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Latest Update: September 23, 2009

Next Update: September 30, 2009 (By 5pm)


The 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge and Search for Diamond Jim came to a climax this past weekend with David Wihelm of Perryville winning the drawing for a new boat, motor and trailer for himself and his two excited children he had in tow at the drawing. The smile on Davidís face at drawing the winning tackle box was complemented with the whoops and shrieks as his children excitingly jumped into the boat to try out their new prize.

Upper Chesapeake Bay region fishermen are finding a mix of small bluefish and small striped bass chasing bait in the upper bay and are finding larger striped bass close to the bottom by jigging or trolling. Cooler water temperatures have caused striped bass to become more active and hold to deep structure. One of the best pieces of structure in the Chesapeake is the Bay Bridge and Shawn Kimbro shows off a nice striped bass that he was able to catch while jigging a soft plastic jig close to the bridge piers.

Middle region fishermen are also finding a mix of bluefish and striped bass chasing bay anchovies throughout the region. Schools of bait are pouring out of the tidal rivers and into the bay and are being swept along by strong currents along the channel edges. Jigging with metal or trolling deep with bucktails and spoons have been productive methods of catching them. Lower bay region fishermen have much the same action and still have a few Spanish mackerel as part of the mix. Rivka Abelow got to go fishing with her dad on a Solomons Island charter boat recently and seems to have really enjoyed herself; as she delights and holding up two of the Spanish mackerel they caught while trolling.

The lower bay region, Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds are offering some of the last chances at croakers and large spot this week as these fish have been steadily moving out of the middle bay and lower bay regions.

Freshwater fishermen are seeing fishing conditions improving as water temperatures cool and fish such as largemouth bass, trout and other species become more active. Largemouth bass fishermen are enjoying good fishing as bass break out of the summer mode of behavior and move freely through the water column. Chase Sisler holds a whopper of a largemouth bass that he caught while fishing with his brother and grandfather at Broadford Lake in Oakland.

Oceanside fishermen are enjoying improved fishing for tautog, bluefish and striped bass at the Ocean City Inlet. Surf fishermen are catching small bluefish and the first of the fall red drum migration and offshore fishermen are finding good sea bass fishing on the wreck sites as well as a mix of yellowfin tuna, white marlin and dolphin out towards the canyons.







Quote of the Week:

A boy has got to grow up to be a man some day. You can delay the process, but you canít protect the boy from manhood forever. The best and easiest way is to expose the boy to people who are already men, good and bad, drunk and sober, lazy and industrious. It is really, after all, up to the boy, when all is said and done and there are a lot of boys who never get to be men and a lot of men who never quit being boys.

Robert Ruark, The Old Man and the Boy

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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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