Maryland Fishing Report

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Now that Labor Day activities have been left behind, fishermen can focus on fishing more with family and friends. The colder weather will begin to show its face and the waters of Maryland will begin to shake the heat of summer. Spanish mackerel fishing has been very popular in the bay.

On September 5, there will be a preview night of Eastern Shore Fall Anglers starting at 5:30 p.m. at 7pm. at Jimmy and Sook's restaurant in Cambridge. The event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and will feature speakers from the Coast Conservation Association and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Topics covered will include dead areas of the bay, recent high water temperatures, the status of striped bass populations, catch and release tips and how to use water data for your fishing advantage. If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected] Register on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation website.

Forecast Summary: September 4 – September 10

Expect cooler air temperatures and windy conditions the new days to cool the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, break the main algal blooms and bring the much needed oxygen to deeper waters. This will provide gamefish with a slightly wider range of depths to hunt for food and increase the likelihood of a shallow water bite.

The salinities of the surface of the bay are still below normal for this time of year, but they improve slightly. While windy conditions from Wednesday to Friday will mix waters and re-oxygenate some of the deepest waters, fishermen should avoid waters below the following depths: from the state line to Point no Point, 45 feet; North to Little Choptank. 32 feet; to the Choptank River, 25 feet, Bloody Point, 16 feet; Bay Bridge, 23 feet; Swan Point, 17 feet; and Still Pond, 23 feet. From there north to the Susquehanna floors, there is enough oxygen in the background.

Expect less water clarity from the algal blooms on the main stem of the Bay from the Patapsco River to the Chester River, to Bloody Point and then hugging the western coast below the mouth of the Patuxent River. Blooms are also present in the Patuxent, Back and Northeast rivers. On the Potomac River, blooms of seaweed patches are present in the Wicomico, as well as from the colonial beach to the mouth of the river.

Throughout the bay, water temperatures remain at around 79 degrees. The water temperature in Little Falls has dropped to 80 degrees. Expect normal flows from most Maryland rivers and streams this week. There will be tidal currents above average on Wednesday and again next Monday and Tuesday as a result of the next full moon on September 14.

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Upper Chesapeake Bay

The fishing of striped sea bass in the area of ​​the planes and the Susquehanna River has improved, but it is still an early morning matter for those who throw lures, jigs and water slides. The Conowingo Dam is in a cycle of power generation during the day, but there has been some fishing action at first light. The percentage of sublegal fish in the general area has been high.

A little further down the bay, those eels that live in line and are located around the deepest edges of Pooles Island have found some low-scratch action. The 7-foot and 9-foot mounds hold striped bass, as do Swan and Love Point. The live coating site has been the most popular way of fishing in these areas. Many of the striped bass that are captured are of insufficient size, so care must be taken when releasing them.

Fishermen are reminded to wear circle hooks when they live in the lining. See our website and our video for more information on circular hooks and careful release. Also remember that water temperatures are still above 75 degrees, so sublegal fish should be released as quickly as possible with minimal handling stress for the fish. Do not hold the fish with a cloth or towel, as this will remove the protective layer of slime from the scratched bass.

The Baltimore Harbor area has been offering some striped bass action to those eels that live live and are located on the Key Bridge docks. There is also action along the edges of the channel within the port for those who navigate with soft white or chartreuse plastic templates. Catfish and white perch also abound in the harbor and nearby tidal rivers.

The striped bass action on the Bay Bridge has loosened this week as private and charter boats have extended to other places to live online or to dance. There has been a small contingent of private boats that anchor at night and work the docks of the East Bridge with a live place, with results from good to good.

The fishing of white perch and catfish is very good in the upper tributaries of the Bay. The spot can easily be found at the mouth of the Magothy River and the west side of the Bay Bridge in the shallowest areas. Those who fish a mixture of small spoons and / or umbrella platforms are catching some striped bass near the live coating sites and the edges of the canal. Those who are fishing a mixture of small spoons at faster speeds behind small brushes and weights in line are seeing some Spanish mackerels north of the Bay Bridge.

