The recent cold front that has descended on Maryland seems like a knock on the door for what is coming. There are still plenty of wonderful fishing opportunities to be had — always be safe and make sure to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while out on the water.
Forecast Summary: November 18 – 24:
Expect a windy week, with a slight warming period through Sunday, then cooling conditions for the rest of the week. Surface water temperatures continue to drop as a result of cooling air and fewer daylight hours. Daytime bay water temperatures are holding in the upper 50s. Most fish including striped bass and white perch have moved towards the deeper but warmer waters as they prepare for winter in the river mouths or nearby bay waters. As a result of the below normal flows from the Susquehanna River, main bay salinities are slightly higher than normal. As always, best fishing areas could be further refined by intersecting them with underwater points, hard bottom, drop-offs, and large schools of baitfish.
Expect average flows for most Maryland rivers and streams. There will be above average flows on the Eastern Shore and lower Potomac River. There will be above average tidal currents through Friday as a result of the November 15 new moon.
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