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Latest Update: September 2, 2009

Next Update: September 9, 2009 (By 5pm)

2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge

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.

Specially tagged striped bass, one of which is Diamond Jim and now worth $25,000 if caught by midnight on August 31, 2009 have been released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 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.


Steve Williams with white perch, photo by JJ's Tackle ShopSeptember is here, Labor Day approaches and the grip of the summer swelter is finally slipping. Certainly there will be more heat but for the first time it can be considered to be fleeting. The Maryland Fishing Challenge will end on September 7th at midnight and Steven Williams of Lusby made sure he got his citation size white perch entered. Steve caught his 13-1/4 white perch under the Thomas Johnson Bridge on the Patuxent River on the afternoon of the 31st and proudly holds up his white perch and citation entry form at the dock of JJs Tackle Shop; which is an official citation center at Solomons. Good luck to the almost 1,600 entrants that are qualified for the prize drawing on September 19th at Sandy Point State Park.

Fishermen in the upper Chesapeake Bay region are finding good fishing for a mix of bluefish and striped bass as well as spot and white perch. The middle bay region fishermen are seeing Spanish mackerel spread from the mouth of Eastern Bay to the southern limits of the region and fishermen are enjoying excellent opportunities of catching them by either trolling or casting to breaking fish. Bluefish are also spread throughout the entire region and striped bass are being caught by live lining, trolling or jigging. Croakers, spot and flounder are being caught in good numbers from the Bay Bridge south.

Patrick Marcinkos with Spanish mackerel, photo by Jim MarcinkosLower bay region fishermen are seeing excellent fishing for Spanish mackerel and bluefish with good fishing for striped bass. Most fishermen are catching a mix of Spanish mackerel and bluefish by trolling or casting to breaking fish. Patrick Marcinkos caught this nice Spanish mackerel while fishing with his dad near Cedar Point. Patrick and his dad caught a mix of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and striped bass while jigging under breaking fish.

Fishing for a mix of croakers, spot and flounder in the lower bay/Tangier Sound regions continues to be very good this week. Flounder are spread out over a wide area and fishermen have been enjoying the abundance.

Freshwater anglers are still catching some of the large rainbow trout that have been stocked in western region waters. The north branch of the Potomac near Robert Blake with chain pickerel, photo by Robert Blake Barnum was the latest area to be stocked and fishermen have been enjoying the bounty. Largemouth bass continue to be the main focus of most summer time freshwater fishermen and cooling temperatures should cause these fish to become more active. There are certainly lots of other freshwater fish out there to entertain fishermen such as this nice chain pickerel caught and released by Robert Blake at Loch Raven Reservoir.

Oceanside anglers are finding good flounder fishing in the Ocean City back bays,  as well as bluefish and striped bass at the inlet. Surf fishermen are catching a summer mix of small species and the boats headed out to the offshore areas are finding white marlin, dolphin and yellowfin tuna.

Quote of the Week:

I never lost a little fish - yes, I am free to say. It was always the biggest fish I caught that got away. 

                              Eugene Field

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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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