Image: Blackwater is a fantastic place to catch all kinds of species! On the left is Alexis with a nice Crappie that she caught there, and on the right is Nicholas with his personal best Snakehead at 9.12 pounds! Click here for details on our Monster Snakehead Hunt! Remember that we can still get out there and fish!!

Snakehead: Snakehead fishing is really starting to get good! Blackwater Refuge and the surrounding areas are still the best place to be. The water in the upper parts of the Potomac, the Patuxent, and the Suquhanna Flats is still on the cooler side, so the bite will not heat up until later in the year. The best time to go to Blackwater will be in the afternoon or evening, after the shallow mud flats have had a chance to warm. Minnows under a bobber work well this time of year, as do chatterbaits. Try the new weedless chatter frogs from Addiction Baits that we are loving!

Rockfish: With just over a week of catch and release rockfishing left we are getting great reports from Bloody Point and the mouth of the Eastern Bay down to Solomon’s Island, as well as the Power Plant. Trolling umbrella rigs with 6-10 in. baits has been the most productive way to target them.

White Perch: White Perch are moving in just about everywhere! Beachwood park on the Magothy River and the Upper Choptank around Greensboro and Tuckahoe have been great spots. Bottom fishing with grass shrimp or bloodworms is the way to go!

Hickory Shad: We are starting the see the first hickory shad moving up in the bay! They are in the lower parts of the Patuxent, the Potomac and at Tuckahoe and Red Bridges! Bottom fishing works well here too.