Pro Staffers Sam and Alex bring you the fishing report for the upper Chesapeake Bay for November 16th.
Trolling is still producing nice 30″+ fish in 20′-35′ water. Trolling tandem ruby lipped bucktail jigs with 1-1.5oz on the bottom and .5-1oz on top. Another hot rig is the 6 arm light trolling rig with a 1-3oz jig with white or chartreuse curly tail trailers. Hot spots would be deeper channels where some nice class of fish with sea lice have been caught. Focusing on the mouths of the rivers and the ledges in the deeper shipping channels up and down the bay.
Light Tackle is producing nice fish in different parts of the bay. Jigging in 25′-35′ of water with 1-3oz hard candy jig heads with larger profile soft plastics in the 5″-7″ size has been producing a nice class of fish. You can visually mark fish by looking for breaking water or large groups of birds feeding on the top. Other good areas to target would be the mouths of the rivers and transition points from shallower water to deeper water especially during slack tides.
Live bait has been pretty good in several spots of the bay. Using fresh cut LY or frozen peeler crab and blood worms has been working great. Make sure your bait is getting where it needs to be with 1-3oz weight and a bottom rig, keeping the bait on the bottom. Hot spots are hard bottoms, oyster bars and structure around the 20′-35′ deep water. Mountain point off the mouth of the Magothy, oyster bar off Hacketts and spots near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.