Image: Left: Steve Esmacher caught this Puppy Drum the whole way up in the Pataspco River near the Key Bridge! He was jigging a 3/8 oz Kastmaster. Right: Jack Laye caught this rockfish on a swim shad near the mouth of the South River.
Rockfish: Rockfish are being caught all over the bay in a variety of different ways! Try top water lures in the early morning and evening around points, troll spoons on number 1 or 2 planers, or troll tandem rigs over channel ledges! The jigging bite above the bridge at Love Point, Seven Foot Knoll and Belvedere Shoals has also been hot! Chumming with fresh alewife at any of the points is also a good option, and spot are very easy to catch for live lining right now!
Mackerel/Bluefish: We are getting reports of Mackerel being back in the mid bay area, even in the Severn River! The largest concentrations of them will still likely be further south from Poplar Island or Chesapeake Beach down to the lower bay. Troll spoons on number 1 planers between 7-9 knots, or cast metal jigs or casting spoons. Bluefish are in the mix and can be caught using the same methods.
Perch/Spot: Perch really are everywhere! Look for them over hard bottoms and oyster beds and bottom fish with blood worms or grass shrimp, or use a two-hook sabiki rig. In the rivers and creeks, a small spinner or small rat-l-trap cast toward shoreline or structure will work great!! Bottom fishing for spot with bloodworms and grass shrimp in the main bay or near the mouths of the rivers is also successful. Jonas Green on the Severn River would be a great shore fishing spot for both perch and spot.
Please note: in the video we mention receiving perch pounders. Believe it or not, they have already sold out! We have a number of different perch lure options available though. Check with our pro-staff for their favorites!
Red Drum: The reports of puppy drum in the mid bay area continue to increase! They are being caught in the South River, the Severn River, from shore at Sandy Point, and even in the Patapsco. Many of them are nearing keeper size (18-27 inches). Fish for them with spinners, or soft crab. Bigger Bull Reds are still further south, and can be caught in the Tangier Sound using soft crab or peeler crab!
Speckled Trout: Speckled trout have been caught in both the South River and in Eastern Bay! Your chances of catching them will of course increase as you head south though. Look for rocky shoreline or grass beds and use a small 1/4 oz jig head with a paddletail.
Crabbing: Crabbing is outstanding just about everywhere right now! Both traps and trotline with chicken necks or razor clams are working well, and we’ve heard great reports from the Severn, the Magothy, the South River, Eastern Bay and the Choptank!