Image: Left: Our Monster Snakehead Hunt Tournament started on Monday! Bao Nguyen had the first weigh in at 10.25 lbs! Center: Catfish are still prevalent in the rivers and perch are moving in. Grant Mays reported catching both in the Severn! Right: Trolling still continues to be a very productive way to catch rockfish in the mid bay area! John Betzel caught this 25 inch-er on an umbrella rig this week!
Rockfish: Water clarity issues in the upper bay meant that the best fishing was down south this week. Good numbers of keeper rockfish are being caught in shallow water using small paddletails around Bloody Point and Poplar Island and further south around Smith Island, Point Lookout and Crisfield. Chesapeake Beach continues to be a great area as well. The mid to upper bay will pick up as the water clears. Try fishing the Seven Foot Knoll or Hodges Bar. Love Point has been slow, but we’ve received some good reports from Hacketts. Trolling is still the most effective way to target rockfish in this area. Troll from the Baltimore Light down to Tollys in 25-35 feet of water. While shore fisherman at Sandy Point and Matapeake Pier are mostly catching catfish, we have seen some nice keeper sized rockfish in the mix! Use fresh alewife or soft crab!
Speckled Trout: The fishing for Speckled Trout in Southern Maryland waters around the islands and the Tangier Sound has been fantastic! Fish for them in around 5 feet of water with 3-4 inch paddletails. You can even catch them pier fishing near the mouth of the Choptank River!
Red Drum: We are also seeing schools of large red drum around the islands in the Tangier sound, and at the mouth of the Choptank River! Use peeler crab or soft crab. There are reports of people catching them from Bill Burton Fishing Pier in the Choptank as well!
Black Drum: Black Drum can also be found the southern bay in the Tangier Sound area. Soft Crab and Peeler crab are the best bait to use for this species as well!
Perch: You will be most likely to find perch around the mouths of the river over hard bottom or oyster beds. Nearly any type of bait (bloodworms, razor clams, soft crab, nightcrawlers etc!) on a bottom rig will do the trick. When it comes to spinners such as Perch Pounders “Halloween” is the hot color!
Spot: Spot are moving in as far north as Hacketts! This is great news for those of you who are looking to live line! Fish for them with baits that you use for Perch!
Snakehead: Full spawn makes for a tough bite, but we are still seeing a lot of nice Snakehead being caught. Chatterbaits and Top Water frogs seem to be the most popular lures! Blackwater is always a good spot but don’t be afraid to venture up the Flats, the Middle River, the Magothy River and the Severn River. With the slower bite, bow fishing has also been especially popular!