Top left: Dave Sarfaty caught this 32″ Rockfish using jerk bait in the Choptank River! Bottom Left: Pro-Staffer Alex caught this 25.5″ Pickerel using Savage Gear glide bait! Right: Paul Goldsmith caught a 20″ and a 27″ Rockfish jigging in the Eastern Bay near Poplar Island!
Rockfish: Rockfish have primarily moved south, with the biggest concentration of them being from the mouth of the Choptank River to the Mouth of the Patuexent. Decent sized fished can still be caught in our local area, around Love Point, Swan Point, Tolly Point and the Eastern Bay, but it has been a bit more hit or miss. Jigging or trolling 6″ baits continues to be successful, but as we are seeing larger (30″+) fish being caught down south, it may be beneficial to upgrade to a 9-10″ profile on a 1.5 oz jig! Fish the edges of the channel anywhere from 20-50′ of water.
Pickerel: Pickerel fishing is on fire! You can catch them in any of the rivers, with the Patapsco, Magothy and Severn Rivers being especially good spots. Use inline spinners and small paddletails, or mix it up with a larger sized glide bait to target larger sized pickerel!
Yellow Perch: Yellow perch have moved in to the creeks! Use a minnow on a bobber with a very small jig head. Gulp minnows work very well as an artificial bait too!