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Latest Update: June 3, 2009

Next Update: June 10, 2009 (By 5pm)

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2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge Kickoff

Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge began Friday, May 29th and runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes including a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and thousands of dollars in merchandise and fishing trips from Bill's Outdoor Center.

On May 28, 2009, fifty specially tagged striped bass were released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the 50 will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth $10,000 cash if caught by midnight on June 30, 2009. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will be worth $500 each if caught at any time during the contest.

Here is the link to the Fishing Challenge website; a world of information there.


Dodging thunderstorms and rain seems to be what fishermen are doing this week as they try to get in some fishing. There will continue to be some beautiful weather in between and if one has to fish in the rain so be it; we all just make the best of it. Fishermen in the three regions of the Chesapeake are enjoying some great fishing opportunities this week for striped bass and croakers. The striped bass fishing in the middle and lower bay regions has been outstanding at times for fishermen trolling medium sized sassy shads, Storm Shads and bucktails usually behind an umbrella rig. This happy group caught their limits in about an hour while trolling Storm Shads just south of Bloody Point.

The croakers have moved into the lower bay/Tangier Sound region in force this past week and fishermen are enjoying limit catches this week in many areas. The croakers are also moving into the middle bay area but seem reluctant to move into the tidal rivers such as the Choptank; perhaps due to freshwater runoff. The croakers larger cousin the black drum seem to have moved off of Stone Rock this week and catches are a fraction of what they were last week. Spot are moving up the bay with the croakers and fishermen are finding a few for live lining for striped bass. It seems it is harder to catch the spot than it is the striped bass this week; warmer water temperatures will certainly bring more spot into our portions of the bay soon. Flounder and speckled trout are being caught in the lower bay region and quite a few speckled trout are being caught by fishermen croaker fishing. Joe Zolenas holds up a nice speckled trout he caught in Fishing Bay.

Freshwater anglers are enjoying good fishing this week for smallmouth bass, walleye and largemouth bass in Deep Creek Lake. The largemouth bass are holding close to floating docks and the smallmouth bass are holding in slightly deeper water away from the docks. Rainfall runoff has been a problem for fishermen in many trout streams and rivers this week and also the upper Potomac. Fishing for largemouth bass in the states many lakes, reservoirs and tidal rivers has been excellent. Fishermen have been working the thick grass in the tidal Potomac for largemouth bass and sometimes they can get more than they bargain for. Jerry Whipple shows us a big snakehead he caught and dispatched just below the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

The waters near Ocean City are providing fishermen with good flounder fishing in the back bay areas and good fishing for striped bass, small bluefish and tautog in the inlet. Surf fishermen are catching some big striped bass this week along with a variety of sharks and sting rays on large cut baits. Those fishing smaller offerings of bloodworms and finger mullet are catching kingfish and small bluefish. The wreck sites are providing good fishing for sea bass and gaffer dolphin as well as mako and thresher sharks are being caught in the offshore waters.



Quote of the Week:

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. Lord Tennyson Translation: Go fishing despite conditions; rather than stay home and mope.

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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. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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