bay fishing report

Try rigging a small feather jig or Clouser behind your plug for added success!


Fishing Report for Chesapeake Bay


The top water bite is in full swing! Look to pick up nice size Rock in the shallows around the mouths of the rivers/creeks in the early morning and late afternoon. Best lures have been Bomber Who Dat’s, Rattle Traps, and Smack-It Jr’s… *Try rigging a small feather jig or Clouser behind your plug for added success!

The chumming bite has also been heating up. Colder temperatures have the Rockfish schooling up and feeding heavy for the winter. Best bet is fishing fresh cut alewife on the bottom in about 20-35’ of water. Hackets, Podicory, and Bloody Pt. have all been producing nice size fish.

Trolling also remains solid. With Bluefish moving out of the Upper Bay most anglers have been dragging Umbrellas rigged with parachutes, Tsunami Tandem Rigs, and Bucktail Tandem Rigs. Look to target schools off the channel edges anywhere from 20-40’ of water. * Big Winter Rock are starting to head up the Bay!


White Perch have moved out to deeper water. Look to jig sabikis/bucktails or fish bait on the bottom around the drops at mouths of the rivers or around structure at the Bay Bridge.


While the season is coming to end you can still find some nice crabs in deeper water with pull traps or trotline.

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