Know the laws before you go out
I’ve seen a lot more police presence on the water and at local lakes and rivers this year.
That’s a good thing for anglers, because when everyone follows the rules the resources can be properly managed so there’s some to go around for everyone.
Make sure to check the regulations online before you head out to do any fishing. Although the Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources contains the most up-to-date information available at printing, the minimum sizes, daily creel and possession limit can change and it’s the angler’s responsibility to know and abide by the law.
The 2017 summer flounder regulations are set at a 17-inch minimum size with four per day until Dec. 31. This is a change from last year that wasn’t available when the guide was published.
Although flounder are usually part of the Ocean City fishing report, they can be found in the lower and middle Chesapeake Bay regions during the mid to late summer months. I’ve caught my fair share of smallsized “volunteers” in a collapsible crab trap off my sister-inlaw’s pier on the Potomac River.
DNR’s Keith Lockwood said the Cornfield Harbor areas as well as Pocomoke and Tangier sounds offer the best locations to find them. Southern Maryland lakes and ponds
— Opportunities for catching bass and bluegill are limitless this month. The largemouth and smallmouth season opens on June 15 with a minimum size of 12 inches and creel of five fish in effect.
Anthony Hancock, assistant manager of Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, said he was surprised to see a few anglers last week with stringers of three to four trout apiece. Casting small spinners and spoons on ultralight gear will catch trout along with just about anything else that swims in the lake.
Patuxent River — Captains Dale Coon and Dennis Fleming of Fishamajig Guide Service (240-538-1260) found plenty of stripers in the Patuxent last week but not many keepers.
Spot and croaker haven’t hit full summertime mode yet, according to Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park (301-863-8151), but white perch are abundant in all the creeks. Catfishing is great in the upper Patuxent for hook and line and bow fishermen.
Potomac River — According to Life Outdoors Unlimited guide Scott Johnson (240-625-2550), it’s safe to get out on the upper Potomac now that the water levels have dropped.
Johnson recommends focusing on submerged ledges and rock flats with moderate current in the upcoming days as the river level continues to go down. Campground tubes in bold colors are working well
along with spinnerbaits retrieved along current seams parallel with the current.
The action in grass beds is heating up, according to Reel Bass Adventures guide Andy Andrzejewski (301-932-1509). Andrzejewski recommends small poppers or frogs fished around grasses or pad
fields until the sun is high on the water. Bluegill are plentiful on the inside edges of grasses in coves and small spinners, grubs or fly rod poppers will collect them.
Considering there wasn’t much good news to report on during trophy rockfish season, the Potomac has experienced a complete turnaround in the past week.
Lamb reports there’s lots of action from Point Lookout all the way to the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge and beyond. Trollers are finding good-sized rockfish off St. George’s Island in 30 feet of water. He said locals are catching more rockfish in the St. Mary’s River than they have in decades.
Aqualand Marina (301259-2222) reports steady catfish action from their rental boat fleet as they await the first run of croaker and spot. Chesapeake Bay — Fleming said the larger fish have once again moved north in the Chesapeake Bay and anglers in the Annapolis area are enjoying good fishing for bigger fish.