Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – August 17th, 2018
Another hot Summer week is behind us and there was lots of activity out on the water! We’re finalizing all the details of our 3rd annual White Perch Open today and are nearly ready for Sunday!! The forecast is looking like there will be a little rain but that isn’t going to stop us…the White Perch Open will take place, rain or shine! If you haven’t signed up, you should do that on this page. We will close registration at 10pm today. If you have already registered, you can expect an email tomorrow with all the details about Sunday! Now on to the report…
Not much has changed since last week regarding the Chumming/Chunking/Live Lining bite. It’s still the hot ticket this week. Some of the better Spots have been just north of Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point, the Key & Bay Bridge pilings, and just outside the Eastern Bay around the Hill and Bloody Point. A chum slick while fishing cut bait like fresh Alewife or Soft Crab on a 8/0-9/0 circle hook will work well in 20′-25′ of water. Lots of throwbacks being caught so please handle with care and release the fish with as little handling as possible!
Live Lining Spot or smaller White Perch around the bridge pilings has been the best way to land the big Rockfish.
Anglers getting out early trolling the channel ledges from Swan Point down to the Bay Bridge have been landing some fish. Hoses, Spoonbrellas, Bucktails and Spoons on planers will all work this week. Gold & Green are hot colors. Look to find fish in 15′-25′ of water early in the day and 25′-40′ of water mid-day. Water temps are dangerously high for Rockfish as the main bay temps range from 82º-85º. Rockfish are looking to stay as cool as possible and expend as little energy as they can so they are going deep during the day and feeding later in the evening through the night in the shallows.
Some of the better spots this week have been Hodges Bar, Baltimore Light and the mouth of the Eastern Bay.
If you’re looking for some serious fun, look no further than light tackle topwater fishing for Rockfish in the shallows super early in the day. The best time is going to be before sunrise, or right around sunset/dusk. The Eastern Bay shallows (10′ or less of water) have been active with some nice keepers as well as a ton of throwbacks being caught on topwater. Jigging around the Bay Bridge (specifically around the rock piles and eastern side pilings) and Key Bridge has been working well also.
If you are getting some strikes on topwater but not landing fish, look to throw a sub-surface bait right behind your topwater baits. The Live-Target Threadfin Shad is a good little follow up bait for topwater short strikes. You can burn it through a school or slow roll it close to the bottom. Either way, it works well!
Good news for anglers participating in our 3rd Annual White Perch Open this Sunday! There are a ton of Perch being caught all over the place. We’re finding that the Perch in the rivers and creeks are a tad smaller than ones you’ll find in the main Bay waters. Piglet Perch can be found in deeper water (or water that has easy access to deep water) around structure. They’ll be holding tight to rip-rap, pilings, piers and rocky hard bottom. If you’re using bait, try Soft Crab, Bloodworms or Razor Clams on bottom rigs. If you’re fishing artificial lures, try using spinners like the Perch Pounder, Super Roostertail or a Tandem Shad Dart rig tipped with Bloodworms or Grass Shrimp.
It’s very simple. They are everywhere. They eat nearly everything. They fight like crazy. Lots of people love eating them. We’re finding nice size Channel Cats with everything from little spinnerbaits to cut bait like Fresh Alewife or Soft Crab. These fish can be found in deep water, shallow water, in the Main Bay, in the Creeks…nearly everywhere.
Some Blue Cats are being caught in the Pautuxent, the Potomac and DNR is asking for them to be removed as they are invasive.
We’ve had many reports of Spot being caught around the Bay Bridge, and further south. Look for them in 10′-15′ of water with Bloodworms on bottom rigs. They are also being caught in the Eastern Bay in 10′ of water around the mouth near Bloody Point.
A small amount of Croaker have been caught in the Eastern Bay but nothing to get too excited about. With all the fresh water we’ve had introduced to the Bay in the last few weeks, don’t expect a large amount of Croaker up this far at all this year.
Coastal/Off Shore Fishing
There has been great fishing going on down on the coast and off-shore this past week. Charters are docking with boxes full of Tuna, Seabass, Mahi and nice size Flounder.
Fishing off shore will get you a mixed bag of Croaker, Spot, Bluefish, Flounder and smaller Drum. Look to use Sand Fleas, Cut Squid, Mullet or Clams as bait off shore.
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