Left: Nick Farabaugh caught this 27 inch Spanish Mackerel trolling spoons near Solomons Island! Right: Tim Kirschner caught a nice one on the first day that Rockfish season reopened!
Rockfish: Rockfish season is back on! The bite seems to be best from the bridge north, with the rock piles, Swan Point and the Seven Foot Knoll being good spots! We are also hearing great reports from inside of all of the rivers, especially the Patapsco! Topwater fishing in shallow water at first light and in the evening has been quite successful. Later in the day, switch to any method of fishing that you prefer. The fish are spread out enough that it’s all working! Jigging, trolling, paddletails, crank baits, live lining and fishing with soft crabs are all options!
Spanish Mackerel/Bluefish: For the most part, Spanish Mackerel are now being caught from Poplar Island south. Trolling spoons on #1 or #2 planers is still a popular way to target them, along with casting metal jigs. Bluefish are in the mix and can be caught with the same methods. Bluefish will be found further north than mackerel, up to the bay bridge.
Panfish: You can catch both White Perch and Spot just about anywhere that you care to fish for them! Fish from any pier with grass shrimp, bloodworms, razor clams, or fish bites, use a bottom rig over hard bottom in the main bay or in deeper parts of the rivers, or cast spinners shallow waters and up in the creeks. We are hearing great reports of some BIG spot finally coming in! Croaker however are all still very small in size.
Red Drum (Redfish): We are getting a lot of reports of “puppy drum” being caught around the Annapolis area! Several have been caught from Jonas Green Park on the Severn. They are often caught while perch fishing, and are typically short of keeper size, which is 18-27 inches. Target them around rocky points with a small paddletail, or use soft crab! The large red drum bite down south has slowed down some. They are still there, but you may need to cover more ground to find them.
Speckled Trout: Speckled trout are being caught the whole way up to the South River! Use small paddletails on light jigheads around rocky points and grass beds. Early morning before the water heats up is the best time! You will catch rockfish with the same method, so give it a try! You never know where you might find them!
Snakehead: Snakehead fishing was great this week!! Topwater frogs or mice and soft white plastics were some of the popular lures in the Blackwater area. The Bush River and the Flats are also productive. The Severn River and the Magothy River are holding snakehead but it’s difficult to get them to bite lures, so bow fishing is still the most popular method to target them there.