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Maryland Weekly Fishing Report Overview | December 01, 2010

Chesapeake Bay

Fishermen have been out in force when wind conditions have been favorable and most are catching striped bass to some degree. Many have been focusing on trolling for the large fall migrant striped bass that are cruising up and down the shipping channel edges. Large parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads have been the most popular choice for lures often rigged in tandem. Fishermen are using planner boards and trying to cover all depths. Umbrella rigs are being used as are spoons and most everyone is running medium sized lures within their spread looking for striped bass under 28". The shipping channel edges from the Bay Bridge south to Thomas Point and Buoy 83 and the edge in front of Buoy 86 have been producing some nice fish this week. Farther down the bay the western edge from Breezy Point to Cove Point has been good as is out in front of the HS Buoy.

School sized striped bass are still very much in play this week even though water temperatures are beginning to dip below the 50-degree mark. Fishermen are picking up fish by trolling and light tackle jigging. Striped bass can be found from the upper bay south to the Virginia line. At times diving birds will mark the way and other times a keen eye on a depth finder holds the key to finding fish. Deep channel edges are a good place to look for fish holding now out in the bay and in the tidal rivers. Fishermen are reporting finding good jigging opportunities in the lower Choptank, Patuxent and Potomac Rivers this week.

White perch can still be found responding to jigs with dropper flies where they are holding deep. Fishermen are now starting to see yellow perch in the upper bay moving towards the lower Susquehanna/Northeast River area. Fishermen have been picking away at them along the shallower areas with 2" grub jigs with somewhere around a 1/8-ounce jig head.

Freshwater

Walleye and yellow perch are beginning to school up at Deep Creek Lake and the crappie are already schooled up and holding deep under the Route 219 and Glendale Bridge piers. Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good on the upper Potomac and the Baltimore County Reservoirs continue to offer good fishing. Some are closed to boating now and others will be closed to boating by the end of the month so be sure to check local regulations. Rocky Gorge and Triadelphia are open to boating till the 15th of this month; Prettyboy and Liberty till the 31st. Largemouth bass can be found holding along drop-offs and near deep sunken wood or structure. Grubs, small crankbaits, jigs and slow rolled spinnerbaits would be good choices to use for lures.

Crappie are reported to be schooled up in 6' to 12' of water in the tidal Potomac and the marinas near the Fort Washington area are usually a good bet when looking for them. Fishermen have also been catching blue catfish in that area and largemouth bass fishermen report the bass are holding deep along channel edges, rocks and bridge piers.

Oceanside

Perhaps the brightest note in the Ocean City fishing scene is the wonderful fishing for large striped bass and bluefish off the beaches. Small boat owners have been trolling large parachutes, bucktails and Stretch 25's or jigging when a mass of fish can be found under diving birds and bait. The Isle of Wight, Fenwick and Little Gull Bank have been three of the hot spots for finding fish.

Some notable sized striped bass are being caught in the surf by fishermen using bottom rigs baited with fresh menhaden along the Assateague and Ocean City beaches. A few striped bass are also being caught at the inlet by fishermen casting bucktails and swim shads. Tautog season is unfortunately closed now so the only bottom fishing game in town right now is black sea bass until the end of the month. Catches have been good on many of the wreck sites.

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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Thank You MD Youth Fishing Club

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek
Tags: Brown Trout

My son Ryley and I stopped off at Owens Creek after baseball practice. After a few casts he managed to hook a small brown trout. The fish seemed stressed and as it’s catch and release on Owens Creek right now we opted to place him back in the water as quickly as possible, without a photo.

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Up until two years ago it was quite difficult to get my youngest son Ryley, to go fishing. Then one day I saw that the Department of Natural Resources had just created a Youth Fishing Club. Being a Cub Scout Ryley was keen on earning the patch. But still it was a tough sell. There just wasn't enough action in our local ponds and streams to hook him on fishing. But then one day we received a letter from Letha explaining how we could have an opportunity to go out on a charter boat with a fisheries biologist to help catch and tag striped bass. So as luck would have it we were picked to go out on a boat at the end of July 2013. The seas were very rough that day and nearly everyone vomited; everyone except Ryley and I. Unfortunately the boat had to turn back for shore without tagging or even catching a fish. Despite everything that day just the experience had him start asking for more. The following summer I reached out to Letha and explained our circumstance from the previous year’s attempt and she was instrumental in getting us back out and he caught numerous stripers and bluefish. He loves fishing so much he had us charter boats while on vacation in the OBX to go fishing. He convinced us to charter another boat on the bay to go out fishing for striped bass last year and again this year. And ultimately all those pictures from the trips Letha helped inspire lead Ryley to a most awesome day this past March. Out of over 1000 kids he was selected to be the "Angler" for an article in Field and Stream magazine’s June edition, titled “How to Raise a Wild Child”. I just wanted share how much of an impact the Youth Fishing Club and Letha Grimes has had on my son. Thank you for everything!

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