Image: Left: Our Monster Snakehead Hunt Continues! Joe Sagedal weighed in this 9.9 lb Snakehead, putting him in first place with a total weight (of his three heaviest fish) of 22.8. Right: Matt Reed stopped by for some gear and tips before taking his son fishing. They caught white perch and catfish on Kent Island!
Rockfish: Striped Bass fishing is really picking up in our middle bay area! The bay bridge pilings are heating up as well as the rock piles. Spot are being caught in good numbers at the mouth of the Magothy, Hacketts, and off of Poplar Island, so there is a great opportunity for live lining in those areas! Love point continues to be a bit hit or miss, but some anglers have had success chumming there. Further north, the Key Bridge has been producing large fish, particularly on top water in the evening. For jigging, use a 5/8 or 3/4 oz jig head with a chartreuse or pink BKD. Downsize to 3/8 or 1/2 oz if fishing less than 10 feet of water. Trolling continues to be very productive along the channel edges off of Chesapeake Beach, but consider using a smaller profile swim bait or switching to spoons! There are Bluefish in that area now too, so trolling with spoons very well might catch some! Holographic green and white have been the best colors. From shore, Kent Island and Sandy Point have both pretty productive with a few keeper rockfish with a lot of catfish in the mix. Soft crab, peeler crab and fresh alewife are the best to use from shore!
Speckled Trout: Speckled Trout fishing continues to be productive in the lower bay in the shallow waters of the Tangier sound and at the mouth of the Potomac. Use 3/8-1/2 oz jig head with a 4-5 inch bass assasin and fish in 10 feet of water or less, right up on the marsh! You will be likely to catch some nice rockfish as well!
Perch: Perch are now in the river and the creeks!! The Severn and the Magothy are both productive. Use perch pounders in shallow water near structure, or a Chesapeake Sabiki rig with grass shrimp over hard bottoms or oyster beds. A bottom rig with bloodworms, trout worms or nightcrawlers on it will also work well in deeper water!
Snakehead: Snakehead fishing is picking back up as spawn wraps up. Blackwater is great, but they are in the shallow marshy waters of all of the rivers at this point. The Severn and the Magothy are especially producing. Try using a top water mouse!