Many dads, daughters, sons, and moms spent a special Father’s Day enjoying time together in that special setting that fishing provides.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a license-free fishing day July 4 — an opportunity to explore Maryland’s diverse and unique fishing experiences without needing a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration.
As we enter Maryland’s warmest months, the department’s online striped bass fishing advisory forecast provides a seven-day outlook to help anglers reduce striped bass mortality during the summer fishing season.
Striped Bass forecast chart showing green fishing days Wednesday through Friday, yellow days Saturday and Sunday, and green days Monday and Tuesday.
Forecast Summary: June 24-30:
Expect sunny skies and warm temperatures all week. Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have jumped to the upper 70s. These warming waters and corresponding low oxygen areas are appearing from Swan Point down to the mouth of the Potomac River. The eastern side of the bay will have unsuitable oxygen conditions for fish in waters deeper than 25 feet.
With river temperatures approaching the mid-70s, striped bass still remaining in the spawning rivers to feed near channel edges and points will begin to move to cooler river mouths or main bay structure. Surface waters are about 4 degrees warmer than bottom waters. White perch have moved out to tidal creek mouths on mud, sand, or clay bottoms near structure in waters less than 25 deep deep. Adult spot continue moving towards the upper Chesapeake Bay mainstem and tributaries in areas with salinities greater than 5 ppt — currently south of the Bay Bridge. Spot will be found on oyster bars, sand, and mud bottom, feeding on benthic worms and small clams.
Expect reduced water clarity from algal blooms near Swan Point and the Severn and Patapsco rivers. On the Potomac River, expect poorer-than-normal water clarity near Colonial Beach. To see the latest water clarity conditions on NOAA satellite maps, check our Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps.
Expect above-normal flows all week from most of Maryland’s rivers and streams as a result of recent and expected thunderstorms. There will be above-average tidal currents through Friday as a result of the June 21 new moon.