Maryland Fishing Report – March 23 –


Photo by Steve Peperak

Put-and-take trout anglers will have their day this Saturday, March 26, as the traditional opening day kicks off at 5:30 a.m. throughout Maryland. This is a wonderful time for our younger anglers to achieve success in catching some trout, and for adults to share it with them. Maryland Department of Natural Resources hatchery crews and biologists have been working hard to get all of the trout out this week, and we hope you have a wonderful time!

Anyone who needs to register a boat at a DNR regional service center, be advised that you need to make an appointment, which is easy to do online or by calling the service center directly. The same is true at Motor Vehicle Administration offices, if you need to register a trailer. 

Remember you can buy licenses and other services online through the DNR COMPASS portal.

Forecast Summary: March 23 – 29:

The past week’s weather helped warm Chesapeake Bay waters for gamefish including shad and herring which are spawning or preparing to spawn in the next couple of weeks in Maryland rivers and streams. Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have risen to the upper 40s and low 50s. Smaller streams and downwind areas on a sunny day will warm faster and can hold water temperatures in the upper 50s. These areas, where there is also low salinity, will be prime to look for shad and herring on their spawning runs.

Expect above average flows later in the week for most Maryland rivers and stream, as a result of rain midweek. Bay salinities are about normal.  Expect average water clarity in the Bay, with temporarily reduced water clarity for most Maryland rivers following the rains. To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps

There will be above average tidal currents Monday and Tuesday as a result of the upcoming new moon on April 1.

As always, best fishing areas could be further refined by intersecting them with underwater points, hard bottom, drop-offs, and large schools of baitfish. 

For more detailed and up-to-date fishing conditions in your area of the bay, be sure to check out Eyes on the Bay’s Click Before You Cast.

Upper Chesapeake Bay

White perch. Photo by Rich Watts

Reports are that Susquehanna Flats fishing has been slow the past couple of weeks, with only a few male striped bass being caught and released. This may change soon as water temperatures warm, and the countdown begins for large female striped bass to show …….


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