Bringing the Bay Home: Smallmouth Bass, Fish Handling, and a Summer Bucket List


Jon Clarke

Our weekly roundup of engaging, educational, and inspirational Bay content to enjoy at home during the age of COVID-19.

Find out where smallmouth bass are making a comeback in some Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Track progress toward science-based management of the Bay’s menhaden fishery. Watch CBF’s Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers explain the science behind fish kills and what we can do to reduce them. Learn how to increase fish survival rates  by using catch and release best practices. And finish your summer strong with our Bay Bucket List of fun ways to experience the watershed.

Bass Comeback

After years of struggling with pollution and disease, some populations of smallmouth bass in Chesapeake Bay tributaries are making a slow recovery. Learn what environmental and human factors have contributed to deaths of young and old “bronzebacks” for more than a decade and how they’re doing now in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Menhaden Milestones

For more than 25 years, CBF has worked with partners toward a healthy menhaden population in the Chesapeake Bay to protect its key role in the food chain. Follow a timeline of menhaden milestones to find out how far we’ve come (including two big wins this year) to ensure science-based management of this critical fish.

Mastering the Catch

Heading out with a fishing rod for some summer fun? Remember to use these best practices for catch and release to help increase survival rates for fish. You can even download a PDF to print and take with you for reference.

Video: What Is a Fish Kill?

Why do dozens, hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of fish wash ashore dead? What types of environmental factors can cause these mass die-offs? How can we prevent them from happening? Join CBF's Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers as he explains the science behind fish kills and how we can reduce them with environmental improvements.

Bay Bucket List

Summer 2020 wasn’t what any of us expected, but there are still plenty of ways to get out and explore the watershed. We reached out to our social media community to create an inspiring Bay Bucket List. One recurring theme? Helping support watermen and fishing communities by enjoying local seafood.

What You Can Do


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