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Latest Update: November 10, 2009

Next Update: November 18, 2009 (By 5pm)

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“They’re baaack”; perhaps some of you remember that famous line from the little girl Carol Anne in the movie Poltergeist II. Well sweeter words could not be heard up and down the Chesapeake Bay this past Sunday. Fishermen were out in droves due to the beautiful weather and the promise of catching striped bass. Most fishermen were jigging and some got quite a surprise when they found a 34” plus striped bass on the other end of their line. Others were locked and loaded with a spread of large parachutes and bucktails trailing behind their boats as they trolled the depths along the edges of the shipping channel. It was a marvelous day for family and friends and the action is expected to last into December so don’t miss out. Chris Keagy and Cody Crawford both got to go out fishing with their dads this past Sunday and proudly hold up two beautiful large striped bass.

All it took was some nice weather to break and fishermen were out in droves this past Sunday jigging and trolling for striped bass in the lower sections of the bays tidal rivers and out in the bay. Cooler water temperatures are causing the school sized striped bass to be a little fickle and it is not uncommon for fishermen to be able to read striped bass holding close to the bottom and not be able to get them to bite. Often all it takes is a change of tide to turn things around. White perch are beginning to school up in deeper regions of the lower sections of the tidal rivers and out in the bay. Fishermen are enjoying catching large white perch by jigging or by using bottom rigs baited with grass shrimp or bloodworms. Rich Watts holds a real beauty that he caught while jigging at the rock piles at the Bay Bridge.

Freshwater fishermen continue to enjoy the rewards of a generous fall trout stocking program in the many trout waters throughout the state. Largemouth bass are beginning to move to deeper waters as water temperatures cool. Fishermen are finding largemouth bass holding along channel edges in the tidal rivers and similar type drop-off edges in the many lakes, reservoirs and small ponds that dot the landscape of Maryland. Fishing for walleyes and smallmouth bass in the upper Potomac continues to be good as well as in Deep Creek Lake. The lower Susquehanna River has become a real hot spot for fishermen looking to catch large walleye and smallmouth bass lately. The fish are eagerly striking a variety of jigs and crankbaits. Paul Martin braved some chilly weather early Saturday morning to go fishing with his brother on the lower Susquehanna and holds up one of the many smallmouth bass they caught and released that morning.

Fishermen are catching limits of tautog at the Ocean City Inlet and those fishing for striped bass are catching increasing numbers of nice fish during the day and evenings. Large striped bass and bluefish are being caught in the surf as well as the shoal areas within several miles offshore of the beaches. Tautog continue to entertain fishermen out at the wreck and reef sites and limits are common.

A special thank you from all of us to our veterans on your day of remembrance for serving our country and protecting our freedoms; we all owe you a debt of gratitude. Here is hoping that you get to go fishing on your special day and perhaps the fish of your dreams is waiting for you.

Quote of the Week:

Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.

Blake Clark

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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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