Image: Scott Kemm took his girls fishing for Blue Cats this week and Francisco Rivas caught his first Snakehead!
Trophy Season for Rockfish starts tomorrow, the same day that Anglers Reopens! Remember that with the Stay at Home order in place, you must plan to keep what you catch (one fish a person over 35″) for food, and you need to stay local as much as possible. If trolling, mix up your sizes. Try Umbrella rigs with 9″ baits and tandems with a mix of 6″ and 9″ baits. We predict that the best areas for trolling will be the Mouth of the Choptank, from Thomas Point to Bloody Point and from Tolly Point to Hackett Point. Remember that trolling isn’t the only way to catch them! Try chumming and chunking cut alewife and 15-25 ft of water near the Bay Bridge, Love Point, Hackett Point and the mouth of the Magothy!
Snakehead fishing is hot at Blackwater, but again, we should be fishing as close to home as we can. Great “west side” areas include Mallows Bay on the Potomac and the upper parts of the Patuxent. The Patuxent will be hit or miss right now because of the rain but it should improve as the week goes on. We will have Snakehead Destroyer Minnows in our “Bait Shack” tomorrow, which are great this time of year. Chatterbaits and paddletails have also been quite popular, and even some topwater in the very shallow flats!
Fishing for Blue and Channel Cats with cut Alewife is still quite successful in all of the Rivers and in the Main Bay. In Main Bay, you can catch them while targeting Rockfish!
Perch are mainly still in the rivers and creeks. Fish for them with grass shrimp or bloodworms on a shad dart or a bottom rig!