Image: Left: Jay Fleming reported a great Red Drum bite in the Tangier Sound using Peeler Crab! Right: Travis Long and LJ from G-Eye Jigs found that pink was the hot color when fishing the mayworm blooms in open water on the bay! Click here for video with LJ on fishing the Mayworm bite.
Rockfish: Trolling continues to be best way to catch larger fish, and the southern bay is still the best area to troll. Try using a holographic green shad on an umbrella rig, and troll in 40-50 ft. at 2.5-3 mph. Chumming and using cut alewife is a great way to catch both Rockfish and Catfish at any of the points. We are also starting to see a lot of keeper sized rockfish being caught around the bay bridge pilings with soft crabs, or by jigging with 1/2-1 oz jig heads. Pink is the hot color right now!
Redfish: There is a solid red drum bite in the lower bay! They are primarily being caught on the Eastern Shore side of the bay around all of the islands and in the Tangier Sound, but you can find them at the mouth of the Potomac as well. Try using peeler crab or paddle tails!
Speckled trout: Speckled trout are starting to show up in the same areas mentioned above for redfish! Fish for them in shallow, grassy water, using a 3-4 in paddle tail on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head. Pink, purple and white are the best colors! You can also use soft crab!
Bluefish: There are some large bluefish feeding below the smaller stripers down in the Chesapeake Beach area, from the western shore to the eastern shore! You can troll clarkspoons or use metal jigs.
Perch: It’s been a strange spring for perch, but we are starting to see more of them at the mouths of the rivers and over hard bottoms/oyster beds. Use bloodworms on a bottom rig or a Chesapeake Sabiki rig!
Snakehead: We are currently in full spawn for Snakehead. Evening will be the best time to fish for them. It’s a great time to start trying some topwater lures! We love a white, top-water mouse!