The rain that we encountered this week will most definitely have an impact on fishing this weekend. Prior to the rain, fishing was great all over the bay! Hopefully things will settle down over the next few days and the bite will pick back up!
Rockfish: There has been an excellent live lining bite at the Bay Bridge! There are spot on all of the pilings, so they are very easy to catch using Chesapeake Sabiki rigs tipped with worms or fish bites! Live lining those spot has been producing nice sized fish up to 25-30 inches! The jigging bite continues to be productive from Tolchester down to Thomas Point, and the early morning and evening bite in all of the rivers, especially the Severn, Magothy and Patapsco has also been productive. Fall trolling is starting to pick up as well. Use spoons, spoonbrella rigs or smaller profile tandems and umbrellas and troll the channel edges and mouths of the rivers.
Mackerel and Bluefish: Prior to the rain Spanish Mackerel were still being reported as far north as the mouth of the Severn! Try trolling past Thomas Point to Eastern Bay down to Poplar Island. Of course, they can be found further south too! Remember that trolling right through breaking fish will push the fish down, so try to troll around them instead! You can also chase breaking fish and birds and cast metal jigs. Remember that you will need to reel as quickly as possible! Bluefish can be caught using the same methods and are being caught even further north, up to the Bay Bridge.
Redfish: If you are fishing south of Eastern Bay, you want to be aware of bull redfish that might be hanging out below the schools of breaking fish! Jig for them using larger 7″ plastics! You can also drop peeler crab on the bottom. There are smaller puppy drum in the shallows as far north as Thomas Point. These smaller puppy drum can be caught using 3 or 4 inch paddletails on 1/4 oz jigheads.
Speckled Trout: There have still been reports of a good speckled trout bite around Sharp’s Light, the mouth of the Choptank, and mouth of the Patuxent and the Potomac! They will often be in deeper water in this warmer weather, but look for them in shallow in the very early morning hours.
Cobia: Lots of cobia are still being caught sight casting, chumming alewife or trolling surgical hoses around the Target Ship. We expect this bite to continue for the next few weeks!
Crabbing: Reports of crabbing in the western shore rivers have been good! You will still want to run traps/lines in deeper water, 6-8 feet.