Photo--Talking Flies with Lefty Kreh, Casco Bay Maine, 2010
Atlantic Coast Striped Bass Population Remains Healthy
Annapolis, Md. (October 18, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2010 Young of the Year Striped Bass
Survey is 5.6, below the long-term average of 11.6. While this is the third consecutive
year of below average striped bass production in Maryland’s portion of the
Chesapeake Bay, the population remains above the management action trigger set by
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Likewise, the number of
adults in the Atlantic coast population and levels of fishing are well within healthy
limits as set by the ASMFC management framework.
DNR biologists point out that variation in annual spawning success is normal because
striped bass reproduction is influenced by many factors including water temperature,
winter snowfall, spring flow rates, and prevailing weather conditions.
”We are carefully monitoring the juvenile striped bass situation,” said Thomas
O’Connell, Director of DNR’s Fisheries Service. “As stewards of the primary nursery
area for Atlantic striped bass, it is our responsibility to protect this essential habitat
and work with our state and federal partners along the Atlantic coast to ensure that
spawning striped bass are adequately protected, and ASMFC management
benchmarks continue to be achieved.”
Looks like I will keep fishing the style I do, finding hard to feed fish on the flats, those bird chasers will have one hell of a gas bill over the next few years until we get a good spawn and some little fish back in to the system!!!
Monday, October 4, 2010
About the photo- I moved my anglers for a day with a better wind forcast, with Small Craft warnings out of the North East- normal these are tough days on Casco Bays flats. I ran into Capt John Ford and we decided to take a look round some of the flats at dead low to see how skinny the fish where holding, this fish came today Monday the 4 of October in about 2 ft of water.. I am really looking forward to some light wind days, there are plenty of fish still around!!!
A first light run and 36 degree air was a shock to my system!!! and you could feel the bass are starting to really feel the migratory motivation, but there a few tricks mother nature is playing here on the fish, the water temps are about 3-5 degree up from average around the bay and second is the dropout of the small Blue Back Herring that entered the river 3-4 weeks late this year. The fish that have stayed around are pretty happy they have Lot's of food but whats a little more impressive is that fresh fish are still showing into the lower kennebec stopping by there and Casco Bay for a look around, for some reason we have had a bunch of 17-20 inch bass show up over the last few weeks, is it the winds from the storms that pushed them from offshore are they dropout from the Kennebec? I did not here of many small bass up there this year either, anyhow it has been good to see and gives you hope if we team up as anglers, the fish want to overcome the shitty management of this fishery!!!
Overall I think we have some of the best fishing in front of us over the next ten days or so, some big tides are coming this weekend and the weather is forcast to be a little more stable for the long range. Temps at night are going to come up a little and that should hold the water temp with the sunny days ahead, the bait really moved on Fridays rain event and the fish we are finding are pretty snappy, On a afternoon incoming tides we where able to find some sun yesterday and feed some nice fish on the sand flats on the outer islands, hoping for the same today!!!! I have some great tide open for striper fishing that I was heisted on booking due to not knowing how well the fishing and weather was going to hold. On the carp front we have some real good shots and have come tight to a few large fish over the last few weeks, winds have slowed our efforts
but I am really looking forward to a few tides coming up for some more tidal carp, also have to let the duck hunter blast the first few days of there season away- I guided the Kennebec Pro AM and their was only two stripers caught for the total tournament but we saw 8 carp roll go figure.. Call for opening if you are looking to give this a try or to get in on some pretty good fall stripers fishing....207-671-4330
And just like that,,,, They are here, not in number and still spotty but the baits and small schoolies are starting to show, check back ...
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