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Posted on June 27, 2011 | Permalink

Fishing with Friends and An Eastern Shore Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Choptank River

Friday evening I took my friends Ben Wright and Justin Wright and launched the boat out of Matapeake (a great county ramp by the way). We quickly caught some small white perch and a few small spot along the jetty and threw them in the live well. Was a little breezy for my small boat at first, but the wind calmed down after a bit and we began to live line along the channel edge in 20-30 feet of water. Only ended up with 2 keepers, but for 2 guys that primarily fresh water fish, they had a blast.

On Saturday I took my Aunt, Donna Goodman, and my cousin, Whitney Goodman from BelAir out on the Choptank River. The plan was to spend a beautiful day on the water and try a little bit of everything. They both love crabs and have never run a trot line before so we started off doing that. Since my Aunt was coming from BelAir that morning, we got a late start and didn't have the line in the water until 10:30, but this trip was more about the experience then actually catching so we were undeterred. After setting the line, we threw over a couple of crab traps and then took a quick dip in the water to cool off. On our first run, we picked up a couple of really nice crabs which raised the crews moral and started us thinking about crabs for dinner! The action wasn't fast by any means but we picked up crabs on each run and they started adding up! To pass the time between runs we wet the fishing lines on some nearby oyster bars. We picked up catfish, croaker, spot, and white perch. By the end of the day we had enough crabs and fish for a nice Eastern Shore dinner! Picked up some local corn on the way home and had a great evening with friends and family.

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch, Blue Crabs, Catfish

Posted on May 6, 2011 | Permalink

Deer Creek Hickory Shad

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Deer Creek

Jason Haney Jr and his Dad caught plenty of hickory shad on Deer Creek Wednesday afternoon. The run should be slowing down soon so get out there while you can! Hickory shad prefer small shad darts, grubs, or spoons/spinners. They are often called "poor mans tarpon" because of their acrobatic jumps and great fight on light tackle.

Tags: Hickory Shad, Junior Angler

Posted on May 4, 2011 | Permalink

Shore Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Elkton landing

Roger L. Smith Jr. and Lisa Smith report catching white perch and large catfish on night crawlers at the Elkton Landing. They say the best bite has been about midway through an incoming or outgoing tide.

Tags: Catfish

Posted on May 3, 2011 | Permalink

Crisfield fishing report

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Crisfield area

Got back from a trip to Crisfield area. Fished the shallows at high tide with pearl and chartuese bass assassins and storm shads and caught several rock ranging from 15 to 24 inches. The shallows were up in the mid 60s and the water was very clear despite all the wind we've been having. Great times! Photo by Jay Fleming

Tags: Striped Bass

Posted on April 21, 2011 | Permalink

The Shad are here

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Deer Creek

Jason Hanney and his son Jason Jr are catching alot hickory shad near mouth of lower deer creek.

Tags: Deer Creek, Junior Angler, Hickory Shad

Posted on April 07, 2010 | Permalink

Sampling Fish Eggs and Larvae in the Elk and Northeast Rivers

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Northern
Location: Elk and Northeast Rivers

Marek Topolski and I were out yesterday sampling on the Elk and Northeast Rivers for DNR Fisheries. Our study involves pulling a fine-meshed net behind our boat to collect fish eggs and larvae to document the presence or absence of spawning fish in these rivers. We observed adult hickory shad, white perch, and alewife herring. Hickory shad appeared to be especially strong in the Northeast River. In addition to the boat tows, we use a similar net to sample small inland creeks to document how far these fish migrate up river. We also take several water quality measurements including temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity. Sampling will continue through April and into May It will take several weeks before we analyze our sample and compare the results with data from previous years.

Tags: Sampling, Eggs, Larvae, Hickory Shad, Research

Posted on April 2, 2010 | Permalink

White Perch and Herring on the Tuckahoe

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Tuchahoe Creek

Folks are catching white perch and herring from the banks of Tuckahoe Creek at Queen Anne, Maryland. Fish are running in on the incoming tide and being caught using small jigs with grubs and/or grass shrimp.

Pictured is Steward from Baltimore with a small white perch that he released, but big perch are still being caught. What a beautiful day!

Tags: Whte Perch, River Herring, Tuchahoe Creek

Posted on March 25, 2010 | Permalink

Channel Catfish, Chester River

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Chester River

Craig and George from Annapolis with some nice channel catfish caught off the banks of the Chester River on an outgoing tide using night crawler and fresh shrimp.

Video by Jim Thompson

Tags: Channel Catfish, Chester River, Night Crawlers

Posted on March 25, 2010 | Permalink

Lapidum boat ramp on Susquehanna Closed for Repair

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Northern
Location: Susquehana State Park

The Lapidum Boat ramp on the Susquehanna is clsoed for repairs until at least mid April. For more information visit The Susquehanna State Park Webpage

Tags: Susquehanna, Boat Ramp, Closed

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