Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | October 27, 2010
Hi everyone. Keith Lockwood is on vacation this week, and I'll be filling in for him. The Autumn weather was ideal this past week, providing multiple opportunities for anglers all across Maryland. I personally had a chance to get out this weekend. I spent Saturday on the bay, fishing out of the Little Choptank River. The plan was to run north into the Choptank but we never got any further than a 5 minute boat ride before we found dense schools of 20-25 inch stripers in 22 to 28 foot depths. We caught stripers live lining spot, jigging sting silvers and casting to breaking fish throughout the day. My partner Mike Mohler and I kept our two fish each for an evening dinner and then proceeded to catch and release numerous fish on barbless jigs. On Sunday, I ventured over to Daniels to try for brown and rainbow trout which have been recently stocked. Had great success using Trout magnets. I hope each and everyone of had at least the opportunity to get out. This is the best time of the year, in my opinion. Now for this week's report below.
Here is this week's recommendations:
- Chesapeake Bay -With surface water temperatures hovering at 60 degrees, conditions are ideal for striper fishing bay wide. The fish are active. If you own a boat, look for the birds. Some of the best fishing is up in the rivers. If you do not see the birds, check your depth finder for marks in the 24-30 foot depths. The fish will slowly but surely moving to deeper water and ultimately into the mainstem waters of the bay as temperatures drop. The forecast for this week is for cooler temperatures, but the fish should hold their pattern.
- Western Maryland trout streams -Even with the passage of the front that went through today, streams are generally running low and clear. Try green weenies, San Juan worms, caddis, tricos and midges.
- Central Maryland -Take the kids trout fishing at any of the locations stocked with trout. Try using a 1/64 ounce trout magnet tipped with a minnow in pools at Daniels, Avalon, Sykesville, Gunpowder Falls, Friends Creek, Owen's Creek and many others. For the full list of stocked areas, please see: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/stocking/index.asp
- Ocean City -Try the south jetty or surf fishing. The southerly migration of larger stripers and bluefish has not quite hit yet, but this coming weekend could be the sweet spot in terms of timing. In the meantime, there are plenty of tautog, medium blues being caught from the jetties and bulkheads and the Oceanic Pier.
In the far west of the state, Garrett & Washington County streams are running low and clear. Midges, inchworms and caddis (#14) are effective in the Yough, Savage, North Branch Cassellman, Town Creek and other areas. Deep Creek Lake is seeing some nice action on walleye in 10 to 25 foot depths off rocky points. Vertical jigging of spoons and jigs has been working well. Some yellow perch are mixed in with the walleyes. Use a smaller jig for the perch. Also out west, don't forget often overlooked Broadford Lake. Here is a report from Western Region Manager Alan Klotz:
"The Western Region Fisheries crew sampled Broadford Lake in Oakland this week, and one thing is for sure: Do not stow away your fishing gear just yet! The lake supports a good population of largemouth bass, with a good portion of the bass were in the 15 to 18 inch size class. We also collected several smallmouth bass in the rocky shoreline areas. Panfish species such as yellow perch, bluegills, and pumpkinseeds are abundant and there are plenty in the harvestable size class. If you want to catch a lot of chain pickerel - Broadford Lake is the place to fish - this species was the most abundant fish in all sample stations, with a lot in the 14 to 17 inch range. My favorite way to prepare chain pickerel is to fillet them, put the fillets in a food processor to chop up the small bones, and make "pickerel patties" following the crab cake recipe on the Old Bay can." (Photos of Marcus Wilson, Fisheries Tech, courtesy of Alan Klotz)
Moving to Central Maryland, again streams are low, but clear with some excellent opportunities. The Potomac is also running low. The following report was submitted by Central Region biologist John Mullican:
"With a backdrop of colorful leaves and beautiful fall weather, now is a great time to get out and fish your favorite water. The trout streams are low, but fishing well. The clear water requires a stealthy approach. Friends Creek, Owens Creek, and the Carroll Creek Youth Trout Fishing Area in Frederick County were recently stocked with a mix of rainbow and brown trout. As an added bonus, many of the brown trout weighed several pounds.
The Potomac River remains very low and crystal clear making fishing tough. Early and late in the day, and cloudy days, will see the best action. Walleye are hitting grubs and crankbaits near rock ledges with current close to deep water. We are in the midst of our fall electro fishing surveys and we too are finding conditions difficult to get around. Although it is too early to quantify the hatch, several young walleyes have been collected documenting natural reproduction. Young Potomac walleyes will range from 10 to 12 inches in length by the end of their first year. "-John Mullican, Central Region Biologist
At the reservoirs, Loch Raven, Prettyboy, Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge, temperatures are ideal for some of the best bass fishing of the year. Try spider jigs and spinner baits in 15-20 foot depths.
On the Chesapeake, temperatures are perfect for shore bound anglers and boaters alike. In the upper bay, the Susquehanna is running low and clear. A few walleyes are being reported on the Harford side of the river below the car toppers ramp. Up at fishermen's park, I got the word that the carp anglers were having great success on jello baits. Stripers are on the move throughout the river and you'll often see birds working where they are feeding. Try crank baits, especially Husky Jerks. There are sporadic reports of top water action on the Susquehanna Flats. The best bite appears to be in low light conditions. Further south, trollers are finding stripers off the Hart Miller Island complex near Sparty's Lump and Belvedere Shoals. Trolling and jigging has been productive at 6 foot knoll, off Baltimore Light, Love Point, and Hodge's Bar. Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell was fishing in the Chester this past week and had spectacular success on stripers to 36 inches. Tom reported the fish taking bucktails tipped with twisters fished on structure in less than 15 feet of water. The pipeline just above the Bay Bridges off Kent Island has also seen a good striper bite.
The mid bay is on fire right now. You can find action in the mainstem, but for now, the very best fishing is up in the tributaries or in the shallows of the mainstem. Eastern Bay is smoking hot right now. See Joey Smith's Anglers Log entry. The Choptank near Cook's Point has been hot, as has the Poplar Island complex. The Patuxent is seeing nice catches off the channel edges as far upriver as Benedict. In the lower Bay, Kedge's Straits, Solomon's Lump, the Puppy Hole, Point No Point Light, and the lumps north of the target ship.
On the Oceanside, the Rt. 50 bridge has been producing some nice stripers to 32 inches on eels or live spot if you can find them. The jetties and bulkheads have seen nice catches of tautog, medium blues and mixed size stripers. The party boats are fishing the reefs offshore and have seen some nice catches of sheepshead, tautog, black sea bass, and triggerfish. Look for the possibility of the surf to turn on at anytime. The major thrust of stripers remains to the north, and with falling water temperatures, they could show up at any time. Big blues are showing up offshore and they could also blitz the beaches of Ocean City and Assateague in the coming week.
That's it for now. I'll be writing the report again next week. I hope to get down to Ocean City and scuba dive on a couple of the artificial reefs. I'll get a little fishing in while I'm there. Until next week. Tight Lines