Left: Erick Fritz and family caught Mackerel, Rockfish and Bluefish on their annual “American Made” fishing in remembrance of 9/11. They were trolling Clarkspoons and Drone Spoons. Right: Landon Cooley caught his first Spanish Mackerel with a Gold Clarkspoon!

Spanish Mackerel: Mackerel seems to be the hottest fish to target in our mid-bay area! They are being caught just about everywhere including near the bay bridge and in the Severn River. Your best bet for more fish and larger sized fish is still going to be south towards Chesapeake Beach and Poplar Island. Metal casting lures such as G-Eye Jigs and Hopkins Spoons are proving to be very effective, but you will catch more fish by trolling with spoons and number one or two planers. As always, look for the birds and troll between 7 and 8 knots.

Bluefish: Bluefish are also being caught near the bridge and in the rivers! As with Mackerel though, trolling for them a little further south will produce bigger fish and more fish! Spoons are working very well for this species too. From a pier, you can fish for them with cut spot.

Rockfish: Large rockfish are still being caught near the bridge, but we are seeing bigger concentrations of them further north from Poole’s Island down to Hodges Bar and the Seven Foot Knoll. The Key Bridge Area of the Patapsco is also producing large fish. Many fisherman are drifting live eels, and live-lining spot continues to be effective. We are seeing more people trolling and jigging (use 1/2-3/4 oz jigs) particularly near Hodges Bar. The top water bite is really heating up too, especially around structure near the Seven Foot Knoll and in all of the rivers!
You best bet for shore fishing is to use soft crab or peeler crab at Kent Narrows, or top water at Thomas Point Park.

Spotted Sea Trout: It has been exciting to see some spotted trout being caught as far north as the mouth of the Severn and in the South River! Large, keeper size trout in higher numbers will be found down in the Crisfield area around all of the islands. Fish for them in shallow, marshy areas with a four 4 inch swim bait and a 1/4 oz weedless swim bait hook.

Redfish: Redfish are schooling as far north as Chesapeake Beach. The best spots are near Crisfield, Point Lookout and the Target ships. Cast large, heavier spoons and jigs into schools of fish.

Cobia: The best place for Cobia is also the Crisfield, Point Lookout and Target ship area. Troll for them with number 3 planers and red surgical hoses.

Perch: Large perch are still very prevalent near all structure! Perch pounders and Chesapeake Sabiki rigs continue to be very popular!

Crabbing: Crabbing just keeps getting better and better! Both chicken necks and razor clams in the early morning hours will catch large crabs!