- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2003

Yesterday’s windy conditions brought a temporary halt to the great offshore fishing that was enjoyed earlier this week in the Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to North Carolina. Excellent numbers of tunas and wahoos had turned many offshore outings into memorable angling adventures, and some of them will continue.

In the Chesapeake Bay, the chumming that was curtailed by powerful winds yesterday now probably will continue as striped bass and bluefish are found from the middle areas of Maryland’s portion of the bay well into Virginia. As the water cools in the weeks to come, the chumming will slowly stop and be replaced by the trolling of large spoons or parachute bucktails because large stripers are expected to travel up the bay. The catches will continue well into December.

Locally, the tidal Potomac River’s bass fishing can be quite good one day and absolutely horrendous the next. For example, an area that produced 27 bass in one morning for a friend over the past weekend delivered only one fish two days later. Go figure. However, bass, crappies, perch and increasing numbers of river rockfish can be found in the tidal Potomac and Rappahannock rivers if you work at it, with the lower Patuxent River giving up stripers and white perch.

Fall trout stockings are under way in Maryland. Crews are busy getting tens of thousands of trout into streams, lakes and ponds. The wet summer has resulted in the state’s streams being in excellent condition for this stocking. Rainbow trout that are deposited into public waters can average 15 inches in length, says Martin Gary of the DNR. In fact, some trout weigh more than 5 pounds. All the stocking should be complete by the end of next week.

Most of the waters the trout have been placed in are designated as “Put-and-Take” areas which allow anglers to keep five per day. Others are delayed harvest waters and are governed by the statewide trout regulations. Anglers should check the Maryland Sportsfishing Guide for regulations that apply. For a complete listing of the stockings to date, visit www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fall_stocking.

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