Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
Bigger fall fish are starting to show up in and around the main channel of the bay in 30 to 50 feet of water trolling 17 tony spoons and big mojos in the 16 to 24 oz range, color preference has been chartreuse with the rainfall we’ve received in the past week. Topwater bite is still hot among Hacketts point, Gibson Island, and pretty much all the rivers in shallow on an incoming tide. Expect fish to be in the 15 to 24 inch range. Live-lining eels at Hacketts as well as chumming has been confirmed to still be the preferred bait for rockfish. Look for hard bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Jigging is still also producing good fish along channel edges and at the Bay Bridge as fish feed on peanut bunker in 10 to 30 foot of water, use gold sting silvers and P-line jigs.
They are starting to stage up to move down the bay back into the ocean, however plenty are still being caught while chumming for rockfish along hacketts, tollys, and Thomas point. Trolling is still producing with small to medium size Tony spoons.
The creeks are still swarming with Perch, it won’t be long before they start staging for the winter. Creeks off the Severn and Magothy have been on fire using small jigs tipped with minnows and bloodworms. Along Whitehall bay and the mouth of the Severn River you can find these little guys in about 10 to 15 feet of water using razor clams, minnows, bloodworms, or nightcrawlers.
Slowly as it has been all year it is starting to come a screeching halt, crabs are starting to move deeper. There still have been a decent numbers of crabs being caught trot-lining or trapping with razor clams anywhere from 6 to 15 feet of water in and around the Narrows and Eastern Bay as well as the Severn and South River.
Big pickerel are starting to show up in the creeks in 3 to 7 foot of water. Use shad darts with minnows, Mepps spoons, and Berts Perch Pounders. The color preference has been chartreuse with a gold blade.
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