September always holds promise for the outdoor enthusiast, as the cooler nights and days are like a sweet whisper in the ear about wonderful things to come. Recreational crabbing is at the season’s peak as blue crabs are plentiful, large, and heavy. Do not miss venturing out to enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake.
Forecast Summary: Sept. 16 – 22:
The upcoming week will bring cooler days, moderate winds and chance of rain on Friday, continuing to cool Chesapeake Bay waters. Surface water temperatures have cooled to the mid-70s. Recent Department of Natural Resources water monitoring is now showing uniform temperatures from the surface down to the Don’t Fish Below this Depth line in most Maryland bay waters. The only exception is from the Bay Bridge down to the mouth of the Choptank River, where deeper waters are cooler than surface waters. This will result in cool-water preferring fish being able to move more vertically to find suitable oxygen and temperature conditions. This should help improve first light shallow-water fishing conditions when surface water temperatures can be several degrees cooler. For information on Maryland’s bay oxygen conditions, see our latest hypoxia report online.
As a result of below normal flows from the Susquehanna River, upper bay salinities are slightly higher than normal. As always, best fishing areas could be further refined by intersecting these cool, oxygenated areas with underwater points, hard bottom, drop-offs, and large schools of baitfish.
Expect average flows for most Maryland rivers and streams. There will be higher than normal but dropping flows on some of the lower Potomac River and upper Eastern Shore creeks. There will be above average tidal currents all week as a result of the upcoming new moon on Sept. 17. Expect average clarity for Maryland portions of the Bay. To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps.
For more detailed and up-to-date fishing conditions in your area of the bay, be sure to check out Click Before You Cast. Get regular updates on Maryland’s waters sent to your inbox with our Eyes on the Bay newsletter. Sign up online