Left: Blue has been the hot color for LJ from G-Eye jigs this week! Pairing one of his jig heads with the new 8″ Dragon Tail lure from Savage Gear, painted with blue spike it, has been the winning combination for him! Right: Jay Flemming found several massive catfish biting on alewife in the Potomac River!
Perch: While Yellow Perch do appear to be spawning, we still aren’t seeing the numbers that we typically like to see this time of year. We still expect that it will pick up any day though! For now, some good spots have been Perryville, the Susquehanna Flats and down at Allens Fresh! Minnows under a bobber or grass shrimp on a tandem rig will be your best bet! White perch fishing is still pretty good at Beachwood park as well! Try a small feather jig with grass shrimp!
Rockfish: There are some decent sized rockfish being caught and released in the southern bay at traditional locations like the power plant. Use 1-1.5 oz jig heads with larger 8-10 inch paddletails! The bay bridge pilings hold fish this time of year as well, and trolling larger sized tandems from the bay bridge down to bloody point has been productive. Remember to use pliers to push down the barbs on your hooks during this catch and release only season!
Snakehead: The water temperature at Blackwater reached 52 the other day and Snakehead fishing is heating back up! The best bite has been in the last few hours of daylight, using chatterbaits or paddletails. Fish can still be caught in the morning hours too, but you will have better success using a minnow or a paddletail with a very slow retrieve. The same is true for the bite up in the Susqhanna Flats. Snakehead are plentiful in the Severn and Magothy Rivers too, but most of them are harvested by bowfishing.
Catfish: Catfish are biting all over the bay, and the Potomac River is an especially great spot! Use cut alewife!