One only needs to open their eyes while outside to witness the beautiful palette of color that nature has prepared for us. Western Maryland has certainly passed this phase by now and even experienced their first snow earlier this week. For the rest of us in central, southern and eastern Maryland the peak of color is beginning to develop in this week and for the next week or so. A wonderful splash of color is a treat for the senses; I hope you get to experience yours while fishing at a favorite fishing spot. This picture of Blair Valley Lake in northwestern Washington County is an invitation.
Fishermen in the upper bay region are seeing better fishing opportunities for striped bass this week as most of the bluefish have departed and fishermen are freer to fish with soft plastics and live baits such as eels and small menhaden. Fishermen are encountering breaking fish in the evenings; particularly on a falling tide. Trolling over shoals, channel edges and jigging near deep structure have been excellent methods for catching striped bass this week.
Fishermen in the middle and lower bay regions are also finding breaking fish often along channel edges that consist of striped bass and small bluefish. Jigging with metal or trolling are good choices for catching these fish. There has not been much talk this week of any large fall migrant striped bass being caught but cooler water temperatures could change this situation very quickly. Shore based fishermen have been able to get into the action along shore lines, points, fishing piers and inlets or river mouths. Garrett Cook took some time off from classes at St. Mary’s College to fish at the mouth of St. Jerome’s Creek with friends and caught a mix of bluefish and striped bass.
Freshwater anglers are experiencing excellent trout fishing opportunities in the western and central regions of Maryland this week. Cooler water temperatures and generous stockings of large brown and rainbow trout from the fall trout stocking program have made for many memorable outings for fishermen. Sue Gladd caught and released this beautiful brown trout in the Zero Creel Limit stretch of the upper Potomac below Westernport last weekend while on a float fishing trip.
Fishermen have been enjoying good fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass this week as cooler water temperatures have spurred the fish into increased feeding activity. Cooler water temperatures are also causing thick grass beds to break up and crawfish to retreat to deeper cover thus making for excellent bass fishing. Walleye fishing in the upper Potomac and lower Susquehanna Rivers has also been on the upswing with cooler temperatures. Blue catfish are also showing increased activity levels this week and this whopper held by Michael Mier before being released is a prime example of a tidal Potomac River blue catfish.
Ocean City fishermen have been focusing on tautog fishing at the inlet as well as improving striped bass fishing in the evenings. Surf fishermen continue to be covered up with small bluefish this week with striped bass and large bluefish catches also improving. The boats heading out to the wreck sites are catching a mix of sea bass and tautog; those boats heading out to the Hot Dog and similar areas are finding wahoo and white marlin.
Quote of the Week:
The older we get….the better we used to be.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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