Left: Jack Martensen caught this beautiful brown trout in Fishing Creek on a crawdad fly! Center: Peter Draughn caught this 34″ Rockfish near Love Point! Top right: Cal Brundick caught this 28″ catfish on fresh alewife! Bottom right: Pro-Staffer Sam caught this nice Yellow Perch in the Magothy River on a new Vertigo Minnow!
Rockfish: Water temperatures have cooled drastically this week, and the rockfish are heading south! The best place to catch them right now is the Chesapeake Beach area, anywhere from Diehl to the mouth of the Patuxent. The mouth of the Eastern Bay is still a great spot as well. The fish are typically going to be in deeper water, from 25-30 feet, under the bait fish. They are feeding on larger bait now, so try using heavier, 1 oz, sized jigs with larger sized swim bait, around 7-8 inches. If trolling, mix up the sizes of your lures and use anywhere from 6-9 inch bait. The rockfish bite from shore at Sandy Point and Matapeake has also been hot! Alewife will be your best bet there.
Pickerel: Pickerel fishing in hot in the upper part of the rivers and in the creeks! Use a smaller sized swim bait on a spinner, or a live minnow on a Tony Spoon. Mepps #3 spinners work well too, casting towards structure. To target larger sized pickerel, use a realistic swim shad like the new ones from 13 fishing. Cast either from shore or in a boat or kayak in shallow water. Try for 5 feet or less!
Yellow Perch: For yellow perch, use a live minnow on a bobber, or a bust’em bait stinger on a small jig head. Jig it off the bottom and look for them in shallow water. Upper parts of the Magothy and Severn are both great spots.
White Perch: White perch are now in deeper water. If on a boat, use blood worms over top of Oyster beds, or cast near deeper-water structure like the Bay Bridge.