Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries Fishing Report
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Striped bass are moving into the major tidal spawning rivers and fishermen have be enjoying some catch and release action as they move up the bay. A number of boats have been targeting the warm water outfall of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant for striped bass that have the habit of pausing there in the warm waters. Darren Rickwood reported that he and friends enjoyed some excellent catch and release action there in the middle of February while using butterfly jigs. Darren mentioned that although they cost more, the amount of hookups and lack of real estate hook ups on the rocky bottom more than made up for the extra cost over conventional jigs such as BKD’s and Crippled Herrings. The first obvious difference that fishermen see with butterfly jigs is that the hooks are on short snells and hang from the top of the jig. The butterfly jigs are now starting to become available in smaller sizes; which makes them more suitable for fishing for striped bass. The action on these jigs is legendary for large saltwater species and I have personally witnessed their effectiveness on deep tuna and wahoo; something new to purchase for your tackle box in 08
Striped bass are being encountered in other parts of the bay also and anglers will start to show up at prominent points such as Sandy Point State Park with surf casting gear and baits such as bloodworms or cut herring on circle hooks. Anyone trying this for the first time should remember that they should take for granted that they might catch something and to be prepared. It is very important to use circle hooks and to be prepared to unhook and release the fish in the water. This is not the time to be wearing sneakers, wear knee boats when on a beach so you do not have to drag a fish up on the sand to unhook it. This practice is very damaging to the slim layer on the fish; which is a fish’s first protection against waterborne infections. The Susquehanna Flats Catch and Release Season for striped bass has opened but reports have been very quiet from that region and the fishing success there will most likely be that way for a while longer. The Conowingo Dam has been releasing large amounts of water recently due to heavy rains in Pennsylvania last week and the lower Susquehanna River and flats area is generally at flood stage and water clarity is near zero. When the waters calm down and water temperatures approach the 50-degree mark the catch and release action should pick up. Shawn Kimbro was light tackle jigging around the Bay Bridge rock piles and piers recently when he caught and released this 42” male striped bass on a 4” pink Bass Assassin.
Fishermen have been also targeting the warm water outfalls in the Baltimore Harbor area with some success for striped bass. Most fishermen are finding that jigging right on the bottom as they drift away in the discharge current is the ticket.
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The link below has some very valuable
information for Chesapeake Bay Anglers. DNR's "Eyes on the Bay" website
has data coming in from remote sensing stations in the Chesapeake Bay and
tributaries. It is well worth checking this out. Click on the map below.
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