Maryland Fishing Report
June 14th, 2019
Happy Father’s Day!
We want to wish all the Dads out there a happy Father’s Day! This weekend is looking fantastic weather wise so hopefully you’re going to be able to get on the water at some point! Good news is that the bite has been just as hot as the forecast! If you haven’t liked, commented and shared the Father’s Day Facebook Giveaway, be sure to head on over to our facebook page and do that! We’ll be announcing the winner of the giveaway this Saturday between 1-2pm.
Over the past week we’ve seen the trolling bite continue to be decent. Anglers are trolling a mix of spreads from Tandem Shads to Spoons to Hoses. The most productive colors we’ve seen are white for the shads, red for the hoses & silver/green flash for the spoons. Fish are being caught in a variety of places in all parts of the water column. Some of the hotter spots have been just outside of Rock Hall, just south of Bloody Point along the channel edge and transition points along the main shipping channel. Make sure you’re covering the different parts of the water column to increase your chances!
The Chumming/Chunking bite continues to land a heavy mix of Blue and Channel Cats. Head out with a few chum bags, some fresh LY or soft crab on a 7/0 circle hook and fish it on the bottom. Ideal spots are going to be areas with muddy bottom in 27′-35′ of water. Some of the better spots have been Love Point, Baltimore Light, Hacketts and Thomas Point. Anglers are having to weed through some catfish to get their rockfish but patience will pay off! If you aren’t sure what you need to be successful on the water, come in and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Jigging/Light Tackle Casting
The jig bite continues to stay hot again this week. Some of the better areas have been the mouth of the Eastern Bay, Bay Bridge pilings, the sewer pipe and around Calvert Cliffs. The bite is best seems to be early in the morning on an outgoing tide. Colors that have been working this week have been more natural colors. Alewife, Opening Night or Shad colors on a 1/2oz. jig in less than 20′ of water has been working well. If you’re in more than 20′ of water look to use a 3/4 or 1oz jig. Ideal size trailer right now is 6″-7″ and can be paired with a skirt.
The topwater bite has definitely picked up this past week. Anglers are finding nice keepers in 4′-10′ of water around grass flats, transition points and easy access to deeper water. Focus on the mouths of the rivers around the area. The bite is going to be best at first light and later in the evening just before/after sunset. Plugs, Spooks and Whopper Ploppers are a sure bet to entice bites in these areas!
The bite continues to stay hot around many of the local rivers and deeper hard bottom areas like Hacketts Point and the Bay Bridge pilings. Anglers throwing spinnerbaits around shallow structure like rip-rap, piers and bulkheads on a moving tide are doing very well. Fishing top & bottom rigs with bloodworms or razor clams are also landing quite a few perch! Look to target shallow structure like piers, bulkheads and grass flats with your efforts. In deeper water, look for hard bottom or vertical pilings like the Bay Bridge.
Depending on where you were fishing this past week, you either had a real hot bite, or a slow one. The spawn in Blackwater seems to be at its end, for now, so the bite has definitely been picking up, especially in the evening on a low tide.
We’re receiving reports nearly daily about Snakehead being caught all over the place. The Potomac, Patuxent, Transquaking and Blackwater National Refuge are all prime spots to target Snakehead. Fishing sub-surface lures like the Gambler EZSwimerz with a 4/0 1/8th twistlock hook. Target slow moving waters in nearly any freshwater river, lake or upper bay area. You have to put in the work to find them, but when you do, it’s pretty rewarding.
If you haven’t signed up for our Monster Snakehead Hunt tournament, you can do so here!
Fishing bait on the bottom in many of the tidal rivers, creeks and main bay will land you some catfish. In the upper bay region we’re seeing a heavy mix of Channel and some Blue cats. Chicken livers, Razor Clams, fresh LY, Bloodworms and Nightcrawlers will all work for Catfish.
Quite a few reports of Sheepshead, Black Drum, Rockfish and Shark being caught in Ocean City this past week. Lots of throwback Flounder with a few keepers mixed in as well. Fishing the breakers early in the morning has landed some Drum, Rockfish and Shark on big chunked baits. Later in the evening has been better for the Shark bite. Look to use Sandfleas for the Sheepshead and cut bait for the rest.
Offshore Charters are experiencing some amazing Tuna fishing right now. Many have been bringing home limits of Bluefin with Yellowfin Tuna mixed in. Be sure to check out a charter on your vacation this Summer! It’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget!
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