Maryland Area Fishing Report
Upper Chesapeake Bay - Susquehanna Flats - Deal Island
11/23/20 REPORT Warmer temps the past week made for a good week of fishing in the Lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay area. Monday 11/16/20 Deal Island aboard Kingfish II Fishzoo anglers limited out on Striped Bass each of 2 days with the largest being 28" live lining and jigging did the trick! Thursday evening 11/19/20 - Good Walleye bite on fire tiger jerkbait and chartreuse and white deceivers. Conowingo Dam discharge was 32,000 CFS, water temp 56F, clean and clear. Friday evening 11/20/20 - Again good Walleye bite on fire tiger jerkbait and chartreuse and white deceivers. Conowingo Dam discharge was less than Thursday at 23,000 CFS, water temp 56F, clean and clear. Saturday afternoon/evening 11/21/20 Fishzooers started on the flats with no bites, boils or birds, water temps 51F, water was clear but allot of floating debris and duck hunters. We decided to run up river and glad we did as there was good action on top water plugs mostly undersized fish, one keeper to hand and a few others in the high teens. We left them still biting at dark. Water temp 55F, clean and clear. Most bites came from about 3-5 feet depth.
Two day limit for anglers aboard the Kingfish II out of Deal Island Maryland
18" Walleye caught on Jerkbait Lower Susquehanna River
Susquehanna River Level Friday morning 11/20/20
19" Rockfish caught on top water plugs lower Susquehanna River
Upper Chesapeake Bay - Susquehanna Flats
11/17/20 Not much new to report from fishzooers for the upper Chesapeake Bay and tribs... the past week provided up and down days on the water. Monday evening 11/9/20 on the flats just before sundown with good Rockfish action until dark. Again mostly dinks with a few keepers mixed in entirely on topwater. Wednesday 11/11/20 Lower Susquehanna River flathead and blue catfish bite was a no-bite. Trip was salvaged by running to the flats for sundown with consistent top water stripers... again small but fun. Friday 11/13/20 as "luck" would have it we fished the flats again except this time we were not able to find the schools. A few birds around but no bites under them. We moved around and managed one 17-18 to hand and one blowup on the popper... slow night! Water was clean and clear, temp 58F. GOOD NEWS is after tropical storm Eta visited the area with a few inches of rain the Susquehanna River is still low and clean.
Upper Chesapeake Bay - Bush River, Susquehanna Flats
11/09/20 The Rockfish bite is ramping up nicely with the cooler water (60F on the flats and bush) in the upper bay and rivers. Fishzooers are getting consistent action and good numbers of rockfish on top water plugs. While mostly dinks there are a few keeper size fish mixed in. Also with the favorable water temps the Blue Catfish feeding more aggressively. Heard of a 40+ lb blue caught in the Susquehanna River last week.
Susquehanna Flats & River - Harford County MD
10/26/20 The Rockfish bite on the Susquehanna Flats and Lower River continue to be a bit sluggish. Fishzooers managed a couple of fish close to keeper size over the weekend fishing topwater on both the flats and up river. Casting at diving birds yielded a few boils and a number of hookups that came off they seemed to be mostly small ones with a couple of larger fish mixed in. On Saturday the wind made fishing really difficult on the flats so we tried up river and again the bite was slow with just a few boils and one near keeper size Rockfish that came tight. Water temp was 68 f and clarity was very good. With this cold front and as the water temps drop into the low 60s the bite should improve.
Deer Creek - Harford County MD
10/21/20 FYI - Stocked with 500 Golden/Rainbow Trout
Rising Sun Pond - Cecil County MD
10/21/20 FYI - Stocked with 200 Golden/Rainbow Trout
Susquehanna Flats - Harford County MD
10/14/20 Fishzooers braved the SW wind for the evening bite. Once the wind calmed down about 12 undersized Rockfish were brought to hand with as many boils and short strikes most on Creek Chubs one on fly. Grass was definitely a problem! Only thing picture was the sunset.
