Tim Groves, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on September 27, 2012 | Permalink
2012 Fall Patuxent River Tidal Bass Electrofishing Survey
Location: Patuxent River
Fisheries personnel are in the middle of the 2012 Fall Patuxent River Tidal Bass Electrofishing Survey. It has been an interesting survey to say the least. So far sites have been surveyed from Wayson’s Corner downstream to Western Branch. The bass collected have been looking fat and healthy and have been ranging from 4 inches to 3.5 pounds so far. Many other species of fish were observed during the survey. Several of the normally expected fish species such as channel catfish, white and yellow perch, several sunfish and minnows were collected. Like in many other bay tributaries, a red drum and some spot were also netted and documented. Unfortunately, 3 juvenile northern snakeheads and one blue catfish were electrofished as well.
We stopped and spoke to an angler fishing for carp and had caught 15 as of noon on his home made dough balls. If you are looking for a different species of fish to catch, carp can definitely be a challenge. They are a wary fish that can be quite finicky and at the same time can test your best freshwater tackle with a tremendous fight.
Please, if you catch a northern snakehead in any waters of the state destroy it immediately. Also, keep in mind if you do happen to catch one, that they do make a nice meal. Signs have been posted at many access points along the Patuxent River asking anglers to keep an eye out for snakeheads.