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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – February 9th, 2018

(somewhat) Breaking News! On February 7th, during their Winter meetings in Arlington, Virginia, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved the Maryland DNR’s request for tweaks to the rules and regulations regarding resident Rockfish. DNR requested that there be a 19″ minimum size requirement during all or part of the summer/fall months, or year round in conjunction with a mandatory circle hook requirement for recreational bait fishermen. The two Rockfish per person will remain the same with 1 allowed over 28″. What does this mean? Well, it’s good news for Rockfish and Anglers alike. The use of circle hooks make lip-hooking fish nearly and automatic process. Circle hooks are design to work like this: the fish takes the bait and starts to swim away then the circle hook starts to slide inside the fish’s mouth until it hits something (typically the lip or side of the mouth) and hooks itself. Virtually no effort is needed from the Angler to set the hook when fishing with a circle hook. Just a slight amount of pressure or just simply lifting the rod tip up will “set” the hook. Having a 19″ minimum size requirement (a 1″ reduction from last year) will hopefully make the 2 rockfish limit per person much easier to accomplish. This would, in theory, require the Angler to land less fish to get to that size requirement and reducing the number of release mortalities. February 9th Fishing Report Perch (White & Yellow) Not much has changed from last

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – February 2nd, 2018

 Yellow Perch We’ve had reports of more and more people catching Yellow Perch in/around the Annapolis area. Some of the more productive spots have been further south near Waysons Corner, Beachwood Park in the Magothy River, Greys Run in the Bush River and in Perryville in the Susquehanna River. Anglers are catching decent size Yellows, just not in great numbers yet. As we start to see the temps rise a bit, we’ll start to really see them in numbers. Some of the best techniques to catch Yellows are with tandem shad dart rigs tipped with live bait such as little to medium sized minnows, grass shrimp or blood worms. You can fish this rig near structure or deeper drops with hard bottom. You’ll want to cast it out and slow jig/retrieve it back to you. Bites commonly come on the fall, so be ready! Another popular technique is the cold water tested “Float-n-fly” technique. This is where you fish a shad dart under a float or slip bobber. It’s important to know the depth of the water you’re fishing as well as where in the water column the fish are suspended. Another good bait to try is the straight tail Bass Assasins on the 1/16th or 1/32nd VMC Hot Skirt jigs. Pickerel Pickerel are being caught in many of the same areas you’ll find the Perch. Locally we’re finding them in the Magothy River, Tuckahoe Creek, Unicorn Lake and Hillsboro. There have been some nice 23″-24″ Pickerel caught in the

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – December 22nd, 2017

Rockfish season over, plenty of fish still being caught! Winter is officially here and with that, the Rockfish season came to a close. The end of the season came with a flurry of big fish being caught locally and further south. Areas like the Eastern Bay, Bloody Point and Thomas Point have all been on fire over the last couple weeks. Trolling and light tackle jigging have both been producing fish this past week. We heard reports of good fish being caught around the Bay Bridge pilings as well as further south near Thomas Point Light. Rockfish The keeper season may be over, but fishing for Rockfish is really hot. Many anglers are landing quality migratory fish between the Bay Bridge and Poplar Island on both eastern and western sides of the Bay. Trolling and light tackle jigging are working the best right now. Anglers jigging for Rockfish are having success with larger profile lures like a 2oz. jig head with a 10″ BKD trailer. Areas like the warm water discharges near Calvert Cliffs make for fun fishing for giant Rockfish. Some other hot spots this past week were down south near buoy 72, the mouth of the Potomac and Point Lookout. Yellow/White Perch Perch fishing this past week really started to heat up. These fish are starting to be caught more and more in the local rivers as opposed to in the main stem of the Bay. As winter settles in, you will find more and more of them

