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MARYLAND: Catching Striped Bass by Casting Surface Poppers

Monday, October 15th, 2012

This truly is the best of times and seasons for Maryland outdoorsman; it is all right there for us to enjoy this month.

Everything from trout fishing, smallmouth and largemouth bass to striped bass and bluefish in the bay to red drum and offshore species in the ocean; kind of makes a guy confused as to what to fish for first.

Cooling water temperatures are creating some exciting fishing opportunities near the Conowingo Dam and lower Susquehanna River for a mix of striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishermen are having good success catching striped bass by casting surface poppers from shore and small boats. Smallmouth bass and walleye are being caught on crankbaits, tubes and jigs. Anyone wishing to launch at the Lapidum boat ramp should take notice that the ramp will be closed from October 9th through December 1st for sediment removal from the launch area and construction of a sediment barrier. Anyone who has tried to use the ramp at low tide knows about the silt that was deposited there by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Many fishermen in the upper bay region use this time of the year to stock up on the plentiful white perch that can be found in the region. White perch are beginning to school up on shoal areas found in the deeper parts of the tidal rivers and bay. Often the larger white perch can be found in slightly deeper areas than their smaller brothers and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms are the first choice by fishermen.

Fishermen are finding plenty of striped bass action in the upper bay this week in the form of roving schools of sub-legal fish with just enough legal sized fish to keep it interesting. The smaller fish are spread out throughout the region and are providing a lot of fun for light tackle fishermen casting surface poppers and other topwater lures. As one gets closer to the Bay Bridge the odds of finding larger fish increase either on the surface or underneath the surface action. Most savvy striped bass fishermen know that working a jig deep underneath a school of breaking small fish is worth a try. If it doesn’t work out one can always look for another school to work and so it goes when striped bass are in a fall pattern of chewing up bait schools headed out of the tidal rivers. The bridge piers of the Bay Bridge are always a good place to check since they are a favorite place for striped bass to hold in the current waiting for bait to be swept by.

Keith Lockwood


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MARYLAND: Striped Bass Being Caught at the Base of the Conowingo Dam

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Fishermen continue to catch white perch and channel catfish in the upper most limits of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries this week. A few striped bass are also being caught at the base of the Conowingo Dam. Fishermen are reporting good fishing for white perch in and around Baltimore Harbor and out in the bay at the shoals, reefs and knolls outside the harbor. They are also reporting small striped bass chasing baitfish such as bay anchovies in the harbor area and out in the bay. Closer to the Bay Bridge and Love Point, fishermen are finding a larger grade of striped bass under the small striped bass chasing bait on the surface. These same larger fish are also holding near deep structure such as the steep channel edges near Podickory Point, Love Point and other structure such as the sewer pipe and bridge piers. Jigging, live lining spot, chumming and trolling are all good ways to fish. Small bluefish are also part of the mix fishermen will find above the bay bridge.

In the middle bay region fishermen are finding a mix of striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel spread throughout the region. Some of the better locations for live lining spot for striped bass have been the Hill, south of Poplar Island near Buoy 83, the False Channel and Diamonds areas. Bluefish are very much part of the scene and have been chopping up live baits on a regular schedule. Once fishermen have fish under the boat chunking fresh spot can work as well as live baits in many instances. A mix of striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel can be found chasing bay anchovies throughout the entire middle bay region. Casting small spoons, jigging underneath the surface action or trolling along channel edges has been a good way to catch them. Most fishermen are trolling small Drone and Clark spoons behind inline weights or planers.

Fishing for white perch in the tidal rivers in the middle and lower bay regions continues to be very good this week. Casting small spinners, jigs and spinnerbaits along shoreline structure has been very productive. Fishermen are also finding spot and small red drum in the same areas as well as a few legal size striped bass. Bottom fishing for spot and white perch in the deeper waters in the lower sections of the tidal rivers in the middle bay area are good this week. Eastern Bay, Hackett’s Bar, the lower Choptank, the Severn and West Rivers have been good places to fish with bloodworms. Marcial Amigo enjoyed casting a Beetle Spin near Thomas Point and bringing home these nice white perch.

Maryland
Dept of Natural Resources


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