Maryland Fishing Report
July 5th, 2019

We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July! This weekend’s forecast is looking hot and muggy but the fishing has been just as hot! This past week we saw a significant uptick in rockfish being caught as well as a better grade of fish. If you’re planning on heading out, stop by the shop to grab fresh bait, supplies and any other last minute items you may need!

Rockfish

Live-lining spot or perch continues to be the most productive way to catch rockfish right now. We noticed the HOT bite moved north of the bridge around Love Point and Rock Hall. There are still plenty of fish being caught at the bridge pilings but a better grade of fish is out there to be caught! Podickory Point, Thomas Point and Bloody Point were also areas where anglers are catching fish, just not the same grade or as many. For a few hours of fishing, bring a Chum Log or two, a dozen spot or a few bags of FRESH Bunker, in-line 6/0-8/0 circle hooks and an ounce or two of weight on fish-finder rigs.

Dominic Pope took his wife out and she landed her first ever rockfish! What a catch! Congrats!
Emily Haines-Lapenta landed this beauty while trolling in the Rock Hall/Love Point area! Nice fish Emily!

If you’re fishing around the Bay Bridge, look to use Soft Crab bait banded to a circle hook with enough weight to get it to bottom. Keeper size fish are being caught pretty regularly with some throw-backs and one or two overs mixed in.

The topwater bite has been on fire this past week. Anglers are finding breaking fish early in the morning around the same areas as the Chumming fleet. The Bay Bridge rock piles have also been a decent spot to target them. Look to use either a Smack-It, Chug Norris or a Whopper Plopper and hang on!

Pro-staffer Alex Perez landed some nice stripers while jigging the bay bridge pilings! A couple of nice ones Alex!
AJ Robinson landed this nice keeper while fishing soft crab by the bay bridge pilings. Nice fish AJ!

Jigging has also been good this past week. Anglers are finding fish around the Bay Bridge pilings, around the Triple Buoys in the Love Point area and further north in the Patapsco around the Key Bridge. Popular colors have been chartreuse/white as well as natural bunker colors.

Sam Zimmerman and friends went out on Down Time Sportfishing with Frank Tuma and landed 7 fish in under an hour! Great size to them too!

The Trolling bite has been much like others, it continues to trend northwards. Focusing on the channel ledges around the mouths of the rivers in 25′-40′ of water has been ideal. Bouncing surgical tubes off the bottom or pulling spoonbrellas were the two most popular rigs this week. Red, Green or Blue tubes were all good color choices this week.

Perch

Eric Packard landed a bunch of perch this week while fishing around St. Georges Island. This was a nice one here! Nice fish Eric!

The Perch bite has been on fire. Anglers fishing the creeks/rivers around this area are finding some fish early in the morning around shallow structure. Using spinnerbaits or small jigs tipped with either a soft plastic or grass shrimp are the best ways to target them.

Ideal spots are going to have grass, bait, structure and should have easy access to deep water. With water temps increasing the best times to fish are going to be early in the morning or later in the evening. Look to use spinner baits in shallow water or bait fished on the bottom in deeper water. Good baits to use are the Perch Pounders in your favorite color, Bloodworms, Soft Crab or Razor Clams on top & bottom rigs.

Pro Staffer Bridget McGraw landed some nice perch and spot while fishing in her creek! Nice fish Bridget!

If you’re looking for an awesome/fun tournament to get into, we have opened registration for our 4th Annual White Perch Open on August 18th. You can head over to our WPO page to register now! There is an adult & children’s division so sign the whole family up!

Freshwater

Eric Packard landed some nice bass, pickerel and bluegill this week while fishing St. Marys Lake. Shakyhead seemed like the ticket. Nice fish Eric!

As water temps rise, fish are finding deeper holes and structure to retreat to. Look to find fish around vegetation, fall-downs or submerged stumps. Present an easy meal with a flipping jig, stick worm or spinnerbait. Fish these baits slow but deliberate. When the water is hot, fish get lazy. You’ll need to give them a larger easy presentation to entice a bite. Be patient and persistent. Keep your color choices simple. Black/Blue in stained water. Green Pumpkin in clear water.

Show us what you caught!

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