Image: Left: Jeff Ulehla caught this rockfish along with several other nice fishing jigging a 6 inch chartreuse BKD in 30 feet of water in the Eastern Bay! Right: Brittany Garrison and her husband Woody caught this rockfish trolling in the Chester River!
Rockfish: As November progresses, we expect that the rockfish bite will continue to move south. The bite north of the Bay Bridge is indeed starting to slow, but we are still getting decent reports from the Patapsco, the Chester, the mouth of the Magothy, Hackett Point and they Bay Bridge. As we move south, Thomas Point, Bloody Point, Eastern Bay, and Poplar Island are really starting to pick up. A lot of fishermen are having success trolling tandems and umbrellas in deeper water. Use larger in-line sinkers, up to 12 oz, to get your lures down to the 30-35 ft range. The same goes for jigging! Use 1-1.5 oz jig heads to get those lures down deeper. Now is also the time to increase the profile of your baits. Use 7-8 inch plastics to attract those larger, mid 30 inch fish! Lastly, don’t forget about bait fishing! Chumming and using fresh alewife at any of the classic points can be very successful this time of year!
Perch: It’s a fun time of year to white perch fish, because you can often find large schools of nice sized fish in deeper water (15 feet or more) and jig for them! Use a Chesapeake Sabiki rig with small pieces of bloodworms or fishbites, or use a small metal jig! Look for them over ledges and hard bottom.
Yellow Perch are also starting to show up in some of the rivers! Try using a live minnow on a bobber in shallow water.
Pickerel: This is a great time of year for pickerel fishing! Use paddletails or live minnows on a bobber in the shallow waters of any of the rivers or in any of the Eastern Shore ponds such as Tuckahoe or Wye Mills! The Annapolis Waterworks Park is also a great spot, but a pass is required.
Snakehead: The Snakehead is slowing down a little bit at Blackwater and in the western shore rivers, but it’s still there! Try going to Blackwater with live minnows, or fish the patuxent with chatterbaits or mepps spinners. The bite will slow down more as the weather gets colder, so get out there while it’s still on!
Crabbing: Crabbing has slowed down quite a bit but is still worth doing! You just want to set your traps in deeper water, up to 20 feet. Try the Severn, the Magothy or the South Rivers.