Taking kids fishing during the summer is a rewarding pastime — whether helping them fish for bluegills with a worm and a bobber at a local pond, or as they become more skilled, watching them cast their own lures and land their own fish.
Don’t forget that throughout 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.
Image of Striped Bass 7-day Fishing Advisory, with one green flag day on Thursday; yellow days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and red flag days on Sunday through Tuesday.
Forecast Summary: July 15-21:
Expect warm, sunny skies, a chance of thunderstorms and except for Thursday and Friday, low winds most of the week. Main Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have risen to the mid 80s. Long-term Maryland Department of Natural Resources water monitoring shows that peak water temperatures occur during this part of July. These warm waters and corresponding low oxygen areas are appearing from Swan Point down to the mouth of the Potomac River. For information on Maryland’s mainbay oxygen conditions, see Maryland’s latest hypoxia report.
These hot, calm conditions are warming surface waters and limiting oxygen being recharged to the deeper waters from wind mixing, increasing the chance of algal blooms. This will result in fish remaining at similar locations on cooler river mouths or main bay structure but moving to slightly shallower depths, just above the Don’t Fish Below this Depth line in the coolest water available.
Recent DNR water monitoring indicates that the coolest, oxygenated water in the bay is found in the deeper waters from Pooles Island down to the Virginia state line. The other way to find cooler water is to fish the shallows at first light when surface water temperatures can be several degrees cooler. 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 reduced water clarity from algal blooms along the upper shore including the Susquehanna Flats and Northeast, Elk, Sassafras, Bush, Middle, and Patapsco rivers. Other areas where this may occur include the lower Chester River down to the Bay Bridge as well as the middle Patuxent and Colonial Beach area of the Potomac River.
To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps. There will be above average tidal currents from Thursday through Tuesday as a result of the upcoming new moon July 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.
*********************** Lucy Perez holds up her first northern snakehead and it is a whopper! Photo by Nick Perez