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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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Wayne Young
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Annadale, VA
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Sent in on: December 18, 2014 Permalink

Calvert Cliff Speckled Trout

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid-Bay
Location: Breezy Pt south to Calvert Cliffs
Tags: spotted seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass

Monday, 12-15-14

20' Walkaround

Nature blessed the last day of striper season with a flat calm, making a nice day for me and my two guests. I planned to try deep trolling in 50-65 feet of water through some holes on the west side of the channel. We marked a few fish at 55-60 foot depths, but were unable to work the deep holes because several watermen were set up there. It appeared that they had crab pots set deep right in the holes and were standing by to retrieve them. Trolling east of the pots in 70 feet, we marked a few more fish deep, but no takers.

There was a fleet over behind Summer Gooses, but after moving over that way for a look see we found they were watermen, maybe mechanical oyster dredge rigs. I picked up gear in time to try the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm water discharge an hour before the predicted ebb. We marked many baitfish and eventually my Dragonfly downvision marked a school of fish on the bottom to no more than 3' off the bottom about 600-700 yards east of the discharge in about 20-25' of water. By this time, we had an 18" speckled trout on a 7" yellow hot-rodded Hogy bait, and a 15" speckled trout and a 17-1/2" striper (released) on a purple 6" BKD (blue and sliver BKD covered in red garlic dye) with a hot-rodded 1-1/2 oz jig head. A light southerly breeze had picked up creating a rip on the south side of the stream, and the fish we caught were generally over on that side of the stream. The school we marked was probably specs given fishing results. Several other boats were fishing the discharge stream with no luck.

Thanks again to Shawn Kembro's light tackle fishing tips (new book is great!) and also Walleye Pete Dahlberg for teaching me how to fish the discharge stream. Shawn's and Pete's tips made the difference today. I was using my left-handed baitcaster with braid and a short shock leader, thinking down the line technique wise. The left-handed baitcaster feels natural to this righthander after years of using spinning reels.

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Caz Kenny
Recreational Angler
NA
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: December 18, 2014 Permalink

Bite Out of Control on the Gunpowder

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder
Tags: largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill

So the bite is incredibly out of control on the Gunpowder...I took two friends out today and we absolutely hammered the fish...we caught easily over 300 fish between us...bass...crappie...yellow perch...bluegill...the fish are smoking our baits...small jigs under a float are the ticket...every single place we fished held fish...the fish are healthy and fat...the water temp is a measly 38 degrees...and they are biting like piranhas...this has been an exceptional year for all places I've had the opportunity to fish...I love fishing in Maryland!

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David Carrodine
Recreational Angler
Annapolis, MD
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: December 18, 2014 Permalink

My Big Catch

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Gum Thicket
Tags: striped bass

42" rockfish caught on 4 arm umbrella rig, trolling east side of the shipping channel - Gum Thickets- in 80 feet of water. Rainy days are better! Caught around 1:30 pm on Sat Dec 6.

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