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – December 15th, 2017

Rockfish bite is still hot! Over the past week we’ve seen the bite continue to be hot, especially in the lower bay area. With the keeper season coming to a close on the 20th, this last weekend looks to be a good time to get out there. We’ve seen big fish being caught in this middle bay area, just not in the same numbers we’re seeing further south.  Rockfish Trolling With the water temps averaging in the low to mid 40ºs in the main stem of the Bay, fish are going to be schooled up in deeper water. With that, the easiest and most efficient way to locate/catch these fish is going to be trolling. Trolling heavier tandems, large Crippled Alewife Spoons & bigger shads on umbrellas. Hot colors right now have been chartreuse, white and natural colors like opening night. Good areas to start out would be in 40′ of water near steep channel ledges. Channel ledges from the Bay Bridge south to buoy 72. Some of the better spots this past week were Thomas Point, Bloody Point & the mouth of the Eastern Bay. Further south in the Bay, areas like Breezy Point and the mouth of the Potomac River have been producing nice fish as well. Jigging This time of year, size matters. These large migratory fish are hugging the bottom looking for a nice large easy meal. You’ll want to use at least a 1.5oz-2oz. jig head with a 6″ or larger soft plastic trailer.

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – December 8th, 2017

Hot Fishing in Cold Weather The first week of December has been one of the best weeks of fishing all year! We’ve seen big fish caught in numbers all over the Bay. If you haven’t winterized your boat yet, we would suggest you get out over the next few days and try your hand at landing a giant. Although Jack Frost is knocking on the door, fishing has been hot all week.    Rockfish Jigging Jigging the Bay this past week has been very productive. Once you locate the fish, it seems as if jigging has been the best way to land a fish of a lifetime. A good majority of the better class of fish has been further south in the Bay. The area from Solomons Island south to the VA state line seemed to have the most concentrated population of Rockfish. Anglers were able to find breaking fish and bombing birds and really land some giants on light tackle. Even though good concentrations of fish were found further south in the Bay, a few anglers had one of the best days on the Bay just south of the Bay Bridge. Shawn Kimbro, author of “The Right Stuff” and “Chesapeake Light Tackle” and a few of his friends caught several 45″+ rockfish jigging just south of the Bay Bridge. Kimbro is a local legend and knows more about fishing in this area than most. You can learn more about him, his books and his adventures by heading over

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – December 1st, 2017

December 1st, 2017 Welcome to December Folks! Wow, time sure does fly when you’re having fun. We have a couple more weeks left in the Rockfish season (season closes the 20th of December) but there is still good fishing going on! Lots of running and gunning over the last week but once you find them, the bite has been hot.  Rockfish One of the best areas to start looking for Rockfish is the Bay Bridge pilings. They hold fish all year long, just not always the biggest fish. The best techniques to use there are 1) trolling 2) jigging and 3) live-lining eel. The deeper water, the better. Focus on the 35′-50′ areas near channel edges and deep drop-offs. Another productive spot over the past week has been the Conowingo Dam down to the mouth of the Susquehanna River. Anglers using jigs and sub-surface plugs have been pulling up keepers there. We’ve heard good things from anglers fishing from shore in the Susquehanna State Park as well. Further south in this region, the channel edge from Matapeake Pier down to Bloody Point has also been productive. We’ve had reports of schools of breaking fish upwards of 30″+ in 40′ of water. Some of the other productive areas have been the mouth of Eastern Bay, Tolly’s Bar, Calvert Cliffs (power plants) and even further south near Point Lookout. Shore Fishing In this general area some of the better places to catch Rockfish from shore have been Sandy Point, Jonas Green

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 27th, 2017

Welcome to another report folks! We hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend full of family and friends. Fishing over the past week has been great for those who are braving the cooler weather. Grab some windproof cold weather gear and you’ll be able to stay out all day and catch plenty of fish! Rockfish This past week was a good week for catching Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. The better fishing was further south near the Point Lookout area but we saw fish being caught all over the place in a variety of ways. Trolling Trolling this week was strong along the channel edges outside the mouths of the rivers in the Middle Bay area. Anglers had success with deep tandem rigs in 35’+ of water. 6oz to 8oz tandems worked well with chartreuse or white shads. Bottom bouncing chartreuse or white 1oz. bucktails was also really productive this week. Some of the better areas were outside of the Magothy River, Love Point or the mouth of the Eastern Bay. Jigging It seemed that Jigging was the most productive way to catch Stripers this week. 1oz-1.5oz jig heads with 6″ natural color trailers worked well especially in deeper water near the channel edges. The Bay Bridge produced quite a few fish however most of those were throwbacks. The best quality fish was found further south near Point Lookout and a few of those hit the 40″ mark. The best way to locate fish right now is by

