Rockfish: We are seeing rockfish being caught all over the bay on everything from topwater, to jigging, to trolling and live bait! Some hot spots have been the Patapsco River, especially around the key bridge, just inside the Chester River, on the top side of Kent Narrows, the Six Foot Knoll, and the Seven Foot Knoll. The area from Podickory Point to the Mouth of Magothy has also been especially productive! Look for schools of fish and troll over them, or vertical jig on top of them. Look for drop offs of 15-25 feet, and shallow areas near structure for topwater fishing and jigging. Mirrolures, Smack-its, Super Spooks, Rain Minnows and Kenny K’s jigs have all been popular lure choices this week, and the early morning and evening hours have been the best!
Redfish: Redfish continue to be extremely prevalent in the lower part of the bay, especially around the target ship. When you see schools of breaking fish, remember that the Red Drum are most likely under or behind them. Jig with a lure that is heavy enough to get below the small fish at the top! Try our new Rain Minnows with Eel tails from G-Eye Jigs! You can also troll larger sized spoons, red surgical hoses, or the new Rain Minnows at 4-5 knots!
Bluefish: Bluefish are still all over the bay, south of the bridge. Troll spoons, or the new G-Eye Jigs Rain Minnows with Eel Tails on number one or two planers at 6 to 7 knots. Jigging and casting metals into schools of fish and breaking birds is also effective, or you can use cut bait to chunk for them.
Perch: Perch are starting to move towards the mouths of the creeks into deeper water. Spinner like Perch Pounders will work well, along with Sabiki Rigs (especially over hard bottoms!) and blood worms on a bottom rig!
Snakehead: The Snakehead bite is picking up as the water get cooler! If fishing at Blackwater, keep in mind that some areas may be closed for hunting. Paddletail swim baits, Addiction Splatter Baits, Spinners and live minnows are all working well right now. On the western shore, the Little Patuxent is good, but the water levels are low. Move up and down the creek and look for them in the deep pools!
Speckled Trout: The speckled trout bite is still hot down in the Crisfield area of the bay! Catch them in marshy areas around the islands with paddletails!