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Latest Update: March 19, 2008

Next Update: March 26, 2008


As many fishermen have been witnessing lately the March weather is swinging back and forth like a seesaw as cold fronts and warm fronts alternate back and forth. Smallmouth BassUnfortunately this disparity in temperatures means wind and we’ve been getting plenty of it. Fortunately most of the fishing going on at the moment is not on the more open waters of the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic so fishermen can get out of the wind on small bodies of water when freshwater fishing. Water levels have returned to normal in most rivers and streams making for good and safe fishing. Steve Peperak was fishing on the upper Potomac River this weekend in the Orleans area having fun catch and releasing smallmouth bass such as this one with his fishing buddy John Mullican.

Fishermen who look forward to the annual yellow perch spawning runs in March enjoyed good fishing at most traditional locations late last week and saw things start to taper off this past weekend. This weekend many fishermen were catching more white perch than yellows and this trend will continue this week as white perch make their way up the spawning rivers. If you do go yellow perch fishing this week, don’t forget to fill out a survey form from the link below and become eligible for fishing tackle prize from Bass Pro Shops.

Largemouth BassMany of the lakes, ponds and tidal rivers in Maryland are starting to warm up and many fish such as largemouth bass and crappie are becoming active. Fishermen are returning to their favorite fishing holes and enjoying catch and release action with some beautiful largemouth bass such as this 7-1/2lb beauty that Mike Popp holds up for the camera before sliding her back into a St. Mary’s County farm pond.

Fisheries biologists have been busy stocking trout streams throughout Maryland in anticipation of the annual trout season opener. Many areas are already open that have special regulations so check your 2008 Fishing Guide for more information. Many streams and rivers are being float stocked by fisheries personnel and volunteers to spread the trout out over a wider area. Volunteers also show up to lug the pails or nets of trout from the trucks to the water and there is no telling who might step up to the task on any given day. DNR's Assistant Secretary Frank Dawson and his daughter Alli Dawson helped central region fisheries staff stock trout in the Avalon area of the Patapsco River last week by carrying bucket after bucket Trout Stockingof splashing trout down to the river.

Fishermen looking to the Susquehanna Flats area for catch and release fishing for striped bass reported finding some large fish just south of the Lapidum/Port Deposit boundary line and a few smaller ones out in the flats. Fishermen have been venturing out onto the bays water trolling in the shipping channel looking for a little catch and release action and mostly just shaking the bugs out of their gear and boats in anticipation of the April 19th opener.

The mid-shore chapter of CCA will be sponsoring a fishing seminar on March 22 from 8am-12:30pm at Meeba Engineering in Easton, MD. Several captains and fishing guides will be giving seminars on Chesapeake Bay fishing; for more information go to

Oceanside anglers have been catching a few tautog inside the Ocean City Inlet lately and when the weather conditions permit; the boats going out to the wreck sites in search of tautog have been reporting good fishing. Surf fishermen have been limited lately to a mix of spiny dogfish, skates and a few undersized striped bass.

Quote of the Week:

"A carp is the queen of rivers- a stately, a good and a very subtle fish."

Izaak Walton

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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.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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