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Maryland’s Smallwood State Park to Host Fishing Event on June 2, 2012

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On June 2, 2012, Maryland's Smallwood State Park in Marbury is expected to host a Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League event. The fishing tournament is open to recreational anglers and a prize purse valued at over $5,000 is on the line. Here are a few more details:

Fishing Tournament Basics

The fishing tournament is expected to take place at the Smallwood State Park on June 2, 2012 from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those interested in vying for the top prize will need to pre-register and remit either a $100 co-angler or $200 boater's entry fee. Registration is scheduled to take place on June 1, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the La Plata Wal-Mart located on Drury Drive. The registration period will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. mandatory anglers' meeting at the same location. During the fishing tournament, anglers must abide by a five fish catch limit as well as a 15 inch size limit on all species of bass. Boaters must also be in possession of a D.C. boating license.

Boating and Camping Resources

Smallwood State Park is home to the Sweden Point Marina. The marina offers anglers superlative access to the Mattawoman Creek tributary. The tributary is roughly 1 mile from the Potomac River. The marina also features boat slips, boat ramps, pump-out services, bait and tackle. Camping is available onsite as well. Nightly campsite rates tend to start at $22 per site.

Fishing Forecast for Mattawoman Creek Area

Since late May 2012, daytime air temperatures around Mattawoman Creek have been in the 80s and evening temperatures have dipped down into the 50s (Fahrenheit). The current fishing tournament forecast is calling for a waxing gibbous moon, daytime air temperatures in the high 80s (Fahrenheit), clear skies and 9 mile per hour winds coming in out of the south. Anglers should look for sunrise to occur around 5:46 a.m.

Surface water temperatures on the Potomac River have been in the 70s and are anticipated to remain that way during the tournament. High tide is expected to occur at Mattawoman Creek around 5:12 a.m. (2.1 feet) and low tide (0.1 feet) is anticipated to occur at 12:21 p.m. Both hydrographic and bathymetric maps of the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek are available on the NOAA website.

The bass are believed to be in a post-spawn mode. Anglers may want to consider targeting around the water stargrass mats, flats, submerged timber and structures. Dark green, topwater lures as well as double blade spinners and crankbaits should prove to be productive in spots.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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