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Latest Update: November 18, 2009

Next Update: November 24, 2009 (By 5pm)

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Somehow we made it through another northeaster that deposited a lot of rain and caused a lot of flooding and wave damage in the Coastal and Chesapeake Bay waters. The winds dropped off on Saturday and a few fishermen donned their rain gear and gave fishing a try and most caught some fish. Sunday was so beautiful it had many fishermen dazzled and almost spellbound after four days of rain. Many complained that they were about sprout gills if it rained anymore. Well, fishermen were out in force on Sunday and oh boy did they catch fish! Freshwater fishermen enjoyed good trout fishing and fishing for largemouth bass. Striped bass and bluefish were along the Ocean City beaches as well as tautog. Chesapeake Bay fishermen found some of the best fishing for large striped bass many have ever experienced. More than a few found themselves in the same predicament as Bud Riley in this picture he sent in; “we’re going to need a bigger cooler”.

Fishermen are finding breaking striped bass throughout all three regions of the Chesapeake Bay and often the large fall migrant striped bass are mixing it up with the school sized striped bass. This tends to offer a new dimension to light tackle fishing when all of a sudden the 26” striped bass you expected on the end of your fishing line turns out to be over 50” long. Most fishermen looking for the fall migrant striped bass are trolling a mix of large parachutes, bucktails and spoons along the shipping channel edges down deep around 25’ or so. Many of the traditional steep edges that fish so well during the spring season are doing just as well in the fall. Peggy McQuitty gets some help from Don Tadaro to hold up her 44-pound striped bass she caught while trolling a tandem parachute off of Hooper’s Island Light with her husband and friends.

Freshwater fishermen are enjoying good trout fishing and youngsters have some additional chances to catch stocked trout at several of the youth fishing areas this week. Be sure to check to see where the rainbow trout were stocked.

Largemouth bass fishermen are finding fish holding deeper this week in a typical fall pattern of behavior. Fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye has been very good in the upper Potomac and lower Susquehanna this week as water temperatures cool to more comfortable levels for these fish.

Ocean City fishermen continue to enjoy good fishing for tautog and striped bass in the inlet area and surf fishermen are catching large striped bass and bluefish off the beaches. Several miles off the beaches fishermen are finding large schools of big bluefish on the surface; most fishermen are casting to the breaking fish or jigging. Fishing on the wreck sites continues to be good for tautog.

Quote of the Week:

November is a man past fifty who reckons he’ll live to be seventy or so, which is old enough for anybody- which means he’ll make it through November and December, with a better than average chance of seeing New Year’s.

Robert Raurk, The Old Man and The Boy

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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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