Maryland Fishing Report

November 9th, 2018

Cool weather, rain and wind has dominated the last week and we’re looking at some cool weather in the forecast. Rain will taper off Friday night and come back on Tuesday but we can expect some decent fishing conditions in between and after. With the cool weather, we’re expecting the water temps to take a dip with local waters currently holding in the mid 50º range. Fish have been schooling up near the mouths of the tidal rivers looking to intercept bait moving out of these areas. Expect the best bite to occur during a good outgoing tide in 25′-45′ of water near channel ledges just outside of the tidal rivers.


Tim OConner landed a few nice fish last night while jigging near the mouth of the Magothy River. All fish were released to keep swimming! Photo courtesy of John Jenkins.

Trolling has been the most productive way to get meat in the cooler this past week. Fish have been holding deep close to the bottom in 25′-45′ of water near the channel ledges. Anglers have reported trolling umbrella spreads with 6″-9″ shads, tandem rigs with 6″-9″ shads and gold spoons on planers. Look to target some of the area’s hot spots like Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point and Bloody Point. Trolling along the channel ledges in these areas has been pretty decent over the past week. The mouth of the Eastern Bay has also been producing some decent fish over the last week. The best bite has been reported further south outside of Calvert Cliffs down to the mouth of the Potomac.

Chumming and chunking is still catching fish, just not as many and anglers are finding a good amount of channel catfish mixed in. Best bait for this is going to be fresh cut alewife, frozen soft or peeler crab and you can also live-line eels in your chum slick. Good areas to target rockfish are going to be Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point, Hacketts and the Bay Bridge pilings if you are live-lining eels. Focus your efforts around a good outgoing tide in 25′-45′ of water and bring your patience rock!

Jigging and light tackle casting has been good this past week. Anglers are finding some decent fish in the shallows early in the morning casting topwater plugs and spooks. Many of these fish are being caught near pilings, points, dropoffs and rock piles. The topwater bite is going to be best early in the mornings and later in the evenings or on grey overcast days. We have Smack-Its back in stock in both sizes so make sure you get in here and grab them up before they’re gone again!


Isaac wanted to go catfish fishing so granddad obliged! Isaac, Dad and Granddad landed 5 total using catfish dough while fishing the Pautuxent. Nice work fellas! Photo courtesy of Eric Packard.

If you are bottom fishing with bait in the Chesapeake Bay, you are most likely going to catch a catfish. They eat pretty much anything including bloodworms, nightcrawlers, razor clams, fresh alewife, minnows, catfish dough and more. Anglers fishing from shore can use top & bottom rigs with pieces of any kind of bait with a 1/2oz. – 1oz. sinker depending on current. Keep an eye on your rod, they can yank them right over the railing and take them for a ride! Some of the better areas this week were in the Magothy, Chester and Severn Rivers. We also had reports of plenty being caught in chum slicks around the popular points in the area (Swan, Love, Podickory and Sandy Point).

White Perch

Majority of the reports on white perch this past week were that they’re holding in deeper water, 20′, on hard bottom or near structure. The Bay Bridge pilings were a good spot to drop a top & bottom rig or a tandem rig with 1/32oz and 1/4oz jigs tipped with Bass Assassins. Bloodworms, razor clams or minnows will all work well when fished on a top & bottom rig.

Yellow Perch

Captain James Avedon got into a few nice Yellows last night during a good outgoing tide in 8′ of water. Very nice fish there sir!

While it isn’t your typical time of year to find a good concentration of Neds in a tidal creek near you, every once in a while you can get on em’! We’re expecting to see more and more catches over the next few weeks into December. Focus on deeper holes in the upper reaches of the tidal creeks during an outgoing tide. Jigging or casting live baits will give you the best chance at these beauties. Try using a slip bobber and live minnows with a little split shot for water deeper than 5′.


Captain James Avedon won the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket with this ultra-rare Golden Crappie. Fish of a lifetime Captain!

The cooler weather has the Crappie bite heating up! Casting small spinners, inline Mepps, Beetlespins, or small spoons will all work for Crappie. Focus on submerged structure in the headwaters of the tidal creeks or in freshwater ponds and lakes. Cast towards shoreline structure or deeper pockets with submerged structure and use a slow retrieve. You can tip small spoons with either live bait or fishbites to offer some scent/flavor. One of the best ways to fish for them is with a simple bobber and minnow. Crappie can’t resist a good bullhead minnow!


With the trout stocking program complete, many anglers are enjoying the benefits! Eric Packard landed this beauty while fishing at Calvert Cliffs.

The trout stocking program has completed and anglers are having plenty of success lately. Many of the areas streams and rivers are experiencing high water flows so anglers are urged to fish with caution. Small in-line spinners and dry flies have been working well. Small bits of nightcrawlers on a hook under a bobber will also work for trout. Check out the DNR trout stocking map to find a stocking location near you.


As the water cools and grass beds recede, the Pickerel bite will pick up. Eric Packard landed this one in St. Marys Lake fishing a white swimbait on a jig head.

In the upper reaches of the tidal creeks and rivers and in many of the area’s freshwater lakes and ponds you can find these slime dragons. You will find them in shallow water near structure like submerged brush, rocks or pilings. Fishing small spinners, in-line spinners or small swimbaits will all work well for pickerel. Another good tactic is fishing a small spoon tipped with a minnow. You can cast and slow jig this off the bottom with good success. As the water continues to cool, expect the pickerel bite to heat up!

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