A recent trip to the fishing tackle section of a large discount store showed a lot of empty space on the shelves. Everyone is excited about getting out and enjoying the outdoors safely and fishing seems to be at the top of the list. Children are perhaps the most anxious to get outside, and taking them fishing is a wonderful thing to share together.
Check the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website for the latest updates on expanded opportunities for outdoor exercise and recreation in Maryland.
DNR is now offering appointments at most licensing and registration centers. Appointments can be scheduled online.
Also, our striped bass fishing advisory forecast begins this week, providing a seven-day outlook to help anglers reduce striped bass mortality during the summer fishing season.
Striped Bass advisory for June 17 to June 23 showing green flag days Wednesday through Sunday, yellow flags for Monday and Tuesday
Forecast Summary: June 17-23:
Expect warm, partly cloudy days with chances of daily thunderstorms. Main Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have dropped slightly to the low 70s but will rise the next week. Some of the deeper waters from Swan Point to Bloody Point are starting to show unsuitable oxygen conditions for fish. For information on Maryland’s main bay oxygen conditions, see the latest hypoxia report on the department’s website.
With rivers approaching the mid-70s, any striped bass remaining in the spawning rivers will begin to move to cooler river mouths or the main bay. 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 water less than 20 feet deep. Adult spot continue moving towards the upper 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 on the western shore from Back River down to Parker’s Creek. Other algal-related reductions in water clarity can be found in the mouth of the Chester River, the upper Patuxent, and the mouth of Eastern Bay. In addition, expect poorer-than-normal water clarity from Cobb Island down to Coles Point. To see the latest water clarity conditions on NOAA satellite maps, check our Eyes on the Bay satellite maps.
Expect normal flows all week from most of Maryland’s rivers and streams. However, there may be elevated flows in some streams due the predicted thunderstorms for the upcoming week. There will be above average tidal currents all week as a result of the new moon June 21.
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.