Maryland Fishing Report
October 26th, 2018
Fishing this past week was pretty decent before and after the stormy conditions came through and we expect the next week to be the same. With fall patterns in full swing, we are experiencing days with cool clear conditions and days with lots of rain and steady winds. Look to find fish spread all over the Bay from Love Point down past Point Lookout and the state line. The better bite this week was trolling around the mouths of rivers on an outgoing tide towards the evening and we expect this to continue for the next few weeks.
The Fall trolling pattern was in full swing this week with reports of decent fish being caught in/around the mouth of the Eastern Bay, along the channel ledges near Thomas Point Lighthouse, near Buoy 83a and just outside Cove Point. 15″ umbrellas with 6″ Holographic Green, Chartreuse or White Shads have been working well. As have spoonbrellas with Green, Red or Silver teasers. We’ve also had reports of Anglers trolling 3/4oz-1.5oz G-Eye jigs with paddletail soft plastic shads in 15′ of water or less and catching 50+ 22″ fish in an hour or so.
Water temps in/around the upper bay have been dropping with the cooler temps. Because of this, we’re seeing the topwater bite pick up. In the Annapolis area, water temps are holding in the lower 60º range at 63º. Expect the shallow topwater bite to continue to be good early in the mornings or later in the evenings around sunset. Target shallow water that has submerged structure like stumps, pilings, oyster bottoms or rocks. Ideal areas will have easy access to deeper water, especially near mouths of tidal rivers where all the bait is coming from. Topwater baits like the Lonely Angler Spooks or Poppers, YoZuri 3D Popper, or Smack-its will all work really well.
We’re anticipating Jigging in many of these same areas will be good for the next few weeks as well. Areas like the Key Bridge, Bay Bridge pilings, Channel ledges around the mouths of the rivers and transition points from shallow to deep water access. Look to use 1/2oz-1oz jigs paired with 4″-7″ soft plastic trailers. The size of the jig and trailer should be adjusted depending on the water depth and bait thats around. Productive colors have been Chartreuse, Bunker and White.
The Chumming bite has been hit or miss lately but we’re still getting reports of decent fish being caught in many of the typical spots. Areas like Love Point, Swan Point, Podickory Point and Sandy Point. With no Spot left due to the cold water temps, look to live-line Eels or chunk fresh or frozen Alewife in 25′-35′ of water. Live lining Eels around the bridge pilings under the Key or Bay Bridges has been a good way to land a better grade of fish.
The Perch bite is going strong especially in the tidal creeks and rivers in this area. Slow moving jigs or shad darts tipped with live bait like Bloodworms, Minnows or Nightcrawlers will catch some fish. Target areas like Tuckahoe Creek, Chester River and the Choptank River. Especially areas with submerged structure and deeper water pockets. The VMC Hotskirt Jigs are a great lure to try out either with a bare hook under a bobber or with live bait trailers and no float.
Cold water months are prime for Pickerel fishing in the Chesapeake region. The tidal creeks and streams can be loaded with these toothy dragons during the cooler fall/winter months. Look to target them with live Minnows on either a hook or as a trailer on the back of a spoon. Tuckahoe Creek, Wye Mills, Unicorn Lake and other tributaries on the Eastern Shore all hold a good amount of Pickerel.
Maryland DNR has been stocking Trout for the past month now and anglers are enjoying catching them regularly. Many of the put and take trout areas have been stocked with Rainbow, Brown and a few Golden Trout. Catching them can be easy with a worm on a hook, under a bobber. Fly anglers are landing them with bead head nymphs and dry flies. For a complete list and locations of the trout stocking areas, check out the DNR Stocking Map here.
These next two weeks are pretty much the end of the crabbing season. With the temperature dropping, the crabs are starting their winter preparation by burrowing into the muddy bottom. This past week was reported to be a great week for crabbing. Lots of heavy, fat crabs were caught in 10′-15′ of water with Razor Clams. The best time to crab is during an outgoing tide near weed beds.
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