Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

February 1st, 2019

Very cold conditions dominated the last week which has brought on more ice. Average air temps this past week were 30º which has dropped area water temps to the low 30º range with Thomas Point at 33º. Most of the local creeks are locking up with slushy ice but the forecast over the next 10 days is trending warmer. With good luck those creeks will open up this week. Deep Creek Lake is still iced over and fishing there has been great the past week. Catch and release Rockfish has been decent but for the most part the action was near the mouth of the bay.

Yellow Perch / Crappie

Some of the hotter spots this past week were Eastern Shore creeks – and many of those are mostly iced over now. Marshyhope, Tuckahoe and sections of the upper Choptank river were very productive this week. Open water on the Wicomico near Salisbury was also productive this week with several Yellows and a few Crappie mixed in. Deep Creek Lake was good again and we don’t see why it’s going to slow down soon.

Pro Staffer Alex Perez got into a good mix of Yellow Perch and Crappie this week! Nice little day on the Shore!

Varying lures and presentations worked this week. Working a tandem of 1/16th or 1/32nd jig heads with Bust-em’ Baits Stingers in clear chartreuse caught fish in the Marshyhope Creek. Fishing tandems near submerged structure in 3-6′ of water on an outgoing tide worked well. Vertical jigging ice on Deep Creek Lake was also very productive this week. We have a small variety of lures that are great for that style of fishing so come on in and check them out!

One thing we like to use as a strike trigger is Gulp® Alive! 1″ minnows. These little minnows come marinated in delicious juice (not really but the fish think so). You can add these to the back of a shad dart, use them as a trailer on a VMC Hotskirt jig or just fish it bare under a float! There isn’t much that beats a real minnow but these are a great alternative!

Rockfish

Johnathan French landed this beauty while fishing near Calvert Cliffs this week. Photo courtesy of Maryland DNR.

Catch and release Rockfish was a bit slow this week but there were some nice fish caught! The majority of action is coming from Calvert Cliffs down past Point Lookout. Focusing on deep channel ledges in 40′-60′ of water with deep tandem or umbrella spreads is the best way to find them. There are also a few big ones hanging out near hot water discharges, specifically near the Calvert Cliffs discharge. Snap jigging 1.5-2oz G-Eye jigs with 10″ Boss BKD trailers just off the bottom may entice a really big one to bite!

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