Big Elk Creek - Cecil County MD
10/09/20 FYI - Stocked with 600 Brown Trout
Lower Susquehanna River - Harford County Side
10/10/20 wading the Hartford side and with topwater and same result minus the smallmouth.
10/11/20 Again waded the Hartford side with topwater and again a few boils and chasers but nothing came tight. The river was crystal clear and the lowest I've seen it in a while. water temp was low 70s and no bait around anywhere.
Susquehanna Flats - Havre de Grace MD
10/09/20 Fishzooers tried the flats and got beat to death with the southwest wind waves. It looked like there was a lot of life on the Susquehanna Flats but just too rough to fish. Pulled the boat and went up river on the Harford County side and fished topwater and caught one smallmouth and a few boils and chasers.
Chesapeake Bay - Cape Charles VA
Fishzoo anglers had good success last weekend on the lower Chesapeake bay Cape Charles area targeting speckled trout. Weeding through a good number of smaller fish they managed a few nice keepers in the 16-20 range. All were caught on white Gulps using a 1/4 oz jighead and popping cork in 2-4' of water off the grass flats. Lots of hits and short strikes too.
Offshore - Ocean City MD
Always an adventure with Captain Joe! 2 Fishzoo & MarylandAnglers.com members did a Friday Saturday overnighter in the Washington and WOW what a trip! In the box - one 150 lb Bigeye, one 135 lb Bigeye, one 65 lb Wahoo and about a dozen slinger Mahi. We had a couple of other bites that didn't come tight and lost 2 spreader bars that appeared to be bit off. We also tried for Swordfish on the deep drop at night with no bites despite news that many were being caught in the Washington.
Chesapeake Bay - Cape Charles
Fishzoo members fished the bay and tidal creeks around Cherrystone and Kiptopeke State park for a few days. Loads of Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum and Grays but no keepers. All were caught on white gulps 4" using a popping cork rig. Fun fishing just all shorts. The largest trout was about 12" and the largest Pup was maybe 16"
White Marlin Open - 2020
The White Marlin Open is the worlds largest billfish tournament.
The 2020 White Marlin Open wrapped up Sunday night August 10th with 2 new tournament record fish, (97 & 77 LB White Marlin). The 433 registered boats braved the COVID-19 world pandemic and a menacing hurricane to haul in fish that were collectively worth $6.8 million dollars during the weeklong event – it represents the most tournament money ever awarded in fishing.
Congratulations to Liquidaddicted and crew aboard "The Unreel" for grabbing 3rd place in the Small Boat daily tuna category....
Read the entire story here https://whitemarlinopen.com/news/post/47th-white-marlin-open-pays-world-record-purse
Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries
REMINDER - Rockfish season closed until September 1st
Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries
Lots of other action to be had with Large Drum being caught in the lower bay with blues and spanish mackerel mixed in. Lots of invasive species to target as well especially upper bay and tributaries. DNR is asking anglers to voluntarily participate in a survey to determine the numbers, size and location of invasive species such as snakeheads, blue catfish and flatheads.
Maryland anglers are encouraged to submit their catch information to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources volunteer angler surveys. These mobile-friendly volunteer surveys can easily help turn a fishing trip into a scientific expedition by submitting basic data directly from a smartphone.
The department has sever
al volunteer angler surveys for various species and programs, including artificial reef initiative, freshwater fisheries and striped bass. New this year, anglers can submit a catch of the invasive northern snakehead.
“Data collected from snakehead anglers will help out significantly in understanding the species, their movement, and size,”
Inshore - Winter Quarter was slow last week with the storms and wind over the weekend one fishzooer reported catching a few keeper sea bass and one trigger.
Ocean City Inlet - busy weekend with the airshow but one fishzooer managed to catch a nice 19" in flounder drifting white gulps
Fishzoo angler Mike-o shown below with this huge red drum