Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – 10/27/16
Windy, windy, windy!
Howdy folks! This week’s Chesapeake Bay fishing report is wearing a windbreaker! Before the wind picked up this past week there was some good fishing going on in the shallow areas of the tidal rivers because of the full moon high tides. Peak times would be during the early morning and evening hours. Fishing top water and sub surface lures is a good way to start searching for fish along the shore lines, rocks, and docks. Some of the better spots this past week to do some light tackle fishing were Mountain Point, Baltimore Light House, Seven Foot Knoll, The Dumping Grounds, Eastern Bay, and Poplar Island. One tip I can give you is that if you’re fishing top water in shallow water and you don’t get any hits, is to change to a sub-surface stick bait that dives 2′ to 5′ down. Also another good lure to cast out there, if you’re fishing along the shore, is a slow sinking jointed swim bait. Most of the time you’ll catch less fish but you’ll get bigger fish on it.
Jigging is still good all over the bay right now! The only challenge is finding the schools of fish with the good size grade of fish. Most of the breaking schools of fish are ranging from 12″ to 19″ and some of them have bigger fish in them. In some cases, you will find schools that have all keeper size fish from 20″ to 28″+. Fishing around the shipping channels is a good way to find fish if there is nothing breaking surface. Most of the rockfish use the shipping channels to move around the bay and in most cases you will find fish in the edges of the channel. When you’re fishing deeper water try to use heavier jigs for example 3/4oz to 1.5oz depending how deep your fishing. Jigging around Eastern Bay, Hacketts, Magothy River, Belvidere Shoal, and Tolly Bar have been some of the better areas to jig.
Trolling has been picking up since the water temperatures dropped. You can cover more water by trolling and at times you can catch bigger fish by doing so. The migratory fish that come down from New England are not here just yet. They’re starting the move down but just aren’t in the bay yet. There have been reports from northern New Jersey of some big 40″+ fish working their way down. Hopefully we will be seeing them in the bay around mid-November. Reports of some fish up to 35″ came from southern Maryland around the Solomons Island area. Soon will be that time to get your spring trolling rigs out and start to use them as we see bigger fish move in to the area. Using a mixture of umbrellas and tandem rigs has been working for most people out there. Use your umbrellas on the deep rods and the tandem rigs on the outside of your boars running a little bit shallower than your umbrellas. The eastern side of the shipping channel is still producing some good fish while trolling anywhere from Love Point, Brick House Bar, and Bloody Point. On the western side of the channel the most productive area has been anywhere from the Patapsco River to Hacketts and Chesapeake Beach to Solomons Island area. Use a mix of white, chartreuse, holographic bunker, and holographic green colors on your umbrellas and tandem rigs. Another color that is often overlooked but works really well when the water is clear – is black.
Shore fisherman have been getting plenty of action finding some keeper size rockfish at times with some overs mixed in as well. Using fresh chunks of bunker and spot have been working. Another decent bait to try for rockfish is peeler crab. Using blood worms on a top and bottom rig will produce lots of perch with some channel catfish mix in. Matapeake, Sandy Point, Jonas Green Park, and Fort Smallwood Park have been some good areas to try from shore. Fishing up the creeks around shoreline structure for perch has been good during high tides using small inline spinners and perch pounders.
Tight lines folks!