MD DNR Fisheries biologist Tim Grove sent in this report from the southern region.
Summer is in full swing here in southern Maryland and water temperatures are in the low to mid 80’s. Despite the warm temperatures, fish have been hungry. Anglers competing in bass tournaments on the Potomac River have had successful catches. This past weekend, the Professional Veterans held their annual tournament at Smallwood State Park. They fished through the heat and heavy rain storms but, landed several hundred bass and a few snakeheads between them. The veterans had a good time testing their angling skills. Seeing these brave men and women made me thankful for the sacrifices they have made. Many of them had suffered severe wounds and/or loss of limbs during their service. If you know or see a vet, consider thanking them for their service to our country.
Southern region personnel participated in a hook and line survey in the Potomac. We collected about a dozen bass and a few other species during our efforts. A couple of snakehead were also observed in the grass beds, but were not willing to accept our lures.
If you are looking for a fun place to take a child fishing during these “dog days” of summer, look at the spillways of some of your local ponds and lakes. Several species of fish tend to gravitate to these areas, especially the deeper plunge pools where the water is a little cooler and more oxygenated. Take a container of night crawlers and some number 6 or 8 hooks and try it. Some fish might be small, but a fish is a fish to small children when the fishing is difficult in other areas.