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Mar 26 2010

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports and Ocean City Offshore and Inshore Fishing Reports Updated March 26, 2010

Maryland Light Tackle Fishing Report Chespaeake Bay in Fishing  Clothing Outdoor Clothing Flyfishing Clothing Shirt company Lateral Line  Saltwater Fishing Blog Fishing ReportsFinally, welcome to the 2010 weekly Maryland fishing reports. Spring is here in Maryland, well almost other then this little cold snap we are having. Anglers are out and about catching perch in the upper tributaries, to striped bass catch and release fishing in the main stem of the Chesapeake. If you are a white perch angler this is probably going to be the height of the run, so get your rods and get out and do some fishing. Hot areas have been the Choptank around Red Bridges working south to Greensboro, the Upper Chester River up in and around Millington and on the western shore in the upper Patuxent River. (pictured is Mark light tackle fishing with some of his custom Shore Tackle light tackle rods in the middle Chesapeake Bay this past week)

Striped bass are making their way up the Chesapeake. I was in the Virginia Beach area last week and saw diving birds and stripers breaking at the mouth. Reports from friends said the stripers have been coming in waves and reports from the commercial anglers further up the Virginia portion of the bay are reporting good catches of striped bass. Some have already arrived and you can expect more as we move into April. Maryland’s catch and keep season is closed until April, catch and release is open, please use catch and release best practices when handling and releasing striped bass.

Upcoming Fishing Events, Fishing Tournaments and Other Fishing Related Happenings

Solomons Fishing Fair
March 27 & 28, 2010
Solomons Firehouse
8 am to 3 pm
Admission $2.00
More info here: www.mssasmc.com

Striper Fishing Workshop
March 27, 2010
9am-2pm Dundalk Moose Lodge
Registration Fee: $75/person
Call 410-285-7029 for info.

Ninth annual Opening Day Rockfish Catch & Release Tournament; sponsored by Boatyard Bar & Grill
April 17,2010
Online registration recommended. Visit www.boatyardbarandgrill.com and click on “fishing.” Or stop by Angler’s or The Boatyard.

Rod ‘n’ Reel’s 29th Annual Pro-AM
April 30-May 2
More than $6,000 in door prizes.
To register call 800-233-2080

MSSA’s “Championship on the Chesapeake
April 30-May 2
” Winning rockfish could be worth $100,000.
To register, click www.mssa.net or call 410-255-5535
Want your event added to this listing in the fishing reports, enter it into the Tidal Fish Calendar of Events and shoot me an email at Brandon @ Tidal Fish .com with the event information once it is entered.

Maryland Fishing Reports

Upper Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
The Susquehanna Flats catch and release striped bass season is open. Reports from that area have been spotty, with the best success coming from anglers using bait (cut herring). Please remember if you use bait you are required to use circle hooks. A few big stripers were caught yesterday (Thursday) while those doing light tackle and fly fishing said the action was generally slow. In my experience fishing the flats, where I used to spend as many as twenty five plus days a year fishing, the fishing really does not get decent until the second week in April with the last two weeks in April always being some of the best fishing I have had, at least for light tackle and fly fishing.

Good reports of white perch are coming from the upper stretches of the Chester River in the Millington area. Blood worms along with small jigs are the ticket. From what I been hearing the next seven to ten days is going to be the peak run.

There were a few reports from anglers fishing the warm water discharges in the Baltimore Harbor over the last week with anglers having decent success on lures (soft plastics and sub surface swim plugs.)

Middle Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
There are stripers in the middle bay area from the Bay Bridge down to the Gas Docks. Trolling anglers have done OK when they have been able to get out. Anglers have been trolling from Bloody Point on the western channel on the west side of Stone Rock down the western edge towards the Gas Docks. Please remember that if you are trolling you must have barbs smashed down.

A few light tackle anglers have reported they have seen gannets and breaking fish that have produced some nice fish jigging and casting. None of the fish have been bruisers, but the action has been good enough to keep light tackle anglers returning on nice days.

Capt. Pete from Four Seasons Guide Service has been fishing the Calvert Cliffs warm water discharge with great numbers of stripers, but the size has not been huge. Pete said he has never seen so many small fish in the rips then what he is seeing this year. His clients have occasionally been able hook a trophy fish, but it has not been anything you can count on.

