Cover Image: Anglers employees Rich, Lyndsie and Mike spent a day on the water with Lenny Rudow filming videos for Fishtalk! They caught rockfish jigging in open water and chasing birds, and black sea bass over submerged structure using G-Eye Jigs Rain Minnows and teasers tipped with squid! Videos coming soon!!

Rockfish: Fishing is great all over the bay right now in terms of numbers, but a little bit tough in terms of size. Chasing birds and breaking fish and casting jig heads with straight tail plastics, paddletails or curly tails is a sure way to catch large numbers of fish, however many of them will be undersized. If you are willing to spend some time catching (and safely releasing) shorts, you will get a couple of keepers in the mix, typically up to the mid 20s, with some in the low 30s! Most of the bigger fish still seem to be coming from closer to the Bay Bridge. Try Love Point, the rock piles, the sewer pipe and the mouths of the Chester, Patapsco and Magothy Rivers. Shallow water fishing with topwater, jerk baits or paddletails is also still producing. Try Thomas Point (either the shoal or right around the lighthouse), The Six Foot and Seven Foot Knolls and points and shoreline inside of all of the rivers. Live lining spot around structure is actually still working extremely well which is surprising this late in the season! As long as it’s working, we’ll continue to have live spot available!!

Pickerel: Pickerel fishing is really heating up in all of the rivers and the eastern shore ponds! Anglers is a sponsor of the CCA Pickerel Championship, which runs now through the end of February! Sign up here!  Pickerel become more active in this cold weather and can be caught in a variety of ways including jerk baits, rat-L-traps, paddletails and minnows! Look for them in shallow water creek and along shorelines and structure.

Snakehead: The water has cooled down some which means that snakehead are slightly less active. They can definitely still be caught though, especially on sunny afternoons when the shallow water warms up. Try paddletails or chatterbaits in both Eastern shore tributaries of Blackwater Refuge and the creeks of the Western Shore rivers! Minnows also work especially well in colder weather.

Perch: Now that the water has cooled down, it’s time to look in deeper water for white perch. Look for hard bottom and oyster beds in the rivers and in the main bay! Chesapeake Sabiki rigs tipped with bloodworms or razor clams work well, as do metal jigs! Metal jigs are especially effective for finding those bigger sized perch! We have also had reports of yellow perch showing up in many of the rivers!