Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
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Wether you’re trolling, chumming or jigging for fish, it’s looking like everything is working right now. Now that most of the rain is gone, we’re finding plenty of fish and this past week has been great! If you’re headed out this holiday weekend, make sure you stop by to stock up on fresh bait, the latest gear or anything else you may need to make this weekend awesome.
Trolling has been good over the last week. Anglers are finding fish in a variety of areas including Bloody Point, just outside of Chesapeake Beach, and Breezy Point along the edges in 25′-40′ of water. Zig-zagging ledges and transition areas during moving tides is going to increase your chances of landing fish. Another good thing to do right now is troll smaller baits like 6″-8″ shads in tandem or on an umbrella rig. Colors that have been working lately are chartreuse, holographic green, and some white.
The Chum bite has been hit or miss but when it’s on, it’s on fire! A great place to anchor up and go for it is just outside of the Eastern Bay, Hacketts Point, Love Point and Podickory Point. You’ll want to target the 28′-35′ water with muddy bottom using fresh Alewife as bait and a couple chum logs overboard. Make sure you’re using in-line circle hooks, a couple ounces of weight, and a sturdy 25lb fluoro leader! The ideal time to chum is going to be on a transitioning tide near or around the mouths of the area’s rivers.
Live-lining Eels has been good in many of the same areas but even better around the Bay Bridge pilings. No weight needed, just lip hooked Eels on 6/0-8/0 circle hooks with 36″ Fluoro leaders & Hold on tight!! Other great baits to try are Soft/Peeler Crab which we have plenty of in stock now!
Remember that catch and keep is only allowed in the Main Bay right now so know where you’re at before you start throwing fish in the cooler!!
You should also head over to the Maryland DNR page that has all the rules/regulations/locations so you’re in the know!
Jigging/Light Tackle Casting
This past week was a great one for light tackle! Jigging, Plugging and Topwater were all working this week! Just outside of the Eastern Bay, Thomas Point, Bay Bridge pilings & around the Key Bridge pilings were all good producers this week. Using your favorite 1-2oz jigs with 4″-7″ soft plastic trailers like BKDs, Bustem’ Baits, or Striper Sniper curly tail worms are all good options. Focus on ledges/transition points during a transitioning tide especially early in the morning or later in the evening.
The Perch bite is strong right now. You can fish for them deep on top & bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Bloodworms or Soft Crab. You can jig for them at the bridge with jigs and small saltwater assasin trailers. You can also target them around shallow structure like piers, rip-rap & bulkheads with spinnerbaits like the Perch Pounders we carry. They’re biting everything right now!
It’s a mix of Spawning & Post Spawn fish now with most water temps in the mid 60º range. I caught a few really nice Largemouth Bass this week on a pink senko in very shallow water. Look to target these fish with jigs, texas rigged soft plastics, swimbaits & chatterbaits. Ideal spots are around submerged structure, beds & grasslines. The Susquehanna Flats have been producing nice Bass & even some Snakehead this past week. Some of the area reservoirs and lakes have also been producing nice bass like Loch Raven, Liberty Reservoir and Tuckahoe.
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