In and around the Potomac River around DC above the Woodrow Wilson Bridge bass that had backed off their traditional spawning areas, should be moving back up and preparing for the spawn. Lots of fish are being caught, and the action should only get better. Better baits include red or chartreuse rattling crankbaits, Silver Buddies, jig ‘n pig or plastic grubs. At Fletcher’s
Boathouse, white perch are showing good, along with some herring and shad. Channel catfish will be available to bottom fishermen, as will striped bass. Stripers and shad must be returned to the water, as the season is closed. As the temperature warms and more herring show in the river, the larger catfish will turn on. Smallmouth bass are being caught on deep-diving crankbaits along
the Virginia Shoreline from Key to Chain Bridge. Some large crappie are being caught in Fletcher’s Cove by anglers fishing smelt in the brushpiles.

In and around the Potomac River below the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Largemouth bass are taking
plastic grubs and worms, live bait, and Silver Buddies during the early and middle part of the day. As the sun warms the water, crankbaits come into their own, with small shallow running baits taking the preponderance of the fish. The better areas are shallow flats adjacent to dropoffs. Most of the active fish are in the shallows, returning to the deeper water when through feeding. Main river vegetation is also holding lots of bass. The mouth of Aquia Creek is loaded with fish seeking bedding areas, while Potomac Creek is also showing a few roaming bass. Plastic grubs, tube lures and Zoom lizards are a good choice for lures. Where the grass is found in deeper water, try a slow-rolled, willow leaf spinnerbait for larger fish. Most of the bass are averaging 2-5 pounds in the grass. Lower creeks are full of perch. Small twister tail grubs and spinners are taking large numbers of these tasty fish. A few pickerel are reported in Nanjemoy Creek. Catfish are active in the creek channels, feeding on white perch and herring. Remember that a 15 inch minimum size limit is in effect for largemouth bass in the river and all tributaries until June 15.

Lower Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
Reports from the area have been slim other then a few anglers emailing me saying they have been doing the pre season catch and release trolling thing and had great success on some larger fish some days and no success others. This is probably a result of the stripers coming in waves and moving through the area quickly to make a run to the rivers to spawn. As more of the waves of fish make it up, spawn and return back south this area should get better.

I also got a report that croaker were in the Deale Island area, but that came from a second hand report, it is about that time of year so it should be any day.

Maryland Atlantic Inshore and Offshore Fishing Reports
Sue Foster from Oyster Bay Tackle and Fenwick Tackle reports: Spring is here and we took our first fish picture this week, a nice striper! Some tautog were caught from the bulkhead and inlet this weekend. A couple stripers were caught from the surf in DE. First flounder and tautog were caught from the Indian River area. Inshore anglers are catching fresh and brackish water fish.

Clark from Old Inlet has great news: “First tautog of the season caught in the Inlet on Saturday, March 20. News Flash!! First flounder of the season reported in the Indian River Inlet. Caught on Thursday 3/18 by Rich Butewicz of Ocean View. First tautog reported from Ocean City Inlet!! Lets get this season started. Flounder caught in Quinby, Virginia on Monday this week as well.”

Bill Sports Center reports Boats targeting striped bass along the coast are finding hit and miss action right now. The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reports boats are still catching a few fish averaging to around 25-pounds. But remember you only have until the end of the month to catch ocean stripers. These fish continue to move into the Bay and towards the Rivers to spawn. ”

That’s it for this week. Hope you get out and do some fishing, if you do be sure to post a report on the Tidal Fish Maryland message board here.

Brandon

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  1. […] March 26, 2010 · Leave a Comment Finally, welcome to the 2010 weekly Maryland fishing reports. Spring is here in Maryland, well almost other then this little cold snap we are having. Anglers are out and about catching perch in the upper tributaries, to striped bass catch and release fishing in the main stem of the Chesapeake. If you are a white perch angler this is probably going to be the height of the run, so get your rods and get out and do some fishing. Hot areas have been the Choptank around Red Bridges working south to Greensboro, the Upper Chester River up in and around Millington and on the western shore in the upper Patuxent River. (pictured is Mark light tackle fishing with some of his custom Shore Tackle light tackle rods in the middle Chesapeake Bay this past week) Striped bass are making their way up the Chesapeake. I was in the Virginia Beach area last week and saw diving birds and stripers breaking at the mouth. Reports from friends said the stripers have been coming in waves and reports from the commercial anglers further up the Virginia portion of the bay are reporting good catches of striped bass. Some have already full report here […]

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