Image: Mike Freiji, Tony Freiji, Jeremy Heinz, Jeff Rosenkilde and Brendan Barbey caught this 22.1 pound Big Scale Pomfret on the boat “Full Hammer,” using squid while fishing out of Ocean City. This will be a new World Record! The current record is 20 lbs 10 oz. Congratulations!!
Small Mouth Bass: The Patuxent River and the Little Patuxent, the whole way from Savage down through Odenton and Crofton, is a great place to fish for small mouth bass! A Ned Rig is a great way to catch small mouth bass, along with a variety of other species, such as trout.
Pickerel and Yellow Perch: The upper parts of the Magothy and Severn still continue to be good spots, although there have been some issues with water quality. The ponds on the Eastern Shore are proving to be the best places to fish right now, with Pickerel and Yellow Perch being caught at Tuckahoe, Wye Mills, Smithville Lake, Johnson Pond, Unicorn Lake and Urieville Lake. Minnows will be your best bet! A 3.5 inch paddletail on an underspin jig head (Gambler makes great ones!) will also work well.
Large Mouth Bass: The Eastern Shore lakes mentioned above have been great spots for Large Mouth Bass as well! Try using a Rat-L-Trap or a crank bait, and work the drop offs.
Crappie and Panfish: The same Eastern Shore lakes have been good for these species as well. Use minnows and small jigs, 1/16-1/32 oz.
Rockfish: If you are still looking to catch and release Rockfish, the rock piles by the Bay Bridge continue to hold fish, use a 1-1.5 oz jig head with a 6-7 inch bait. Further south, you can catch large Rockfish trolling from the mouth of the Potomac into Virginia waters.
Tautog: Tautog fishing continues to be pretty good in the Ocean City inlet! Use green crab or peeler crab.