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Maryland stripers

The Chesapeake Bay Rockfish

A reciprocal license agreement between Virginia and Maryland allows anglers with a license from either state to fish anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Northern Neck, sandwiched between the Potomac River to the north and the Rappahannock River to the south, the Northern Neck offers a multitude of fish habitat and species to choose from throughout the summer. The Chesapeake bay hotspots farther south that enjoy higher salinity and longer seasons. Summer and early fall, however, is prime fishing time for anglers farther north. Striped bass (Rockfish) -- arguably the most popular game fish in the entire Chesapeake Bay.

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The rockfish is king -- the official Maryland state fish. Trolling is usually the weapon of choice.

Striper fishermen enjoy success trolling bucktails, spoons and plugs, as well as soft-plastic shad imitations behind umbrella rigs. Unless fish are visible and feeding on the surface, most anglers will troll along dropoffs, especially the edge of the shipping channel. Although larger fish are typically caught trolling, chumming will produce higher numbers. Drop anchor upcurrent from the target zone along a channel edge or other structure and set up a chum slick of ground menhaden (aka pogie- moss bunker). Menhaden is also the hook bait of choice, but there are times when stripers prefer clams, so it's best to have both baits available.

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67 lbs., 8 oz Devin Nolan 05/13/95 Bloody Point

New Striped Bass Regulations
Anglers may not possess striped bass while fishing between midnight and 5 am. No eels may be used as bait during this season.
Maryland DNR Boating Access Guide
Ocean City Inshore (Chincoteague, VA to Fenwick Island)
Located a 140 miles from Baltimore

Ocean City is bordered on both sides by water -- the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Assawoman Bay on the west (making it possible to see both the sunrise and sunset). The town extends from the Inlet at the southern end of the boardwalk to the Maryland-Delaware state line at 146th Street. It is estimated that more than eight million vacationers pass through Ocean City throughout the year -- making it the second largest city (after Baltimore) in Maryland at the height of the season. Ocean City's main attraction is its boardwalk , a 2.9-mile stretch The inshore waters adjoining Maryland's Atlantic coast are rich with marine life and offer some of saltwater's finest fishing.

Ocean City Offshore (Chincoteatgue, VA to Cape May, NJ)
Shore angling opportunities abound in this resort community. Small craft are able to maneuver and take advantage of everything this quality saltwater has to offer.

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Chesapeake Bay

A.P photo 2002 Middle Chesapeake Bay (Pocomoke Sound to Patuxent River)
Depending on the season anglers can expect to catch a wide variety of fish, including striped bass 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. Sandy Point State Park Map
Sandy point state park features
Sandy Point Boating access

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Freshwater Maryland Striped Bass

Allegany & Garrett Counties
For special questions about these areas, call 301-334-8218.
Washington D.C.

Washington, Frederick & Carroll Counties
For special questions about these areas, call 301-898-9724. Patapsco River -
Located in Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard Counties. Fish species include smallmouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish , hickory shad, American shad , and rainbow trout.
Patapsco Valley State Park

Piney Run Resovior

- Located in Sykesville, Carroll Co. Fish species include largemouth bass, redear sunfish, striped bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, tiger muskie, and yellow perch. 300 acres; 410-795-3274.
Liberty Resovoir
- Carroll - Baltimore Co., NE of Sykesville; from Rt. 26, turn N on Oakland Mill Rd; largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch,white perch, bluegill sunfish, carp, rainbow and brown trout. For boat permits and information call 410-795-6150. Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore,
Harford Counties & Baltimore City
For special questions about these areas, call 410-442-2080

Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties
For Information call 301-888-2423
Potamac River and Tributaries

- (A Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required to fish in the Potomac and it's tributaries up to their freshwater dividing lines.) Mattawoman Creek lies in the W part of Charles Co., above the bridge on MD Rt. 225 (Freshwater Fishing License is required); Piscataway Creek runs through SE Prince George's Co. near Clinton, above Livingston Rd, (Freshwater Fishing License is required); largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, crappie, channel catfish, yellow and white perch, bluegill sunfish and carp are found in tributaries and in the Potomac River. Annapolis
Route 50 to the north, Forest Drive to the west, Edgewood Road to the southeast and the Severn River to the northeast
Boating on the Severn Public Access
ZIP codes:
21401-21405, 21411 and 21412

Note: The next two areas are for trophy largemouth bass. (Perhaps of interest to striper Fishermen)

Wheatley Lake
- In Charles Co. in Gilbert Run Park, E of LaPlata off LaPlata-New Market Rd., (Rt. 6); largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish; (Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); 75 acres. For info - 301-934-9305. St. Mary's Lake - 250 acres in St. Mary's River Park, Rt. 5 W of Lexington Park and Callaway; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. (Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); State Park. For info - 301-872-5688. Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset & Worcester
For Information call 410-827-6245 Transquaking River - Dorchester Co.; largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, crappie, channel catfish, yellow and white perch, bluegill, and carp. For information - 410-228-2920.
Catchin' Chesapeake Rockfish (Catchin' Chesapeake Rockfish, Volume 1)

Note: For Freshwater Fisheries questions, please call 410-260-8320.
Information courtesy of Freshwater Fisheries Biologists, MD DNR Freshwater Fisheries Service.

Courtesy of Maryland DNR

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