Image: Left: Anglers pro-staff employee Roger helped to set Torrey Smith up for a successful fishing trip on his new boat! Right: Stephen Nilsson caught his first catfish with his grandfather Bob.
Rockfish: In the mid and upper bay, the schools of rockfish are scattered. We’ve gotten some good reports from the Bay Bridge and Love Point, but it’s been hit or miss. As the tides change over these next few days, look for them to school up a bit tighter. Heading north of the Bay Bridge, and using your fish finder to find the schools will be your best bet! Jig for them with straight tailed plastics or live line spot. If you are headed south, the shallow water bite has been great! Use a lighter jig head with a paddletail. Anywhere around Poplar Island or Tilghman Island would be a great place to go.
White Perch: White perch are all over the bay and in the rivers and creeks, with especially large ones at the bridge, Love Point and Thomas Point. Use small spinner baits or xraps and cast towards shore or structure, or use a chesapeake sabiki rig over hard bottom.
Bluefish: Small (8-12 inch) bluefish are up as far as Love Point. Fish for them using metal jigs and give them plenty of action!
Mackerel: Mackerel have not yet come up into the mid bay, but they can be found in the lower bay, anywhere from Chesapeake Beach south. Find them by looking for breaking fish or diving birds.
Speckled Trout: Speckled trout fishing is still fantastic in the shallows of the Eastern Shore side of the bay or near structure such as light houses. Look for them around Taylor’s Island and south. Use light jig heads with 3-5 inch paddletails.
Cobia: More cobia are being caught sight casting bucktails or live eels, which generally means that there are more in the water. You can find them anywhere south of Point Lookout. The majority of them are still being caught chumming and bait fishing with alewife and live eels.
Red Drum: Red Drum are also in the waters around Point Lookout and below. Peeler crab is a good bait for them!