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Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | November 23, 2010

Tomorrow will be a day of reflection where just about everyone takes a moment or perhaps the better part of the day to give thanks for all good that is bestowed upon us. It is a time for family, friends and traditions. Fathers, sons and daughters may sneak out in the morning while the turkey is cooking; if the Thanksgiving gathering is local and get in a little goose hunting or fishing. There are still plenty of fish to catch; whether your interests are in trout fishing, largemouth bass, striped bass or tautog.

Chesapeake Bay

School sized striped bass can still be found along channel edges and they are even breaking water and chasing bait at times but they are becoming harder to find as water temperatures approach the 50-degree mark. The striped bass health project was out trolling around Buoy 83 on Monday and they caught their samples by trolling; but their remarks were that they didn't exactly set the world on fire. It was a slow pick. Last night I had the chance to slip out into the lower Choptank just before sunset and we did manage to find some breaking fish, but in general there was not much going on. Most of the fish were 17" in size but there were enough 19" to 21" fish to eke out a limit to take home. The screaming gulls and terns seemed to be providing a requiem for the 2010 season on the Chesapeake for me since this may be my last trip out for the season. The diving and screaming birds, a depth finder screen stacked up with marks, a portly fall striped bass and a setting sun set the final act of what has been a very good season on the Chesapeake.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Reports of large fall migrant fish being caught by trolling large parachutes and bucktails are being reported from above the Bay Bridge to the Virginia line but so far it has been slow. A fish here and there has been the norm for most fishermen trolling along the edges of the shipping channel.

Freshwater

Trout fishing continues to be very good in western and selected central region streams and rivers. The generous fall stocking that occurred in October, cool water temperatures and generally pleasant fall weather make for some wonderful trout fishing opportunities.

Fishing for a mix of smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch has been good in Deep Creek Lake as these fish prowl outside of the grass beds edging some of the shallower areas. Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good in the upper Potomac although water levels continue to be low.

Fishing for largemouth bass continues to be good as bass continue to forage on baitfish and crawfish that are leaving the shallow areas where grass beds are diminishing due to cold water temperatures. Largemouth bass are holding in deeper transitional water near drop offs and also can be found holding near deep sunken wood. Small crankbaits and jigs that resemble crawfish are a good bet as are slow rolled spinnerbaits.

Oceanside

Photo Courtesy Keith Lockwood. Click to Enlarge.

Tautog fishing at the inlet area continues to be good when clear water conditions prevail. Strong winds will whip up bay waters and on an out going tide the cloudy water conditions do not do well for tautog and striped bass fishing at the inlet and Route 50 Bridge area. Although this fish had to be released because it came up short this fisherman who traveled from Baltimore to fish was still having a good time.

Surf fishermen are catching large striped bass in the Ocean City and Assateague surf when conditions are right. Heavy surf conditions are always a problem this time of the year so make sure to make a call to local shops before making a long drive. Large menhaden baits, heavy surf sticks, and a hefty sinker will put you into play for some of these large migrant striped bass that are moving down the coast.

Trolling for large striped bass and bluefish at the shoal fishing areas off Ocean City has been very good this week and should continue for the near future. Boats have been coming into the inlet with some impressive sized fish; so if you can trailer down to Ocean City, give it a try. Fishing for sea bass and tautog on the wreck sites has been good and double digit catches and some limits are common when the sea conditions are favorable.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
-Theodore Roosevelt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Keith Lockwood has been writing the Fishing Report since 2003 and has had a long career as a fisheries research biologist since 1973. Over the course of his career he has studied estuarine fishery populations, ocean species, and over a decade long study of bioaccumulation of chemicals in aquatic species in New Jersey. Upon moving to Oxford on the eastern shore of Maryland; research endeavors focused on a variety of catch and release studies as well as other fisheries related research at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory. Education and outreach to the fishing public has always been an important component to the mission of these studies. Keith is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, bird dogs, family and life on the eastern shore of Maryland.


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Jim Gronaw
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
37
Sent in on: October 17, 2014 Permalink

Best Time to Harvest Some Panfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Ponds
Tags: Panfish, Bluegills, Sunfish, Crappie, White Perch, Yellow Perch

Just want to remind everyone that now is one of the best times to harvest and eat a few panfish fillets. Bluegills, crappies, white and yellow perch, along with a host of hybrid sunfish species are chowing down in the fall. We recently enjoyed catches of 75, 31, 70 and 62 panfish, mostly bluegills, on our last four trips respectively from small public waters. Of those totals we kept 30 for the pan, releasing the rest.

Small 1/64th or 1/80th ounce shad darts or hair jigs tipped with worms or mealworms are our top producers. Fish them 3 to 5 feet below a sensitive bobber and allow the wind to drift them along weed edges, creek channels or around sunken brush or wood. Good luck and harvest only what you can eat for a few meals and release the rest, especially the larger specimens.

Photo shows Matt Gronaw with a pair of great fall bluegills from one of our recent trips.

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Paul Major
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: October 16, 2014 Permalink

Garrett County Style Largemouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County
Tags: Largemouth Bass

Recently caught and released on a rainy day somewhere in Garrett county, MD. Used an artificial frog. Photo by my son, Sean Major.

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Alan Klotz
Fisheries Biologist
NA
Total Reports:
67
Sent in on: October 16, 2014 Permalink

Fisheries Management Class Helps with Surveys

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: North Branch Potomac River
Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout

The Garrett College Fisheries Management Class has been busy assisting the Western Region DNR staff with trout population surveys this month. We surveyed the upper Catch and Return Trout Fishing Area downstream of Jennings Randolph Lake recently and found a trout population density of more than 500 trout per mile. This is one of the highest trout densities in recent years. We collected rainbow trout measuring up to 20 inches, brown trout up to 15 inches, and even a couple of beautiful brook trout. After the survey was completed, about 500 adult rainbow trout were stocked in the river to make the fishing even better.

Pictured are 1) brook trout 2) trophy rainbow trout 3) Garrett College students with trophy rainbow and golden trout 4) Garrett College students stocking the North Branch Potomac River.

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