December 21st, 2018

A little housekeeping before we get into the fishing report…we will have holiday hours this weekend through Christmas. Saturday we are open from 5am-8pm. Sunday we are open from 6am-8pm. On Christmas Eve we will be open from 7am-4pm and we will be closed on Christmas!

Winter is officially here and the Rockfish season has been closed for a week now. The end of the season came with a flurry of big fish being caught further south. Areas like the Eastern Bay, Bloody Point and Thomas Point have all been decent over the last week but the trolling bite down south was great.

Regular contributor Eric Packard landed a giant while trolling in the lower Chesapeake Bay this week! Fish of a lifetime Eric!

Rockfish

The keeper season may be over, but fishing for Rockfish has been decent in the lower Bay. Trolling deep channel ledges and light tackle jigging are producing the most fish right now. Anglers jigging for Rockfish are having success with larger profile lures like a 2oz. jig head with a 10″ BKD trailer or a Bust Em’ Baits Fat Boy.

Areas like the warm water discharges near Calvert Cliffs make for fun fishing for giant Rockfish. Some other hot spots this past week were down south near buoy 72, the mouth of the Potomac and Point Lookout.

Yellow/White Perch

Perch fishing this past week really started to heat up. These fish are starting to be caught more and more in the local rivers as opposed to in the main stem of the Bay. As winter settles in, you will find more and more of them moving into shallower water where they’ll spawn in late February to early March.

Some of the better spots to target them are in Tuckahoe Creek, Red Bridges, Magothy River and the Chester River. The best way to catch these fish is with a good ol’ shad dart or a 1/16th oz. VMC Hot Skirt Jig tipped with live bait like bloodworm or minnow. Little spoons and Mepps spinners will also do the trick. Mepps spinners will also catch a nice variety of species like Pickerel, Perch, Bass and even some smaller Rockfish.

Pro Staffer Alex Perez got into a ton of 20″ Pickerel while fishing some tidal creeks this past week!

Pickerel

Pickerel fishing is hot right now. Anglers are having success catching them in the tidal creeks and rivers in the area. Target these fish in shallow structure in 3′-5′ with either a bobber and minnow, a jerk-bait, a lipless crank bait or spinner bait. Some of the hotter spots this past week were in Tuckahoe Creek, the Choptank and some of the freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

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We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank all of our loyal customers and readers of Anglers Sports Center. We are excited about 2018 and what the future holds for us all.

As always, tight lines!