Christian Gruber managed to spend some time fishing for largemouth bass in a local pond — and came up big with this 23-inch largemouth bass that he released after a quick picture. Photo courtesy of Kirk Groves There has been some striped bass action around the inlet and the Route 90 Bridge. Casting swimshads and soft plastic jigs is a favorite way to fish for them. Most fail to reach the 28-inch minimum length but offer some fun catch-and-release action. After almost a week of fierce winds, the ocean laid down a bit to allow charter and party boats to head out of the inlet and venture out to the offshore wreck and reef sites. Boat limits are common and some beautiful sea bass are being caught. Some of the charter fleet from Ocean city took the long ride south to the Norfolk Canyon where they found yellowfin tuna. Perhaps some of those yellowfin will reach the canyon areas closer to Ocean City by the weekend. “There is only one theory about angling in which I have perfect confidence and that is that the two words, least appropriate to any statement, about it, are the words ‘always’ and ‘never’” — Lord Grey of Fallodon, 1899

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The annual winter blue crab survey in the Chesapeake Bay guides crab management in the Bay and its tributaries. Dave Harp

Chesapeake crab population shows resiliency just in time for ‘price war’

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Braden Walsh is all smiles with the first golden trout that he caught last weekend. Photo by Gary Soukup

Maryland Fishing Report for the week of May 22, 2020

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Biologists set up a seine net to survey fish in the Potomac River above the fall line. The annual survey has been taking place since 1975. Courtesy of John Mullican

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