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Latest Update: September 9, 2009

Next Update: September 16, 2009 (By 5pm)

2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge

The 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge will occur on Saturday, September 19 at Sandy Point State Park. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:45 a.m. No late registrations will be allowed. Please be early. The event starts 10:00 a.m. Letters will go out at least ten days prior, reminding those lucky people about the event. The event will be held rain or shine. If there is a storm preventing the event, there is no rain date. The actual drawing will be recorded and posted online the following week.

A specially tagged striped bass was caught Sept 3 and may be worth up to $25,000, come to the event on Sept 19 to find out if Mike Lyons of Denton, MD caught the actual Diamond Jim or an imposter worth $500.

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


Although they can be rather subtle at times there are changes occurring and autumn can be seen and smelled in the air by those who pay attention. Water temperatures have dropped considerably in the last week and many species of freshwater and saltwater fish are becoming more active.

Mike Lyons of Denton was trolling last Thursday near the mouth of the Tred Avon River when he caught a striped bass wearing a Diamond Jim tag that may be worth $25,000. We will have to wait till the September 19th opening of the envelope at the Fishing Challenge, Diamond Jim festivities to find out; the best of luck to Mike.

A drop of almost 10-degrees in water temperatures in the bay in the last week is causing striped bass to become more active and larger fish are being caught by trolling and jigging this week. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are chasing bait throughout the middle and lower bay regions and striped bass are also part of that action.

Fishing for croakers and large spot continues to be very good this week in most areas of the bay. Fishing for spot has been particularly good in many of the tidal rivers. Flounder fishing seems to have reached its zenith with fishermen reporting double digit catch and release trips. The flounder season will unfortunately end this Sunday September 13th so all flounder fishing will be catch and release after that date. Recreational crabbers are reporting fair to poor catches in the upper bay and good crabbing in the middle and lower bay regions. Angelina Watts gets some fatherly advice on dipping crabs from her dad; according to dad she didnít miss a one.

Cooler water temperatures are causing many freshwater fish species to begin to pull away from a summer pattern of behavior and become more active during day light hours; especially largemouth bass. Fishing for cold water loving fish such as trout, smallmouth bass and walleye will see a noticeable upswing in the upcoming weeks.

Oceanside fishermen are focusing on the last few days of what has been a very good flounder season in the Ocean City area. There are still plenty of croakers, bluefish and a mix of summer species to take up the slack once flounder season is closed. Offshore anglers are catching a mix of white marlin, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and the seasonís first wahoo in good numbers.

Quote of the Week:

As I remember the Old Man, he never said anything at all that you couldnít walk away from three ways and still find a fresh idea in it. I got to where I could listen to him with only one ear, separating the meat from philosophy and it wasnít until a lot of years later when I grew up to be a man that I found I remembered more philosophy than meat.

The Old Man And The Boy  Robert Ruark

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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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