Tim McGreer, Recreational Angler
- Edgewater, MD
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Posted on July 24, 2013 | Permalink
Crabbing is Horrible on the Rhode River
Location: Rhode River
On 20 JUL 2013, I used 30 collapsible traps and crabbed from my Jon Boat close to the west side of "Big Island" at the back of the Rhode River. My traps were set by 0630. I didn't pick them up until 1000.
My results were horrible! I kept five male blue crabs that were of descent size. I threw back a dozen undersized crabs; of which, only a few were females.
The weather was over cast until about 0800. The winds were out of the south at 10 knots. The tide was going out. I moved my traps around, but remained in the same general location. The crabbing remained extremely poor. Several other crabbers were out on the River. I do not know of their results.
I have family property on the Rhode River (with a pier). I had two crab pots deployed off the pier. The entire day, I caught nothing in the traps except for an small female crab; which I released.
Is the crabbing bad right now due to a combination of exceedingly warm water temperatures and low salinity (no sea nettles are in the back of the Rhode River)? Or, is there some other phenomenon that is causing such a poor crabbing experience; I.e., am I the only one not catching crabs?
DNR Response: Thank you for your Rhode River crab report on the Anglerís Log. Crab populations can be highly localized throughout the bay and tributaries based on numerous factors such as weather conditions, habitat, food availability, water quality and localized fishing pressure. The 2013 Winter Dredge Survey showed that the total abundance of blue crabs is down bay-wide, dropping from 765 million to 300 million. Even though the population has dropped mainly due to poor reproduction and a number of environmental factors (predations, loss of sea grass, and higher than average water temperatures) the good news is that number of spawning age females increased by 52% and harvest continues to be at safe levels.