A good day for fishing on the banks of the Choptank
The weather Saturday for the rescheduled Greensboro Fishing Derby was pretty ideal, mostly overcast and a bit muggy, but rain-free and not much wind.
Young anglers and their families caught a variety of fish during the free event on the banks of the upper Choptank River. Rods and reels and earthworms were provided for the fishing along with a lunch and an awards ceremony following the action on the water.
Miranda McQuay scored the biggest catch of the day, an 18½-inch catfish. She caught the catfish on a piece of an eel she had caught earlier along with bluegill and sunfish.
Saturday was the first free fishing day of the year in Maryland when no license or trout stamp is required. The other days are June 11 and July 4. Anglers under the age of 16 don’t need a license on any day.
Next Saturday, June 11, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, near Rock Hall, will host a youth fishing derby at Headquarters Pond from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is for ages 5 to 15. Loaner rods and reels will be available, along with bait and food, and staff will be on hand to help.
*** Tuckahoe 3D shoots The Tuckahoe Bowmen’s regular Sunday 3D shoots are underway with the next shoot scheduled for Father’s Day, June 19. All bow classes are welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the course opens at 9.
The course is on the grounds of Tuckahoe State Park and features 3D targets placed throughout a woodland setting.
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*** Fishing report Striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal rivers is now open to the standard summer/fall regulations: bag limit of two fish, minimum size of 20 inches, only one of which can be equal to or greater than 28 inches.
Chumming for rockfish has been pretty good on the ebb tide, but with a high percentage of sub-legal fish. The 2011-year class is coming on strong and many anglers are catching their two-fish limit in short order.
Anglers are also trolling a mixed spread of umbrella rigs and tandem rigs behind planers or inline weights to get lures down to where the fish are holding along channel edges. Mediumsized bucktails, Storm swim shad-type plastic baits, and spoons are good choices for trolling.
Jigging has been productive when concentrations of
fish can be found suspended near structure.
Plenty of white perch can be caught in tidal rivers. They are a fine fish for kids to target, or older folks, for a leisure day of bottom fishing or casting small spinners. Channel catfish and striped bass can also be part of the mix.
Eastern Bay and the middle regions of tidal rivers such as the Choptank are of fering stripers for those fishing shoreline structure or steep channel edges. Topwater lures on spinning tackle or skipping bugs, streamers, and Clousers on a fly rod are good choices. Structure such as rip rap, prominent points, and old piers are great places to target in the early morning or evening hours.
Out in the main part of the bay, chumming at the Bay Bridge, Hacketts, Gum Thickets, the Hill, Thomas Point, and the Clay Banks is becoming popular. The channel edges outside the chumming fleet locations and the western edge of the shipping channel have been good places to troll.
Some black drum are biting on the Sharps Island and James Island Flats.
Recreational crabbing has been good in many of the middle and lower bay tidal rivers. In some areas, female and small crabs tend to be chewing up baits and now cow-nosed rays are joining the buffet as uninvited guests.
On the freshwater scene, largemouth bass fishing has been good as most fish are now in a post-spawn phase of activity and feeding aggressively to build up body stores after the arduous process of spawning. Jigs, small crankbaits, and stick worms worked close to structure will often get them to bite.
On the coast, water temperatures in the Ocean City area are reaching the 70-degree mark, which brings in a large variety of fish. In the surf, large rockfish are still being caught along with bluefish, black drum, and kingfish. Flounder fishing is improving in the back bays. Offshore, sea bass fishing has been very good with limit catches and the canyon fishery has taken off with excellent catches in the vicinity of the Norfolk Canyon. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Most people have a pace (two steps) of 4.5 to 5 feet. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss Email me at email@example.com
Greensboro Parks Board Chair Elouzia Knight presents Miranda McQuay with a plaque for catching the largest fish at the Greensboro Fishing Derby, Saturday morning on the upper Choptank River.