Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
September 28th, 2018
As we transition into Roctober, the air has a noticeable chill and smell of fall. Over the last week the live-lining bite continued to stay productive while the topwater bite continued to improve. We are looking forward to a beautiful couple of days in a row after dealing with rain for what seems like forever! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the last little bit of nice weather before we get into the cold wet stuff!
October is a special month in Maryland. Hunters and anglers alike are spoiled with the bounties that Maryland has to offer this time of year. Many anglers call it “Rocktober” because some of the best fishing all year happens this month. This is mostly due to the conditions being ideal, with cool oxygen rich waters from the Susquehanna down to the Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Chumming, Chunking, Live-lining and Jigging are all working really well in the usual hot-spots. Using baits like Live Spot, Soft Crab or Fresh Alewife have been working the best. Areas like channel ledges around Swan, Love, Podickory and Hacketts Points are all good places to start. Casting topwater lures around shallow structure continues to improve this week with several reports of 25″-30″ fish being caught in many of the area’s tidal rivers. Topwater hot-spots have been the rock piles under the Bay Bridge, around submerged structure near the Key Bridge, Thomas Point Light and in 10′ of water or less near the mouths of the tidal rivers in the area.
Trolling has been picking up recently over the last week or so. One of the biggest trends has been the deeper baits are seeing more action. Especially when talking about the better grade of fish. We’re talking about 40′ and deeper along channel ledges in the main bay around the mouths of tidal rivers like the Magothy, Chester, Severn and the Eastern Bay. Run your spreads deep and spread them out! Fish are spread out all over this time of year so bring your patience!
As the water begins to cool, we’re going to find the Perch moving to deeper water. As of this week we are still catching them using small spinners and lures around shallow structure but expect that pattern to slowly transition to deep vertical jigging or fishing bait on hard-shell bottom. You can use Bloodworms, Soft Crab, Razor Clams or Grass Shrimp on top & bottom rigs to catch them in deep water. Some of the hot spots recently have been the Bay Bridge Pilings, hard bottom pockets in 15′ of water near the mouths of the rivers and around shallow structure in 10′ of water or less (for at least a couple more weeks).
Over the last week we’ve had great reports of a mix of Bluefish and Rockfish in the surf as well as few Redfish! Anglers fishing in the inlet have been landing Tautog and Sheepshead with decent regularity. Look to use Sand Fleas and Green Crab as bait for those. Fishing the Rt. 50 Bridge towards the evening will be best to get into some Bluefish and Rockfish as well as a mix of Flounder. To catch the Flounder, look to use White Gulp Mullet on a Bucktail or bottom rigs with Live Minnow.
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