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Posted on June 22, 2015 | Permalink

Crabbing in OC

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

My wife Krista and myself headed out on Friday to try for flounder on the incoming tide. The water was really dirty so we decided to do some crabbing. We harvested a half bushel using collapsible traps and chicken backs near the Rt 90 bridge. We found if the bait becomes washed out the catch rate really dropped off. So if your chicken becomes white you need to change for best results.

Tags: blue crabs

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Permalink

Crappies on the Spawn

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run lake

Pat the cat Baseler and myself went to Piney Run lake to see if we could take advantage of the crappie spawn and catch some shallow water crappies. We used pink and white tube jigs under bobbers. We also offered mealworms on a small jig under bobbers. Most structure such a beaver dams and lillypads held fish in 2 foot of water.

Tags: crappie

Posted on May 4, 2015 | Permalink

Blues in OC

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Isle of Wight Bay

My brother Dick Carson and myself went to the RT 90 bridge in the bay behind OC to see if we could troll up some stripers or bluefish. We were trolling plugs close to the bridge pilings when we hit a school of nice sized blue fish. They really put up a fight on light tackle.

Tags: bluefish

Posted on December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Not Time to Retire the Tackle Yet

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Lower Potomac

Myself, Craig Harlow, and Steve Polock fished the lower Potomac on a flood tide with fresh cut bait. Caught about 300 lb of invasive Blue Catfish in 2 hours of fishing. Two fish were pushing 50 lbs. As long as you can find fresh bait, I would think that the cats will be biting. Find a flat on the lower Potomac around 10 to 20 feet deep and help remove these delicious fish from the river. We like to cut into fingers and deep fry.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Posted on November 21, 2014 | Permalink

November is the Time for Big Blue Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Lower Potomac

Pat the Cat Baseler, Craig Harlow, and myself fished for the big blue cats on Sunday morning. We anchored up at just the start of the flood tide. It was a little slow at first, but once the tide got going it was non stop action. We had to quit after 2 hours as we filled 2 120 qt coolers with cats ranging from 5 to 40 lbs. Pat made the comment that it was his best fishing trip ever. Make sure you use fresh cut bait as is necessary for the blues.

Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Fall Action

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Lake Linganore

Myself and Pat the Cat Baseler had some fine action on Lake Linganore in the evening hours. We caught numerous crappie and bluegills along with some nice size channel cats. The weather was great and the scenery beautiful. The panfish were caught with small tube jigs suspended under a bobber. The cats were caught with fresh cut bluegill on circle hooks. The bite is really good in the fall. There are many choices for the outdoors person, with fish biting and bucks moving around the woods.

Tags: crappie, bulegill, channel catfish

Posted on July 7, 2014 | Permalink

Sweetwater White Perch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Many of us in Maryland know the cousin of the Striped Bass from fishing in the salty waters of the bay and its tributaries. However, this delicious little fish also does very well in freshwater lakes. Pat the Cat Baseler and myself had a great time catching them in Liberty Reservoir. Please note that the Baltimore reservoirs are specially regulated, so you may have to find a friend with a permit to enjoy this type of fishing. During the warm months the perch form large schools 15 to 20 feet down in various and sometimes not evident parts of the lake. We find and catch them by trolling self-made inline spinners with a #4 baitholder hook tipped with a piece of night crawler. When trolling any type of spinning bait, one should use high quality ball bearing swivels or you will end up with a tangled mess. The perch seem to be more numerous in Prettyboy Reservoir, however the average size is larger in Liberty with many 12 inch class available.

Tags: White Perch

Posted on April 17, 2014 | Permalink

Delicious Orange Fillets

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Woodsboro Pond

It is the time of year that many tables in Maryland are graced with fresh trout. I caught several limits last week at Woodsboro pond using light line and power bait. We like the fillets simply broiled with season all. Two of the stocked trout were packed full of row. DNR, could you please comment on the edibility and viability of the trout caviar?

DNR Response by Biologist Susan Rivers: I had a friend who tried to eat trout roe or “caviar” in the past by preserving it first and then tried to eat it. Unfortunately, she used commercially purchased eggs that had been fertilized. At a certain point the eggs are impermeable and the preserving process didn’t work for her eggs, so they had become mushy and poorly flavored. The fresh eggs are a different matter. I looked this up online and there are several good sites that contain information. The key is to remove the ovary containing the eggs and to separate the membrane that surrounds the eggs. The membrane is clear, but full of veins. Tease this away from the eggs and rinse them well. After rinsing, the link below says to add 10 percent by weight of salt to the eggs and let them sit for a few hours. They are best consumed shortly after salting, but they can last 4-5 days according to the article. Based on what I’ve heard, eat them within the next 24 hours.

Be sure to preserve and eat eggs that are bright yellow. Those that have turned white have been attacked by fungus and should not be eaten.

Tags: Trout, Rainbow Trout

Posted on January 16, 2014 | Permalink

Cold Water Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Lower Potomac

Since hunting season is over for me, I decided to try the Blue Catfish fishery in the lower Potomac on a warm day in mid January. I am glad I did. The big boys were still on the bite in the cold water. I fished with my buddies Pat the Cat Baseler and Mark Smith. Mark caught the pool winner which was over 40 lbs. We caught 17 more between 5 and 30 lbs. The Blue Catfish really prefer fresh cut bait, which is pretty hard to come by this time of the year. Back in November I vacuum packed some bait and it worked well. We are looking forward to some more warm days this winter to try for a bigger one.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

Posted on December 2, 2013 | Permalink

November Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Outdoor enthusiasts should take a bit of time in November before Goose and Deer season to try the phenomenal blue cat fishery on the tidal Potomac. We have fished for the big cats twice in November. The first week we fished an ebbing tide and filled two 100 quart coolers with 44 fish. Last Friday on a flood tide, it only took 30 fish to fill the coolers with 5 over 30 lbs. We use 7/0 circle hooks on 60 lb flouro shock leaders tied to 30 lb braid on baitrunner reels. It sure is fun to hear the line peal out before setting the break on them. It is important to fish a moving tide and use fresh cut bait. We used Bluegills but other fresh cut fish will work such as alewives, White Perch and shad.

A question for DNR: We catch an occasional Channel or White Catfish while pursuing the invasive blues. The channels are much thinner than the channel cats I catch on the upper Potomac. Do you think it is the environment differences they live in or are they being out competed by the invasive specie.

DNR Response: Channel Catfish in tidal waters often do face harsher conditions than those that are found in nontidal waters. The constant current, change in tide and competition with other predators makes for a harsh environment. I have had more than one catfish angler say that they do find Blue Catfish in areas where they used to find Channel Catfish but the effects of Blue Catfish on resident species is not fully understood at this time.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, White Catfish, Invasive

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