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Mark Hanson holds up a pleasant striped bass destined for the dinner desk. Credit: Mark Hanson
Anglers are having fun with some enjoyable striped bass fishing on the Conowingo Dam Pool, casting quite a lot of topwater lures within the early morning and night. Most of the striped bass being encountered are measuring lower than 19 inches however provide loads of catch-and-release motion. There is a share of striped bass within the space that do measure above 19 inches and are a welcomed addition. Further down the Susquehanna River, close to the mouth and the flats, there may be additionally early morning and night topwater motion. As the day wears on, most anglers are switching to jigging and trolling alongside the channel edges.
Early morning and night topwater fishing for striped bass can also be good on the mouth of the Patapsco, Bush, Magothy, and Chester rivers. Anglers are additionally encountering breaking fish at instances, which is all the time thrilling. These similar areas in addition to the Love Point Rocks and the Bay Bridge are additionally good locations for jigging and trolling.
The striped bass that’s suspended alongside channel edges are typically holding at about 25-30 ft, however can typically be discovered at barely shallower depths. Trolling umbrella rigs rigged with spoons or sassy shads are the most well-liked, and heavy inline weights are wanted to get right down to the correct depths. Therefore heavy sort out is required and a braided line will help with sensitivity.
White perch are being discovered close to the mouths of the area’s tidal rivers, holding deep over onerous backside, and close to the Key and Bay Bridge piers. Bottom rigs baited with items of bloodworm or dropper rigs are the most well-liked approach to fish for them when they’re this deep. Fishing for blue catfish within the Susquehanna and Chester rivers is nice, and the entire area’s tidal rivers are holding channel catfish.
Jack Florio exhibits us that there are nonetheless some massive speckled sea trout within the center bay area. Bildnachweis: Eric Packard
Fishing within the center bay has settled right down to engaged on striped bass wherever they are often discovered. The most typical place to seek out them is suspended close to the underside alongside channel edges in about 25-35 ft of water.
Trolling is all the time a preferred approach to fish this time of the 12 months, particularly if the boat has a heat cabin to get out of the wind. Trolling can also be a great way to cowl a variety of water when the fish are unfold out, which is the case this week. It takes heavy inline weights to get umbrella rigs right down to the place the fish are holding. White sassy shads on the umbrella arms and white bucktail trailers have been favored mixtures currently. Those trolling deep alongside the transport channel edges ought to hold watch for pairs of buoys with flags connected, which mark business crab pot trotlines.
Some are fortunate sufficient to occur upon breaking fish, which are sometimes sub-legal striped bass, however jigging beneath them can usually produce bigger fish, If not, it’s all good enjoyable on mild sort out. White paddle tails are the best choice for lure choice; mixtures of pearl and hints of chartreuse are good decisions additionally. One ought to hold a watch out for slicks and sitting seagulls which may point out motion beneath the floor.
The western aspect of the transport channel from Thomas Point south previous Breezy Point are good locations to verify. The mouth of the Severn and South rivers are holding striped bass that’s intercepting baitfish leaving the rivers. The similar situation may be present in Eastern Bay and the mouth of the Choptank River. Those jigging on the mouth of the Choptank River within the False Channel proceed to hook up with fair-sized sea trout this week.
Many are having fun with enjoyable striped bass motion within the decrease sections of the area’s tidal rivers, casting paddle tails and topwater lures within the comparatively shallow areas alongside the shorelines. Old submerged breakwaters and outstanding factors are a number of the favored spots to fish.
White perch are holding deep over oyster backside within the decrease sections of the area’s tidal rivers. The greatest approach to goal them is to find a faculty with a depth finder, and both anchor or drift over the suspended perch, which will likely be holding near the underside. Using items of bloodworm on a backside rig is the easiest way to focus on them.
Bildnachweis: Eric Packard
Striped bass is being discovered all through the decrease bay however a couple of standouts embrace the decrease Potomac River, the mouth of the Patuxent, and the jap aspect of the transport channel from Buoy 72A south previous the Target Ship.
In the decrease Potomac, the steep channel edge from St. George Island previous Piney Point has been a really productive location for the previous week. Many are trolling white umbrella rigs with heavy inline weights to get right down to the place the fish are suspended off the underside. There are further trolling alternatives within the mouth of the Patuxent River and alongside the jap aspect of the transport channel.
