Susquehanna Flats

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

DSC_9783

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

DSC_9787

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.

DSC_9794

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

DSC_9814

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.

DSC_9816

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

DSC_9817

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.

DSC_9818

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

DSC_9819

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.

DSC_9820

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

DSC_9863

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

DSC_9869

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.

http://www.bayjournal.com/article/comeback_of_susquehanna_flats_grasses_hints_of_sunny_future

 

 

Advertisements