Image: Left: 13 year old Ryan Criswell pulled in this 40” rockfish near Bloody Point! Center: Durham Butcher caught this Catfish on Cattail Creek in the Magothy. Right: Joe Durst caught this 46” 29.5 lb rockfish trolling near Chesapeake Beach! It was caught on a 4oz x 2oz chartreuse tandem!
Rockfish: This weekend we transitioned from trophy rockfish season (which has been the best one in years!) to the regular season, and the fishing continues to be excellent! The majority of the trophy rockfish that we’ve seen have been caught trolling white and chartreuse tandems or umbrella rigs. Don’t be afraid to vary your weights and depth, the fish are being caught anywhere from 20-35 ft of water. The best areas have been around Bloody Point, Poplar Island and off of Chesapeake Beach, but for regular season fishing all of the points will be promising. Hit up Tollys, Hacketts, Love Point or the bridge with some fresh alewife and a chum log, or soft crab!
Catfish: The Magothy River and Podickory Point have been hot spots for catfish as well as Kent Island, but they can really be found all over the bay and in the rivers! You can catch them with alewife, soft crab or peeler crab!
Perch: The water temperatures continue to be a bit cold for perch, but we are starting to see them in some of the creeks and at the mouths of the rivers. Bloodworms or grass shrimp on a bottom rig or a small spinner such as a rooster tail or perch pounder.
Snakehead: Snakehead fishing has been a little bit hit or miss because of the weather pattern, but we’ve been seeing great success at Blackwater and the surrounding areas with spinners, chatterbait, and buzzbait, along with minnows. Middle River and the creeks around Bowley’s Quarter has been a great western shore spot!