Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report July 20, 2015
White perch have been on fire the past week! With anglers filling their coolers with big ol’ black backs, this is sure to be one of the best years for perch in a LONG time. All creeks and tributaries around the Annapolis area have been producing solid fish. Check out Carr Creek, Mill Creek, the Little Magothy, and Hackett’s Point. Popular baits have been bloodworms, grass shrimp, and of course razor clams. On the artificial side of things, Bert’s Perch Pounders and rooster tails have been working well in Pink and Halloween colors in the 3/16 oz. Shad darts with small plastics in the same colors as well as an all white or all chartreuse if overcast.
Greenbury and Tolly Point have been hot! 10-15 ft of water on bloodworms or razor clams have not only been producing pan sized spot but also yielding high numbers of smaller spot used for live lining. Though they have not been in full force, this year anglers have definitely been able to produce solid numbers on hard bottom.
The jig bite is still hot! Bridge pilings and popular oyster reefs in 15-25 ft of water on BKDs and Bass Assassins have been producing not only the smaller summer schoolies but very nice keepers up to 37 inches this past week. The pipeline on the eastern side has been just as hot particularly at the start of an incoming tide. Chumming is still producing fish as anglers off Podickory Point last week reported limits of “overs and unders” in 34-38 feet of water as well as Hackett’s Point. The trolling bite on surgical tubes is still wild as this is the first year in many tubes have been this effective. Running candy apple red hoses in 12- 15 inches on 6-16 oz of lead in 20-50 feet of water. Anglers are reporting great results from the Dumping Grounds up to Love Point and back across from Baltimore Light down to Dolly’s Lump. Live-lining the bridge has picked up over the last week primarily on the less fished western side from pilings 14 to 20 on a slack tide.
We have been receiving very good reports out of Eastern Bay and off Sandy Point for plus sized croakers on clam beds in 12-18 feet of water. Popular baits have been bloodworms, razor clams and bait shrimp on a hi-lo rig.
With mixed reports of Blues from the mid-bay up to Love Point, it’s safe to assume we are due for another late summer Bluefish run. We have been receiving reports of anglers catching 15-20 inch Blues on Sting Silvers, and Kastmasters intermingled with schoolie stripers. Great results have been primarily around the mouth of Eastern Bay and on the north to Gum Thickets, on edges where they can congregate bait with limited reports north of the bridge.
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