Winter Large Mouth Bass Fishing is on! On the left is pro-staffer Tim with an Eastern Shore large mouth caught with a Rapala Ripstop, on the right is customer Tim Kirschner

Rockfish: The rock piles near the bay bridge have been holding a lot of fish. The area from Tolly Point to Bloody Point, and the mouth of the Eastern bay has also been successful this week. Jigging is typically going to be your best bet. Use 6″-8″ baits in natural colors this time of year. If you are looking for bigger fish, in the 30-40 inch range, you will need to head further south  from the power plant down to Point Lookout. In this area, use larger size jig heads up to 2.5 ounces, with baits up to a 10″ profile. Try using pro-cure menhaden scent to increase your chance of catching those big fish!

Catfish: This is great time of year for Catfish, they are biting especially well in the northern parts of the bay near the mouth of the Susquehanna. Use cut alewife on the bottom!

Yellow Perch: The Magothy and the Severn have been great for yellow perch, as well as creeks on the Eastern Shore. Try small skirted jigs like “Hot Skirts” in 1/16 of an ounce to 1/32 of an ounce. For casting and retrieving, use a spinner with a small paddle tail.

Bass and Pickerel: Winter pond fishing is hot!! We are getting especially good reports from ponds on the Eastern Shore. Larger sized glides baits will help you to catch bigger fish, and check out our pickerel kit, lures hand picked by us, for a nice variety.