You are now free to catch a striped bass anywhere
Anglers wanting to get in on this year’s striped bass fishing in Maryland now have more areas to fish.
The official opening of the summer/fall striped bass season with no exclusions on where anglers can catch the state fish began Thursday, June 1.
All areas of the Chesapeake Bay, including tidal rivers and tributaries, are now fair game.
“Even though many of the larger striped bass have already left the bay heading to cooler waters further north, many of the smaller rockfish remain abundant in the bay and its tributaries,” said DNR Fishing and Boating Ser vices Director David Blazer.
Licensed anglers are permitted to catch two striped bass between 20-28 inches per day, or one fish between 20-28 inches and one fish larger than 28 inches.
I was able to catch a few in the Corsica River on Friday. I was mostly trying to get a few perch for the frying pan using a mini Rat-L-Trap, but quite a few stripers couldn’t resist the lure either. The largest decent looking rockfish was around 15 inches. A 24-incher had lesions all over it, pretty disgusting.
The DNR would like anglers to assist efforts in monitoring our striped bass population. Anyone who catches a tagged fish should follow the instructions on the printed tag or call 800-688-3467. You’re asked to record the tag number, capture date, fishing location, and total length. * * * Record turkey harvest Hunters reported harvesting 4,175 wild turkeys during the 2017 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons in our state.
This year’s harvest was 8 percent higher than 2016 (3,874) and marked the third consecutive record harvest in the state. It is also well above the 10-year average of 3,303.
“The high harvest can be attributed to a combination of factors, including growing turkey populations and expanded Sunday hunting opportunities,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto.
Garrett County reported the highest harvest this year with 429 turkeys, followed by Washington County with 426. Rounding out the top five counties were Frederick (332), Charles (320) and Dorchester (303). Wild turkey populations are at all-time highs in some areas, with record harvests reported in eight counties this year.
Caroline County hunters harvested 149 turkeys, Kent County 174, Queen Anne’s 160, and Talbot 94.
Hunters in 10 counties were able to hunt on Sundays this year, resulting in a harvest of 337 turkeys.
Youth hunters kicked-off the spring turkey season with the Junior Turkey Hunt April 15 statewide and April 16 in select counties, reporting 230 wild turkeys har vested. The season ended May 23.
* * * Fishing report Out on the upper Chesapeake Bay, striped bass are biting drifted live eels around the deeper channel spots around Pooles Island. Chummers are finding action at Swan Point. Trollers are finding a few fish along the 30-foot channel contours by pulling umbrella rigs with bucktail or swim-shad trailers. Love Point and Podickory Point continue to be good places to target. Rockfish can also be found at the Sewer Pipe and Bay Bridge pylons by slow trolling close to the bottom, by jigging, and chumming.
The middle bay region is offering some of the better striped bass fishing these
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