Cover Image: White Perch are everywhere! Matt Wyble, his wife Ashleigh and sons Cooper (age 2.5) and Luke (age 7) caught perch up to 10.5 inches in the Severn River using bloodworms and razor clams, and found that the razor clams out fished bloodworms two to one! Meanwhile, Gavin Middleton caught perch up to 9.5 inches in the Magothy River using Lugworms!
Rockfish: The schools of large rockfish are still concentrated above the bridge around Tolchester and Rockhall, and the western shore side has been productive as well. Look for them in 16-20 feet of water. Jigging and live lining spot have been the most productive methods of fishing for them. Around the bay bridge, rockfish will be mostly undersized, but further south towards Bloody Point, the mouth of the Eastern Bay and the mouth of the Choptank there are keeper sized fish being caught. In this area, they are mostly in shallow water around structure or shoreline rip rap.
White Perch: White perch are everywhere! Use Chesapeake Sabiki rigs around the bay bridge pilings to jig up large numbers of them! Put a 1/2 oz sinker on the bottom of the rig and bounce it off the bottom. You don’t even need bait! They are also in all of the rivers and are being caught on bloodworms, razor clams and lugworms in deeper water, and on spinners in more shallow water around structure.
Spot: Spot are in deeper water around the bay bridge, Hackett Point and Kent Narrows, just to name a few. Chesapeake Sabiki rigs, lugworms, bloodworms and razor clams work well for spot too!
Speckled Trout: The speckled trout bite slows down a bit in very hot weather, but you can still find them in shallow water around points and grass beds in the early morning hours, or on secondary ledges once the day heats up. The Choptank River has been a hot spot along with, of course, the Tangier Sound. We love to use 3 or 4 inch paddletails on 3/16 , 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig heads, but a number of people are catching them using soft crab or peeler crab as well!
Bluefish: Bluefish are now being caught as far north as the gas docks and the mouth of the Patuxent! We are looking forward to seeing them move up the bay soon. Use metal spoons or jigs, or zman plastic paddletails!
Cobia, Red Drum & Spanish Mackerel: These species seem still be primarily in the very lower part of the bay and in Virginia water, but we expect that after this weekend they will begin to move up!
Crabbing: Crabs are biting on the western shore and the eastern shore! Thompson Creek, the Severn, Magothy and South have all been great! We prefer razor clams, but chicken necks and alewife work well too. If you are struggling with catching mostly undersized crabs, try mixing it up to salted eel!