Maryland Fishing Report for November 28, 2019

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The Maryland Fisheries Report is written and compiled by Keith Lockwood, a fishery biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Click Before You Cast is written by Tidewater's ecosystem evaluation director, Tom Parham.

Although the mornings can be a bit quick, there are good fishing opportunities from the mountains of western Maryland to the Atlantic waters. Chesapeake Bay's striped bass season has a little more than two weeks before it closes, and fishermen are gathering and enjoying the fun.

Forecast summary: from November 27 to December 3:

As the holiday weekend approaches, Bay temperatures continue to drop to the upper 40 degrees. This cooling will continue over the next week.

The warmest waters are still found in the lower room of the water column. Fishermen should focus on the main habitat areas for larger concentrations of baitfish and hungry game fish as they migrate to their winter retention areas. As always, be sure to focus on periods of moving water for the best results.

Expect normal flows from most Maryland rivers and streams until Sunday, when they will begin to increase as a result of the rains that begin this weekend. There will be tidal currents above average until next Tuesday as a result of the new moon on November 26. The salinities of the bay's surface have largely returned to normal conditions.

Water clarity will be reduced from the bottom of Susquehanna's floors to Tolchester as a result of the recent floodgates that are opening at the Conowingo Dam.

For the latest water clarity conditions, see Eyes on the Bay satellite maps.

To see the full summary of the weekly fishing conditions and the most detailed and updated fishing conditions in your bay area, be sure to check Click before issuing. You can now receive regular updates on Maryland waters and creatures that call them home sent to your inbox with our new Eyes on the Bay newsletter. Register online


Upper Chesapeake Bay

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Mark Crowe caught these two cute striped bass while fishing near the mouth of the Magothy River. Photo by Mark Crowe.

Striped sea bass fishing is slowing in the pool of the Conowingo Dam and the Susquehanna River, as the water temperature drops. Some fish are caught in the early hours of the morning by throwing cheeky sheets and lures into the pool. The dam is scheduled to leave early in the morning and reports say water clarity is improving. The edges of the channels that leave the mouth of the Susquehanna provide a jigging action in the deepest parts of the channels, with a higher degree of striped bass than those found in the dam's pool.

The mouths of the Patapsco and Chester rivers are providing a light jigging action along with the deepest parts of the edges of the canal. The edges of Love Point, Swan Point and Podickory Point also support striped bass, often suspended slightly from the bottom in the deeper waters of the canals. Very often bait schools can also be detected near the bottom. Most are jigging with 6-inch soft plastic templates in white, pearl or chartreuse combinations with good results.

The trolling is a very effective way to work the deeper edges of the shipping channel and the channels that leave the tidal rivers. A little weight is needed to carry the umbrella platforms to where the largest striped bass is. Bucktails dressed in soft plastics behind an umbrella platform are the most popular form of troll.

There is good jigging action for the striped bass and the white perch on the Bay Bridge. A mixture of smaller striped bass and large white perches tends to stay deep in rock piles and pillars. The largest striped bass can often be found near the concrete pillars and some of the bridge pillars.

The yellow perch is moving towards the rivers and tidal streams in greater numbers, now that the water temperatures are colder. Those who fish with small turns of beetles, jigs and small fish are enjoying good fishing. A mixture of carcass and blue catfish is also very active and provides a lot of action.

Middle bay

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Spenser Horsey holds a beautiful striped bass he caught while jumping into the mouth of the Choptank River. Photo courtesy of Spencer Horsey.

There is a lot of low scratch action and the strong forecasted winds may be the only inhibitor for some spectacular jigging of light fall. The winds are supposed to decrease just in time for the weekend. The mouth of Eastern Bay and the Choptank River are excellent places to cross the deepest sections of the edges of the canal.

Watch for the seagulls: there is still a lot of bird action, with a 3-year-old striped bass chasing juvenile menhaden. You will find some stripes that measure 20 inches; Some call these fish "dinks," but one must remember that they represent the future of striped sea bass fishing in Chesapeake Bay and the coastal states from New England to North Carolina. They are beautiful examples of what a healthy striped bass should look like.

The largest striped bass from 5 to 7 years remains deep, either under the action of the surface or suspended just at the bottom. Jigging light rigs is an excellent way to reach them and some are seeing that it can take more than half an ounce to reach them. Many now use 1 ounce or heavier templates with soft plastics up to 10 inches; Wearing skirts on the head of the template can certainly help. White, pearl and chartreuse tend to be the most popular colors to imitate small menhaden.

Deep dragging with heavy in-line weights and umbrella platforms is an autumn tradition, and is generally a very effective way to cover the edges of the channel for striped suspended basses. A sturdy drag bar and a strong arm are needed to wind all this equipment and weight with a striped bass that clings to the trailer. Bucktails dressed in shameless shadows tend to be one of the best trailers to use. The edges of the shipping channel are one of the most popular places to troll.

