There is a special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, and some children are lucky enough to have a grandpa or grandma to take them fishing. Lothar Weber recently took his 5 year old grandson Dexter trout fishing near Little Falls. Grandpa brought his fly fishing outfit, Dexter dug up his mom’s garden to collect some worms for bait. The results of their trout fishing trip together was described as: Dexter 5, trout and Grandpa 0.
Two more license-free fishing days are scheduled this year on June 8 and July 4. These are perfect opportunities to get someone started on their own fishing adventures!
Chesapeake Bay waters will continue to slowly warm, with mostly cloudy conditions and expected daytime air temperatures in the low to mid 80s and night temperatures in the high 60s. Expect a slight cooling with rains likely early next week. Salinities are still running very low for this time of year — about 10 ppt — near the Virginia state line. In most Maryland bay waters, anglers will find adequate oxygen for gamefish from the surface to bottom. To avoid low oxygen conditions in the deep channel waters from the Bay Bridge down to the state line, avoid fishing deeper than 25 feet. On the east side of the Bay Bridge, near the mouth of the Little Choptank River and Ragged Point, avoid fishing below 15 feet. To see oxygen levels by depth, check our “Don’t fish below this depth” map.
Bay water temperatures have mostly remained stable this week for the upper bay but have slowly increased in the lower bay. For the middle-to-upper bay — from Annapolis north — water temperatures are holding at the low to mid 70s. For the middle-to-lower bay, surface water is holding at the low to mid 70s while the bottom temperatures are stable in the mid-60s. Choptank area water temperatures are rising to the upper 70s. For the Potomac River, at Little Falls and Point Lookout, surface water temperatures also have risen to the upper 70s. Check online for our map of water temperatures by depth.
Expect decent water clarity on Maryland’s portion of the bay mainstem. However, algal blooms are beginning to appear in the upper Patuxent as well as the Bush, Gunpowder, Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers so water clarity is likely to decrease. Expect normal flows from Maryland’s rivers and streams this week. There will be above average tidal currents through Saturday as a result of the recent new moon June 3.
Recreational crabbing is moving along at a steady pace with catches improving. Most report that the bulk of the heavier crabs are 5 inches to 5 1/4 inches, with larger 6-inch or better crabs being light. Hopefully those larger crabs will gain some weight in the next week or so. There are a lot small crabs chewing up baits which despite the loss of bait, hold good promise for late-season crabs.
The lower Eastern Shore creeks and tidal rivers have been offering the best catches with a full bushel per outing when trot lining. The middle bay region area catches have been averaging around a half-bushel per outing. Water depths of 5 feet to 10 feet seem to be the sweet spot when laying out trotlines or collapsible crab traps.