Friday, May 2, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, Susqehanna Flats

Well, as many of you know this Spring's catch and release season on the Susquehanna Flats never developed into much.  The conditions were poor most of April due to high turbid water flows and relentless wind.  This did not allow for fishing much of the month.

There were a few highlights from the month as we had a gap of about 5 days or so when we had some clean water and could get some fishing in.  We did land some nice fish to just shy of 40" while casting mostly light spinning tackle.  The fish we landed took a variety of lures form jigs to jerkbaits and a few on spoons.  The action was short lived as heavy rains washed out the upper bay and local stream early this week.  And that was pretty much that.

There may be a chance at some fishing on the flats after the May 16 opener for catch and keep fishing. Water temps are still much lower than an average Spring, and there may be some decent fish that stick around.

I am going to keep the boat in the Havre de Grace area through mid-May to see how the fishing progresses.  I will then begin my annual trip south on the Bay and on to the Maryland coast.  We will be fishing for stripers ot of Kent Island, Speckled trout and Redfish out of Crisfield, MD and will fish most of the summer form Ocean City, MD.

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