There is a lot of exciting news this week for put-and-take trout anglers as the fall trout stocking program has begun. In the Chesapeake Bay, striped bass along with many other species of fish are providing wonderful fishing opportunities — don’t miss it.
Please join us for a Maryland Fishing Roundtable webinar Oct. 15 at noon. We will discuss the ongoing fall trout stocking season with Coldwater Program Manager Marshall Brown. Details for joining the webinar are on the department’s online calendar.
Forecast Summary: Oct. 7 – 13:
The upcoming week will have stable and sunny to partly cloudy conditions, with a chance of rain Sunday through Tuesday, continuing to cool Chesapeake Bay waters. Surface water temperatures are holding in the upper 60s and will continue to cool this week. Turnover has occurred, mixing the bay’s water from surface to bottom and providing adequate oxygen for fish at all depths. This will result in cool-water preferring fish being able move more vertically in many areas and be more scattered until turnover conditions stabilize. As surface waters continue to cool, deeper waters will remain slightly warmer. As a result of the below normal flows from the Susquehanna, upper 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 except for the lower Potomac and in the lower Eastern Shore. In addition, the Susquehanna flows continue to be below normal. There will be above average tidal currents as a result of the upcoming new moon Oct. 17.
To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps.
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