Rockfish: Topwater fishing and jigging for rockfish has really picked up all over the bay! Fish shallow water in the early morning or evening hours to catch the most fish! Some hot spots are the Severn River, between the two bridges and along side of the Naval Academy, and the Patapsco River near the Key Bridge. The Patapsco has a lot of areas where there is shallow water that drops off to deeper water, which is ideal. Hacketts and the rocks around the Thomas Point Light House have been productive too, along with the mouth of the Magothy River, Podickory Point and the Baltimore Light. Kent Narrows and shallow areas of the Chester River have been good Eastern Shore spots!
Spanish Mackerel: Large sized mackerel are still being caught everywhere south of the Bay Bridge and in the Severn River! Troll south from Hacketts to hit the hot spots like Tolly Point and Thomas Point. Troll smaller sized spoons on number one or two planers, and cast metal jigs into breaking fish! Remember that you want to troll at about 6-8 mph. If you are catching a lot of small rockfish you may need to speed up!
Bluefish: Very similar to mackerel, we are seeing an impressive number of large bluefish being caught all over the bay! Trolling and casting metal jigs are both effective for this species as well!
Spotted Sea Trout: The bite in the Crisfield area around all of the island continues to be excellent! Fish weedless paddletails in the shallow, grassy areas. Point Lookout has been especially good for a number of species!
Northern Snakehead: Snakehead fishing is picking back up as water temperatures cool down. Blackwater is, of course, a hot spot, but you can also catch them in the Patuxent, especially in the creeks anywhere from Odenton down to Solomons. We are seeing a lot of big Snakehead coming out of the Potomac as well! Live-lining minnows will be your best bet if fishing from shore. From a boat, try chatterbaits and curly tailed paddletails! The morning bite seems to be best right now!