Left: Mike Stewart Jr. caught his personal best Snakehead at 11 lbs and 32″! He was using a Mepps #4 Spinner at Blackwater. Right: Commonly used for Snakehead, Daryl from Addiction Baits show us that his splatterbait works well for Pickerel too! All of Daryl’s lures (plus all of our other local vendors) will be on sale for 20% off tomorrow.
Rockfish: Head south for the best Rockfish bite, anywhere from Chesapeake Beach to the mouth of the Potomac. Hot spots have been the area around Point Lookout, and the shipping channels south of Hoopers Island. Troll or jig from 20-50 feet of water, and look for birds and bait fish. Rockfish are feeding on larger sized bunker now, so you will want to use larger, 8-9″ swim bait with heavier, 1.5 oz jig heads. In the local Annapolis area, the bay bridge pilings will be your best bet. In the Patapsco river, you can find large Rockfish in the warm water near the power plant.
Pickerel: Pickerel fishing is hot in the tops of all of the rivers and creeks! The Severn, from round bay up, and the Magothy have been especially good. If you are fishing from shore, go to Beachwood Park in Pasadena and take waders! One of the best lures to use in an inline spinner with a small to medium sized paddle tail.
Yellow Perch: We are also seeing a large number of yellow perch being caught in the upper rivers and creeks! Use a small jighead with a live minnow, or a small bust’em baits plastic.
Snakhead: It was a great week for Snakehead fishing! The bite at Blackwater is very good, and we are also getting reports of large Snakehead in the Magothy near Beachwood Park! This time of year a minnow on one of our bobber rigs, or an inline spinner with a paddletail will both catch fish! Fish during the warmest part of the day.