpoweder River

Our four hour canoe ride down the Gunpowder River from Monkton to Sparks Road this past Sunday morning turned out to be one of my best fishing days ever on the river. We caught and released 4 rainbows 12" to 13", lots of browns ranging from 5" to 10" with one 14" long and too many fallfish to keep track of with some topping 15". Small silver size "0" Mepps and silver Rooster Tail spinners on an ultralight rod fished slow and deep at the top of each pool were the ticket for the day.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Fallfish

Posted on April 26, 2011 | Permalink

Hickory Shad run in the Gunpowder River

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Gunpowder River

It was a beautiful Sunday morning with the sun rising and a light fog lifting. I parked in the lot off of Jones Road to access the lower section of the Gunpowder River. The shad run is one of my favorite times of the year to fly fish. Once you find the right hole, the right fly and the right drift you usually do very well. This morning was no exception. Beside catching lots of fish, watching these small hickory shad leap out of the water is a real thrill. Keep in mind if you target these fish, they are in the rivers spawning and are a "Catch and Release" species in Maryland. Please avoid dragging them onto the shore and release them quickly and gently back into the water.

Tags: Hickory Shad

Posted on November 21, 2010 | Permalink

Lower Tangier Sound Artificial Reef Site

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Lower Tangier Sound Artificial Reef Site

A follow up to the fishing report posted by Fisheries Biologist Erik Zlokovitz. Two days later on Friday (11/19) myself, Fisheries Biologist Marty Gary, and underwater videographer Nick Caloyianis conducted MARI reef monitoring dives on the same Lower Tangier Sound Artificial Reef site built in 2007 with material from the Woodrow Wilson bridge. The following images show the reef to be alive with life. Within seconds of descending to the bottom we saw schools of stripers swimming around us and started encountering numerous tautog, a few as big as 24" in length. The concrete slabs and rubble from the bridge are now covered with water filtering tunicates, oyster of all size, ghost anemones, mussels, and red beard sponge.

Living amongst the marine growth were lots of mud crabs, naked gobies and the occasional toad fish. This site along with many other reef sites we have monitored are like a small oasis surrounded by a sand desert. Our long diving day ended with the following beautiful sunset over our Chesapeake Bay. For the location of this reef site and other MARI sites visit the following DNR Artificial Reef link and if you would like to donate to MARI to support other reef projects please visit:

Tags: Artificial Reef, Tautog, Striped Bass

Posted on July 29, 2010 | Permalink

Gooses Fish Haven received its much awaited smart buoy

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Fish Haven (Dominion Reef), Mid Bay

I was out this past Tuesday doing some monitoring dives and underwater photography for Marty Gary and Erik Zlokovitz at the DNR and wanted to share this report with everyone. By the way, I really like the new weekly fishing report format.

This Tuesday the Gooses Fish Haven (Dominion Reef) in the mid Chesapeake Bay received its much awaited smart buoy. Many groups, M.A.R.I., Dominion energy, NOAA, National Park Service and the MDDNR played a part to add this new buoy to the existing network of buoys providing realtime data of bay conditions. Info can be accessed at 877-BUOYBAY and at Data like sea conditions, wind speed, water temps and dissolved O2 from this new buoy in the mid Bay will be helpful to boaters, fisherman and scientists.

A little background info on he site. Dominion Reef is made of recycled materials from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and is a popular fishing location. It attracts a large variety of fish and benthic life. I've attached some images of Tuesday's buoy deployment and some images of the fish we have encounter on monitoring dives on the site over the past 2 years. The reef has both some seeded oysters and some naturally occurring oysters, ghost anemones and during different times of the year crabs, black seabass, rockfish, spot, atlantic spadefish and bluefish are common.

Tags: Gooses Fish Haven, Dominion Reef, Striped Bass, Blue Crabs, Black Seabass, Spot, Atlantic Spadefish, Bluefish, MARI, Artificial Reef Initiative, Data Bouy

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