Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
Welcome to the Summer season! Today marks the beginning of the Summer/Fall Rockfish season where all Maryland Chesapeake waters are open to fishing! Make sure you’re up to date on all the new regulations which can be found here. Fishing this past week has been good overall and we’re expecting it to get even better over the next few weeks!
The past week was hit or miss if you were trolling, which isn’t much different from the start of the season. Anglers trolling outside of Bloody Point down past Poplar Island were able to pick up some decent keeper fish trolling Spoonbrellas & smaller tandems deep. The more productive color has been Chartreuse recently, mostly because of the water clarity. Anglers trolling in the southern region of the Bay were having success just outside of the Patuxent & Potomac Rivers. Look to vary the depths and presentations of your spreads to find the pattern. Once you key in on where they are and what they’re biting on, change out your spreads accordingly!
Hot, Hot, HOT! The Chumming and Chunking bite has been great the past week. Anglers are figuring out how to use these circle hooks and are landing nice keepers. Some good spots recently have been Love Point, Podickory Point, Hacketts Point & just south of Thomas Point. As far as terminal tackle is concerned, we’re recommending 6/0-8/0 circle hooks depending on the brand you’re using. Make sure you have fish finder rigs with 2oz of weight. The best baits to use are going to be Fresh Alewife, Soft or Peeler Crab. Bring 2 buckets or logs of Chum. Don’t forget ice cold beers & waters in the cooler! SPF 50 sunscreen or rain jackets, lol!
Light Tackle Casting
The bite has been really good in a few areas around here. We’ve seen and had reports of some decent topwater bites early in the am and later in the evening. Areas like the mouth of the Eastern Bay, Poplar Island & Thomas Point have been producing nice fish. Jigging has been great around the Bay Bridge, just south of the Bay Bridge & around the Hill (Eastern Bay). We’ve seen fish from 19″-35″ being caught jigging, sub-surface & topwater in all these areas. Good colors to use are going to be white/red, chartreuse, black & pink.
The Perch bite has been great! We’re getting into that Summer pattern where they can be found nearly everywhere. You can find Perch in nearly all of the tidal Rivers/Creeks around here. Especially near/around structure like rip-rap, piers, bulkheads, pilings, hard bottom, oyster beds & grass flats. Your best live baits are going to be bloodworms, razor clams or soft crab. Fish these on top & bottom rigs with an ounce of weight. If you’re looking to cast & retrieve, Perch Pounders, Roostertails, little spoons & smaller swimbaits are all going to catch fish. The ideal location is going to be in 3′-10′ of water near/around structure during a moving tide.
Headed to the beach on vacation? Make sure you pack your rods! Fishing has been great off the beaches and inlets. Anglers are catching Bluefish, hit or miss Flounder & Rockfish. They’re also catching some Shark! The night bite has definitely been better but try both early in the morning and later in the evening. Cut bait like Alewife, Herring & Sea Clams will catch come fish. White gulp mullet will work for Flounder off the Rt. 50 Bridge. Z-man jigs/soft plastics will be best for the Bluefish.
If you’re headed to the beach, stop in on your way so you can grab everything you need!
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