On the Wild Side!
E-Newsletter for the Chesapeake Bay Field Office


Summer Is Great for Boating and Fishing!

Fishing at Occoquon Bay NWR. Photo by Robert H Pos
Fishing at Occoquon Bay NWR. Photo by Robert H Pos

It’s incredible the variety of fish that can be caught around the Chesapeake Bay. Creeks, rivers and the Bay all support different types of fishing, one that is sure to fit anyone.

It's nice to troll on the lower Chesapeake and come back with a beautiful 34-inch rockfish. But a day fly-fishing for trout at a "secret spot" can be just as rewarding.

This sport isn’t just versatile, it’s also valuable. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors a National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation every 5 years. The most-recent survey, conducted in 2006, reported more than 30 million U.S. residents 16 years or older went fishing.

These anglers spent $17.9 billion for fishing trips, $18.8 billion on equipment, and $5.4 billion for licenses, stamps, tags, land leasing and ownership, membership dues and contributions, and magazines

There are responsibilities that go along with fishing and boating. Follow your local fishing and boating regulations. Keep only fish you will eat and properly release the rest. Never leave trash. Use fish cleaning stations and dispose of fish waste properly.

Fishing Conococheague creek. Photo by Chris Guy, USFWS
Photo of a man fishing Conococheague Creek. USFWS photo.

Boaters and anglers can unknowingly transport aquatic plants and animals from one place to another where they can become a problem. Never release unwanted animals or plants into a waterway. Always dispose of unused bait (live or dead) into trash bin on land.

If you trailer your boat remove any aquatic hitchhikers from your trailer, boat bottom, propeller or anchor before going to another area. Fly fishers should do the same with boots and waders.

For more information fishing and boating, contact:
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation at 703/519-0013
To order a Public Access Guide-Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River, & Tidal tributaries, or call (800) YOUR-BAY


Last updated: June 23, 2011