Middle bay

Photo of the man holding a large red drum that he caught

(Jonathan McKnight holds a large red drum that he caught from the cliffs of Calvert for a quick photo before returning it to the bay. Photo by Daniel Hamilton)

Spanish mackerel fishing has provided a lot of fun, fishing entertainment and good food. The edges of the shipping channel and any place where you can see the fish are a good place to look for them, whether you are fishing with trolling or throwing fish. The west side of the shipping channel from the south of Chesapeake Beach has been an important hot spot for troll. A combination of gold and silver spoons placed behind small planers or weight online in a quick clip is perhaps the most popular way to catch them.

Others have fun throwing small heavy metal lures to break fish and stagger as fast as they can, after allowing them to sink a little. In most cases, the fish that break are small striped bass in the size range of 12 to 14 inches chasing anchovies from the bay with Spanish mackerel crossing the melee. Closely monitoring depth seekers when you encounter such action can reveal a large red drum that lurks beneath the surface. Jigging with large spoons or soft plastic can attract this great red drum to offer a fun catch and release action.

There is still some action for the striped bass at Thomas Point and the mouth of Eastern Bay. Most of the striped basses that are captured are of sublegal size, but a fair portion exceeds the minimum of 20 inches. Thomas Point is also a fun place to launch jigs for some light rigging games.

The striped bass fishery in shallow water is slowly waking up in the lower sections of the region's tidal rivers. The striped bass is being trapped in a variety of lures; It is reported that most are sub-legal, but some more than 20 inches are captured. This fishery should constantly improve as the water temperature cools.

White perch fishing has been good in tidal rivers and streams. Simple bottom platforms barley with grass shrimp or bloodworms caught in hard bottom areas or near deep dock docks have been very good. Throwing small spinnerbaits, spinners or small jigs is a fun way to catch white perches along the structure of the coast in the early hours of the morning and at sunset.

Lower bay

Spanish mackerel is providing much of the fishing action. Trolling a mixture of small silver and gold spoons behind No. 1 planers and weights online has been a popular way to catch them. The abundance of Spanish mackerel offers a wonderful fishing opportunity and good food. They can be found along the edges of the shipping channel and at the intermediate points to and beyond the target ship.

Photo of the man holding a cobia.

(Dan Bishop caught his first cobia while trolling and, although he had to be released, Dan was happy. Photo courtesy of Dan Bishop)

There are mixed banks of blue fish and small striped bass chasing bay anchovies in the lower bay, Spanish mackerel is focusing on the party and can be found by cutting the action. Throwing small heavy metal lures and accelerating through the breaking fish is a fun way to catch mackerel. The large red drum can sometimes be found holding close to the bottom under such action. Jigging with large spoons or soft plastic templates is a great way to aim at them. If trolling, a large spoon can attract a strike for a fun catch and drop action.

The best live lining action for the striped bass is the edge of the steep channel from Piney Point to the island of St. Georges on the Potomac River. There is also some morning action in shallow waters on the lower Patuxent River and the St. Mary's River for the striped bass when launching a variety of lures.

On the east side of the Bay there is good speckled trout fishing along the marshes of the east coast. Throwing lures early in the morning or at dusk along the edges of the swamps and stump fields has been good. Surface lures like Zara Spooks will keep you above the grass. Where grass is not a problem, throwing baits of white or pink Gulp mullets or soft crab baits drifting in the small streams that drain from the marshes are good tactics.

Bottom fishing for the spot remains very good, although most of the spot and croakers are small. White perch fishing is good in rivers and tidal streams. Sole fishing in the sounds of Pocomoke and Tangier deserves attention. They can be caught in small fish, squid or white baits.

Cobia is still found on the east side of the lower bay, mainly near Middle Grounds and Target Ship. Most tend to be below the minimum of 40 inches, but they provide a great sport when sight fishing or trolling. Live eels or large soft plastic templates will catch them if they are thrown when they see them.