The white perch now remains deep in the mouths of the tidal rivers and can be detected by stopping at the bottom with a good depth finder. They tend to prefer the bottom of oysters and can be found at a depth of up to 40 feet. Jigging with dropper fly platforms or using bottom platforms with blood worm pieces is the best way to catch them. Yellow perch is moving towards rivers and tidal streams and can provide good fishing on the coast with small lures or small live fish.

Lower bay

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Eric Packard holds a thick striped bass from the Patuxent River. Photo courtesy of Eric Packard.

The striped sea bass fishing fortunes are excellent at this time. The action of birds and the breaking of fish are common throughout the region. The surface action tends to be composed of 3-year-old fish, with the upper limit of that age class reaching 20 inches. The larger striped bass tends to be maintained along the edges of the channel where the bait crawls along those deeper edges.

The mouth of the Patuxent River, the lower Potomac River, Little Choptank, Point No Point, HS Buoy, Buoy 72 and the edges of the shipping channel are good places to find the striped bass that stays near the bottom. In these deeper waters with rapid currents, many have discovered that they can better hold the bottom with 1-ounce edged insoles with 8 or 10-inch soft plastics to attract larger fish. White, pearl or combinations of chartreuse and yellow are popular colors.

The trolling is an excellent way to fish these deep-seated striped bass, but heavy weights will be needed in line to get an umbrella platform to where the fish are. The braid helps with line drag, as does the deceleration of drag speeds. A ponytail dressed in shameless sheet is the most popular trailer behind an umbrella platform.

White perch is found in some of the deepest waters near the mouths of the main tidal rivers in the region. The hard bottom, like the oyster shell, has been a great place to find white perches in a deep seeker. Once found, a dropper platform with a metal template and a small soft plastic dropper fly works well. A 2-ounce sink with two dropper flies is also a white perch killer. A lower platform with two barley hooks with bloodworm pieces is another classic way to catch them.

The blue catfish is very active in the middle regions of the Patuxent, Potomac and Nanticoke rivers; They can provide a lot of fun fishing action and also help fill the freezer space with soft-tasting meat fillets. They can be trapped in almost any type of freshly cut bait or clam snouts.

Freshwater fishing

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Herb Floyd holds a pretty largemouth bass that he recently caught in a tidal stream in front of the Choptank River. Photo courtesy of Herb Floyd.

Fishing for pike perch and yellow perch is good at Deep Creek Lake, along the steepest rocky shores and the remaining deep grass. Drifting fish or fishing under a cork is a good way to target those species. Throwing small cranks is a good way to fish pike perch at the same times of the night. The small mouth bass stays near the falls at the rocky point and near the deep structure. The templates and crankbaits that look like crabs are working well this week.

Trout fishing in special fly fishing, catch and release or harvest delay areas offers a wonderful experience to fishermen who are looking for some peace and solitude. A sunny afternoon can offer more trout activity due to the slightly warmer waters, and it is also great for the fisherman to enjoy some extra heat for himself. Trout is often found in some of the deepest pools and can be caught in a variety of flies, provided they are caught deeply. Trouts can still be found in the purchase and extraction areas, especially those that were stored floating, such as the Middle Patuxent River. Throwing a variety of spinners and small spoons is a great way to cover the water and attract the attention of a trout. Different areas of trout management can be found in the Maryland Guide to Crab Fishing and Fishing or by consulting our online access map.

The largemouth bass is geared more to the deeper waters and structure. Larvae, templates and lures with blades are some of the best ways to reach them in deeper waters. Templates, small crankbaits and larvae can work well throughout delivery locations and transition areas. On a sunny afternoon, throwing crankbaits without lips in the shallow waters you can find low looking for warmer waters.

Chain pickets are held near the sunken wood along the coasts or in the tops of fallen trees waiting to ambush everything that happens. The type of fish is educated near a deep structure: the tops of the fallen trees, the sunken wood and the docks of the marina are excellent places to find them.

Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays

Fishermen in the Ocean City area anxiously await the coastal migration of the striped bass. They extend from Long Island to New Jersey this week and although most tend to follow a migration route well beyond the 3-mile limit, they will still be found along the beaches and near the coast. Surf fishermen and those fishing at the entrance catch a few, but tend to be local fish that are often below the minimum of 28 inches. Others will prepare to troll the shoals near the coast with parachutes, umbrella platforms and Stretch lures.

Tautog is being trapped at the entrance docks and in the Route 50 Bridge area. Many are of insufficient size but there are caretakers in the mix. Sand fleas tend to be the favorite bait with pieces of green crab in a second place.

The boats that take the fishermen to the wreck and reef sites are picking up their days, and it seems that the weather is good for the weekend. Limit catches are still common, but sometimes captains have to anchor and move due to the presence of spiny fish. The flounder is present in some of the sites, and sometimes you can add some porgies to the mix. Other boats are targeting tautog on similar sites with good results. The boats that go to the canyons are focused on fishing for swordfish in the deep waters of the Poorman & # 39; s Canyon.


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