Maryland Fisheries Overview - 2008 Year In Review
As January progresses along most fishermen are limiting themselves to indoor activities such as attending fishing shows or watching the Ravens play football. Even though the icy grip of artic cold has descended upon the landscape of Maryland there is a dedicated group of fishermen out on select days fishing for walleyes and muskies in the upper Potomac, trout fishing or fishing for chain pickerel in small lakes and ponds. The recent cold weather should be all that is needed to add a few more inches of ice to Deep Creek Lake so ice fishermen will be able to safely get out on the ice and enjoy the sport they love so much. John Roberts Jr. and Josh Smith hold up a few trout the caught at Deep Creek to start off the New Year.
Thomas Starrs decided to celebrate the New Year by going trout fishing with his friends and sent this little story and beautiful picture. I went fishing New Years Day 01-01-09; it was breezy and cold the whole day; ice in the guides the whole time. I was fishing with a few fellow MD Trout Unlimited folks in northern Baltimore County. Fished the Gunpowder in the morning and then hit Little Falls around 2:00pm (the warmest part of the day - 30 degrees). I was fishing a black wooly bugger deep and slow in the big pool below the mill dam in Whitehall I hooked this guy - a wild brown 17 to 18 inches. I thought it was a cool fish to start the year with.
Thomas and his friends were not the only dedicated fishermen celebrating the New Year by fishing. Some fishermen jigged slow and deep for largemouth bass in the tidal Potomac or favorite lakes. Fishermen in the Ocean City area have been finding good to excellent striped bass fishing within 3-miles of the beaches. Trolling Stretch 25ís and similar plugs and umbrella rigs with parachutes or large bucktails has been the way to go for most fishermen. At times fishermen are also spotting diving birds on bait and jigging with heavy bucktails or soft plastics and catching the big striped bass that are holding underneath. Surf fishermen have also been getting in on the action catching enough striped bass to keep them coming back for more.
The 2008 Maryland fishing season was a very good one for most fishermen whether one was fishing in our freshwater areas, the Chesapeake Bay or Ocean waters. Fishermen particularly in the Chesapeake had an incredible spring season for large striped bass and topped it off with an outstanding fall season. Three state record fish were caught last year; Justin Riley started the year off with a new tidal largemouth bass state record of 11-pounds, 2.88-ounces caught while jigging in deep water in the tidal Potomac on January 26th, a picture is unavailable due to copyright restrictions. John Williams caught a new freshwater white perch state record on April 5th at Loch Raven Reservoir; Johnís perch weighed in at 1.62-pounds. Ron Lewis caught an impressive 67.10-pound blue catfish in the tidal Potomac to set a new state record on March 23rd.
The Maryland Fishing Challenge and Diamond Jim Tournament was a big hit with fishermen this year and although no one caught Diamond Jim; Fred Menage of Edgewater walked off with a brand new Toyota Tundra 4x4 pickup truck. Edir Sauerbronn De Santos of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil won himself a new boat, motor and trailer combo. A number of other fishermen won cash gift certificates, guided fishing trips and fishing tackle.
You will see various program reports for the year 2008 under the usual heading of Chesapeake Bay Reports, Freshwater Reports and Ocean Reports. These annual summaries were written by the biologists who do this valuable work and they have taken the time to share their work with you in these reports. Enjoy them at your leisure and read about the exciting work being down within the Fisheries Service.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be
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