Recreational crabs It just seems to improve every week, as slightly cooler water temperatures and higher salinity values ​​are better suited to crabs. Blue crabs get fat to sleep during the winter, so September tends to offer the best time to catch some big and heavy crabs. The middle and lower bay regions offer the best crabs fishing opportunities, but large male crabs are shown in the upper bay region more regularly.

Freshwater fishing

The coldest weather will start showing your face this month, and the fall trout storage program is only a month away. Many trout and other trout management waters will be supplied with a generous number of rainbow and brown trouts.

This week, fly fishing or catch and release areas offer fun and relaxing fishing opportunities. The northern branch of the Potomac along with the rivers Savage, Youghiogheny and the top of the gunpowder offer good catch and release trout fishing. Terrestrial or nymphs are good patterns to use.

The largemouth bass continues to maintain a pattern of summer behavior, so the first hours of the morning and the late hours of the night offer some of the best fishing activities near the shallow grass and the structure of the coast. Throwing buzzbaits, frogs, lipless crankbaits and soft plastics on or near shallow grass, stream mouths and fallen treetops can offer an exciting action. As the sun rises higher in the sky, aiming thick grass over deeper waters with stick worms or soft plastics that are weighed and allowed to sink through the grass often works well to rest face down. Treetops fallen in deep water, sunken wood or bridge pillars are excellent places to test larvae, small crankbaits and craw-like jigs.

Northern snake heads can often be found in shallow grassy areas in most tidal rivers. The streams that feed the Potomac tide and the streams and rivers in Dorchester County offer some of the best successes due to the large number of northern snake heads that reside there. Buzzbaits, chatterbaits and frogs are good surface lures to use in green areas.

The blue catfish is very abundant in the Potomac tide and can offer a fun and fast fishing action. Freshly cut white perch baits, blue gills or gizzard shadles are excellent baits, clam snouts can also work well. The blue catfish is appearing in other tidal rivers in good quantity. The Nanticoke River in the Sharpstown area and the lower Susquehanna area offer good fishing for blue catfish. The flat-headed catfish can be found in the lower part of Susquehanna and the Conowingo dam pool, as well as in the tide and the upper part of Potomac.

Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays

Photo of the man holding a large Mahi Mahi

(Photo by David W. Sutherland)

Along the beaches of Ocean City and Assateague Island, kingfish, spot and croaker are caught on bottom platforms with bloodworm baits. Blue fish are caught in baits cut from spots or mullets and moved into squid strips.

At the entrance and the area of ​​the Route 50 Bridge, blue fish enter and leave the entrance at the tides. Metal casting, Got-Cha plugs or drifting cut bait have been some of the best ways to catch them. The flounder is present in the entrance area and the best way to catch the largest flounder is to drift live or throw white Gulp baits.

Flounder fishing is the most popular type of fishing in the back bay areas. Channels like the East Channel, Thorofare and Sinepuxent Bay in front of the airport have been some of the best places to fish. There is usually a lot of sublegal flounder, so larger baits will help by targeting larger fish. Live or white Gulp baits often help eliminate the smallest flounder.

There is an exciting fishing action in the shoal areas near the beaches. Those drag silver spoons behind the in-line weights capture a mixture of Spanish mackerel, royal mackerel and blue fish. There is cobia crossing the school areas and, when seen on the surface, they can be caught by throwing live eels or large pink soft plastic templates.

Sea bass fishing has been good to good at shipwreck sites and coastal reefs. The flounder is starting to form a larger portion of the catches at the sites. Triggerfish is appearing at shipwreck sites and also in Winter Quarter Shoal.

In recent days there has been a good yellowfin tuna over 60 pounds caught near the Baltimore Canyon. A mixture of large dolphins and white marlin is also being captured in the canyon regions. Recently some swordfish and sailfish have been caught.


“It's good that we don't have to kill the sun, the moon or the stars. It is enough to live in the sea and kill our true brothers. ”- The old man and the sea, Ernest Hemingway


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.

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Source:https://www.times-news.com/sports/outdoors/maryland-fishing-report-september/article_bd839886-cf53-11e9-9645-8fac73e13e24.html

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