Image: Top Left: Jerramy Siple caught this snakehead in the Severn River using a perch pounder! Bottom Left: Ed Milian, Mike Vancamp and Craig Mason had a great cobia fishing trip using our live eels! Center: James Smack caught this 24″ rockfish live lining spot near Swan Point. Right: Harper Van Dam and her siblings enjoyed catching perch and small rockfish using razor clams!
Rockfish: For the best Rockfish bite you will want to run north! Anywhere north from Love Point to Hodges Bar, up to Pooles Island and into the flats is where you want to be! Fish in 10-25 ft of water, over any of the humps that are in that area. Just about any method will work, jigging, live lining spot, chumming and trolling, but it is a small channel and it is getting crowded up there so please be mindful and respectful of other boats! The topwater bite around Seven Foot Knoll, the rocks at Love Point and Hodges Bar has been good in the morning and evening, and a 4-5 inch paddletail on a 1/2 oz jig head works great in the shallows. If you prefer to stay more in the middle bay, head just south to Thomas Point and the top side of Poplar Island. The morning and evening topwater and shallow water bite has been decent there as well.
Cobia: Targeting Cobia is incredibly popular right now! Head down towards Smith Island and Janes Island or to Point Lookout, the mouth of the Potomac, and into the middle ground to find them. If your boat has a tower, sight casting eels or bucktails is the way to go. If not, chumming and using fresh alewife works too!
Speckled Trout: The speckled trout bites continues to be productive in the Tangier Sound, the whole way up to the mouth of the Choptank. Fish in 3-4 feet of water and look for grass beds. A white fluke minnow swim bait is a great lure to use!
Perch: Perch are moving into the rivers and creeks! The perch bite in the Severn has been great. Try fishing around the bridges in a boat or Jonas Green park from shore. You can also find large perch in deeper water around the Bay Bridge Pilings, Love Point, Kent Narrows and Hacketts Point.
Snakehead: Spawn and hot weather make the Snakehead bite tough, but you can now find them everywhere, in the shallow waters of all of our western shore rivers and in the Susquhanna Flats! When you see a fry ball, the Snakehead will be near it, not right on top of it. Try a variety of minnows, top water, chatterbaits and swim baits to find what will get them to bite!