Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Striper Fishing
From Havre de Grace, Md., to Norfolk, Va., the Chesapeake Bay's cruising and weekending opportunities abound. The bay's 200 miles touch three states (Maryland, Virginia and Delaware) and its tributaries span 64,000 square miles along the Eastern Seaboard from New York (where you'll find the ancient headwaters of the Susquehanna River) south to the inland bays of the Carolinas.
Striped Bass Spawning : March through May, peak spawning occurs in April when temperatures are 13-20 degrees Celsius. Thats 55° to 68° farenheit
Middle Chesapeake Bay (Pocomoke Sound to Patuxent River)
Depending on the season anglers can expect to catch a wide variety of fish, including the striped bass ( striper - rockfish - linesider )
Upper Chesapeake Bay (Cove Point to Annapolis)
Upper Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis to Susquehanna River)
Nine of the state's 23 major rivers and multiple creeks, flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Not only is there an abundance of freshwater species located in this area but there is a prolific seafood harvest which includes millions of bushels of crab, oysters, clams and eels.
In 1994, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law limiting the number of individuals who can commercially harvest striped bass in tidal waters. Due to increasing fishing effort for striped bass, commercial striped bass authorizations were limited to 1231 individuals. This figure represents the number of individuals that participated in the 1993-1994 commercial striped bass season. Individuals who did not participate, but wish to commercially harvest striped bass, must apply to a waiting list. Currently, there are 422 individuals on this waiting list, and when an authorization becomes available, it is issued to the first person on the list.
As Maryland's smallest county, surrounding Kent maintains pride in its unspoiled rural nature. With 11 local, state and federal parks to choose from, the opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, hunting and nature-watching along the riverbanks and coastline are almost endless.
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