View the video above to hear Alex’s report of what we are seeing on the bay this week!
Rockfish: The rockfish bite continues to be strong around the Bay Bridge and areas north. Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point, and Pooles Island are all producing nice sized rockfish. Live-lining spot and fishing with soft crab and peeler crab continues to be successful! We are also seeing more people catching rockfish by trolling larger drone spoons, jigging, and topwater fishing. Larger fish are also starting to move into the rivers! Try topwater fishing near structure in 4-6 feet of water.
Spanish Mackerel: This is proving to be an exceptional year for Spanish Mackerel in the bay! They are being caught as far north as Love Point, with several reports of nice sized mackerel caught at the mouth of Severn. Heading further south will still be your best chance to catch a larger number of mackerel. The mouth of the Eastern Bay and top side of Poplar Island has been especially productive. Troll for mackerel at 6-8 knots with number 1 or 2 planers and spoons. Look for the diving birds! You can also cast into areas with birds using metal casting spoons and sting silvers.
Crabbing: The western side of the bay is finally picking up! We are seeing larger amounts of nice sized crabs being caught in the Magothy, Severn and South rivers! Using pots or traps in the early morning hours with razor clams or chicken necks will be your best bet!
Cobia: Cobia are being caught in the Southern Bay near Point Lookout and the Target Ship. Live eels or surgical tubes are both working effectively, as well as sight-casting with bucktail.
Perch: Perch are still running everywhere! Take your pick from baits like bloodworms and razor clams on a bottom rig, to lures such as Perch Pounders and Sabiki Rigs. You will catch them in the bay, rivers and creeks!