Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

January 25th, 2019

Over the last week we’ve seen air and water temps average right around 37º each. Cold and windy conditions will dominate the next week’s forecast so proceed with caution wherever you go! Pretty much all freshwater lakes/ponds in the area will now have some amount of ice coverage. In western Maryland there are reports of 5″+ of ice pretty much everywhere on Deep Creek Lake. Fishing for Yellow Perch, Largemouth, Pickerel and Walleye have all been really good.

Yellow Perch

Caz Kenny continues his hot streak on the ice! Some nice Yellows coming out of Deep Creek Lake this week! Nice work Caz!

Fishing for Yellow Perch through the ice on Deep Creek Lake has been good as of late. You can vertical jig blade baits like the Johnson Thinfisher, small jigs tipped with Bust’em Stingers, or tandem rigs baited with minnows and worms. Look to fish deeper transition points near structure. As always, be patient as the cold bite will be slow.

Some other good areas to try your luck at landing some Yellow Perch are Tuckahoe Creek, head waters of the Magothy River and in the Chester River near Millington. Fishing tandem shad darts with soft plastic stingers around submerged structure was very productive this past week.


Justin Fellers landed some pickerel while fishing Tuckahoe Lake this past week. Nice work Justin!
Julian Tsai landed this fat Pickerel while fishing a pond on his property in Southern Maryland. Nice fish Julian!

Fishing some of the freshwater lakes and streams in the area produced quite a few Pickerel this week. Some of the more successful baits were suspending jerk baits like the Rapala X-Rap, spinnerbaits in white or chartreuse color and a good ol’ fashioned minnow under a bobber.

Some of the hotter spots this week were Unicorn Lake, Tuckahoe Creek/Lake, Deep Creek Lake and in the Chester river near Millington.

Largemouth Bass

Eric Packard landed this nice Largemouth while fishing a private pond in Southern Maryland. Nice work Eric!

Anglers targeting Largemouth Bass found success this week fishing some of the freshwater lakes and ponds in the area. Some of the better areas were Deep Creek Lake, Blackwater and Tuckahoe Lake. If you’re fishing through the ice, look to use many of the same things you would use to target Perch or Pickerel. Thin blade baits can be jigged vertically, same as rattle traps and tandem rigs baited with minnows and worms. Bring your patience and bundle up!

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