Those preserving an in depth watch on their depth finders or who’re fortunate sufficient to come across breaking fish are having fun with good light-tackle jigging motion for striped bass. Jigging beneath breaking fish with white paddle tails or comparable tender plastics is working effectively. Casting in the direction of shoreline construction within the decrease sections of the area’s tidal rivers with paddle tails, crankbaits, and topwater lures within the early morning or late night hours can also be productive.
The decrease sections of the Patuxent River and Tangier Sound space are good locations to seek out colleges of white perch holding in deep water over the oyster backside. Once marked on a depth finder, utilizing a backside rig with items of bloodworm has been the most well-liked approach to goal them.
Fishing for blue catfish may hardly be any higher within the tidal parts of the Potomac and Nanticoke rivers this week. If one is seeking to top off on tasty fillets that freeze effectively, it’s onerous to beat blue catfish. Most any type of lower bait, clam snouts, or hen liver are good baits to make use of on a easy backside rig.
Maryland DNR survey crews discovered this 41-inch tiger muskellunge in Triadelphia Reservoir. Credit: Mary Groves
Trout anglers are having fun with continued alternatives within the put-and-take trout administration areas this week. Recent rain has improved flows in lots of streams and rivers within the central and western areas. The ponds and lakes that have been stocked in October additionally proceed to supply good trout fishing alternatives. The catch-and-release trout administration waters provide loads of enjoyable motion for these utilizing fly fishing gear or the place allowed mild spinning sort out.
Deep Creek Lake is usually devoid of leisure boating site visitors now and most floating docks have been pulled. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are holding alongside drop-offs and deep cowl equivalent to grass strains, sunken wooden, and steep rocky edges. Crayfish imitations, whether or not they’re tender plastics or crankbaits, are good decisions to work in the direction of drop-offs if fishing from a ship. Northern pike and chain pickerel are very energetic close to coves.
Fishing for largemouth bass is nice in lots of the ponds and reservoirs that dot the state. The bass is usually holding alongside drop-offs close to any type of construction they’ll discover, selecting off crayfish and baitfish which can be shifting from declining shallow cowl to deeper cowl for the winter months. In the tidal rivers, largemouth bass is following the identical sample of holding close to drop-offs in deeper waters. Soft plastic crayfish jigs, grubs, silver buddies, and crankbaits are good decisions to work in these areas.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources survey groups has been out electro-fishing to review the inhabitants in lots of the reservoirs and lakes all through Maryland lately. In many instances, wholesome populations of largemouth bass, crappie, and different sport fish have been discovered. Unfortunately, some undesirable invasive fish have additionally been found. Northern snakeheads have been found in Loch Raven Reservoir, Little Seneca Lake, Tuckahoe Lake, and Johnson’s Pond in October. One nice shock catch was a 41-inch tiger muskie from Triadelphia Reservoir.
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Tim Price holds up a pleasant flounder caught close to the reef websites. Credit: Tim Price
In the surf, the main focus is totally on fishing lower bait for an opportunity at bluefish, striped bass, and maybe a lingering massive pink drum. Some medium-sized bluefish lately moved into the realm. Most of the striped bass being caught are falling slightly in need of the 28-inch minimal.
At the inlet, tautog fishing is getting higher by the day as water temperatures drop. Sand fleas and items of inexperienced crab are the most well-liked baits. The jetties and bulkheads on the inlet are good locations to seek out them. Bluefish and small pink drum lately moved into the inlet and are offering loads of motion for these casting jigs. Striped bass can also be current.
A couple of flounder can nonetheless be discovered shifting by the inlet, however it’s changing into slim pickings as most have left the coastal bays and have headed offshore. There continues to be some enjoyable striped bass fishing on the Route 90 Bridge. Most are arising in need of 28 inches however are enjoyable to catch and launch. Paddle tails are usually the most well-liked lure to make use of.
Fishing for sea bass continues to be superb on the wreck and reef websites; a mixture of flounder and triggerfish are additionally being caught. Further offshore on the canyons, a couple of swordfish are being caught together with limits of blueline tilefish.
“In this sport of catching fish I like to do the entire job myself.” — Lee Wulff