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Latest Update: July 1, 2009

Next Update: July 8, 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.


Summer fun that is usually what the 4th of July weekend is all about; a time for families to get together and enjoy everything that Maryland has to offer. For some it will be a trek to the beaches of Ocean City; others will be heading out towards Deep Creek Lake and still others will stay local and enjoy what they love most about their community. There will be fishing involved with kids being out of school and parents off from work; some optimistic souls will be promising a bushel of Maryland steamed crabs and will be out at pre-dawn hours tending trot lines and collapsible traps. I sincerely hope you can fulfill your crustacean promises and get to relax with family and friends this weekend.

There is plenty of good striped bass fishing in all three regions of the bay; chumming at Love Point in the upper bay region as well as the Middle Grounds and mouth of the Potomac in the southern region has been good this week. The western shipping channel edge from Chesapeake Beach to Cove Point has been the place to live line spot or troll for striped bass. Croaker fishing in the lower bay/ Tangier Sound areas has been hot and the larger croakers can be found all the way up to the Bay Bridge in the evenings. Rich Watts holds up a pair of whopper sized croakers for us that he caught in the mouth of Eastern Bay.

A summer mix of species consisting of flounder, spot, bluefish, speckled trout, white perch and even some large red drum finishes the summer palate of fishing. Recreational crabbers are will be working hard this week to catch up those 4th of July crab feasts; but if they stick with it and are flexible most should do fine.

Freshwater fishermen have some wonderful trout fishing opportunities is the western regions streams and rivers. Water levels are back to normal after the heavy rains of two weeks ago and the fish are biting. Luke Keener holds up a nice Potomac River smallmouth for the camera that he caught near Williamsport.

Largemouth bass will be a popular target for freshwater fishermen this week and there should be plenty of action out there. Those who get out on the water early in the morning or wait till the evening to fish will find the bass active in some of the shallower areas. During the brighter periods of the day largemouth bass can be found lounging in the cool shade of docks, thick grass and deep sunken wood. A.J. Dipetro of Ellicott City holds up a relay nice one for the camera before slipping it back into a local farm pond.

Ocean City fishermen are finding good flounder fishing in the back bay areas and a mix of sharks, sting rays, small bluefish and flounder in the surf. Wreck fishing is focused around sea bass and flounder this week and the offshore boats are bringing a mix of yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, dolphin and sharks back to the docks.




Quote of the Week:

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. - Erma Bombeck

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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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