Susquehanna Flats

My son Jeb and I went fishing this morning to the Susquehanna flats, in Havre de Grace.


This is where the Susquehanna River enters the upper Chesapeake Bay, and the water is considered fresh tidal.


Did you know that Havre de Grace, lost out becoming the Nation’s Capital by just only one vote!

We were fishing the grass lines with tubes and a storm quickly came up on us.  Compare this photo with the next one.  It’s about the same perspective, but we were high-tailing it down river to escape the isolated oncoming torrent.


We both got wet and the storm eventually subsided.  We then went onto the west bank flats, south of the town marina.


We had an expansive grass flat to ourselves.  The combination of wild celery and water star-grass was thick, and we pitched into open pockets with weighted soft plastics.


Our only company was a mature bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) who was patiently watching the grass surface for a fish.


The eagle’s perch was a floating log and because it was low tide the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) was a green mat on the surface.


After a few minutes of all of us fishing, the mighty raptor took off and flew just down river to another floating log.


He allowed us to get within 150-feet of him.  I think he enjoyed the company of fellow fishermen, and he was checking out our techniques.


You never get tired of watching bald eagles in the field.  It’s always special.


The open water patches were crystal clear as the wild celery (Vallisnaria americana) grew as upright curtains through the water.


Only one-week left of summer vacation until Jeb returns to Towson University.  Great morning on the water.  Thanks Jeb.

Remind me to tell you the story of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab in the stained glass of our home parish, St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, Howard County, MD.

The following is a great article on the growth and improvement of the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds at the Susquehanna flats.