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 17th, 2017

Your weekly fishing report for the Chesapeake Bay~ Rockfish Over the last week we’ve had a decent cold front come through which shut the bite down for a couple days. The front dropped main bay water temps down to the high 40ºs in the upper bay and the low 50ºs in the lower bay. With that, many of the better quality fish have been caught in the southern bay area near Solomons, Point Lookout and the Hoopers Island area. In the middle bay area, we’ve seen the best fishing between the Magothy River and the Chester River. Trolling Trolling in the middle bay area has produced not only the most fish over the last week, but the best quality fish as well. Anglers trolling the Addiction Baits 6oz (4oz/2oz) tandem Purple head/White Shad rig had good success. Areas like the mouths of the Magothy and Chester rivers as well as the Eastern Bay area. One thing we’d like to suggest this week is GO BIG! Over the last couple days we’ve had anglers report fish over 40″+ so the 9″ baits can start to come out! Topwater Overall, topwater has been relatively slow going this year. One of the better areas that is still producing some decent topwater action would be in the Patapsco near the Key Bridge and the Inner Harbor. Anglers in 5′-10′ of water near submerged structure in the Magothy, 7ft Knoll, and even in the Eastern Bay near Poplar Island have all had success. Try using

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 10th, 2017

Striped Bass Trolling for fall Rockfish has been extremely productive over the last week. Fishermen have been reporting large fish and numbers of fish all the way from the mouth of the Magothy River, south to 83A and virtually every channel edge/river mouth in between. Topwater fishing has also been productive in 10′ or less of water in many spots in the Bay this past week. The Narrows, North Point State Park and a few of the other parks in the Annapolis area have all produced fish with surface plugs or sub surface baits. Productive areas have been in 35 to 45 feet of water, trolling deep white umbrellas and tandems. Many anglers have started to run planer boards as well, trolling a typical fall/winter spread of anywhere from 10 to 25 rods. They have been using a variety of tandems and single baits, which have been producing some decent fish upwards of 40 inches while most remain in the schoolie range of 24 to 30 inches. The Bay Bridge has been hot the last few days using live eels along pilings at the start of an ebb tide. As far as a jig bite goes, if you can get soft plastics down to where the fish are at off the channel ledges, you can produce a very nice grade of fish with ¾ to 1 oz jig heads and 7 inch Bust ‘Em Baits and Bass Assassins. As far as a bait bite goes, Hackett’s and Tolly’s Points have remained

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 3rd, 2017

Striped Bass The fall pattern continues to present itself as we are getting more and more reports of fish over 28″ being caught all over the place. While most of these fish are on the move out of the rivers and staging to head to their wintering grounds, the mouths of the rivers have been red hot! The Magothy River has been particularly productive on light tackle jigging and trolling. Anglers in 30′ to 35′ of water have found schools of hefty fall stripers moving through. If you want to try your hand at some light tackle jigging, grab some 3/4 oz Hard Head Custom Baits jig heads in candy corn or chartreuse. Use these along with some 7-inch Striper Snipers, Bass Assassins or Bust ‘Em Baits in a vibrant color. There are ALWAYS fish around the Bay Bridge throughout the year with some bigger fish in the mid 30’s being pulled off around the eastern rock pile and pilings in deeper 35′-45′ of water. With the weather changing over to cooler/rainier days, we’ll start to see the migratory stripers moving south from Jersey.   While the hope is that we will see some fall cows within the next couple weeks, unless a severe cold front comes through up north pushing bait south, don’t expect those 50″ fish just yet! Although anything’s possible! As far as trolling goes, small boat spreads of six to nine rods have been killing it either trolling white double drop umbrellas 6-8 bars back on 8 to 12 oz

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