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Fishing Report

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With warm and dry summer weather through the Labor Day weekend, some anglers targeted the bay’s summer species such as Spanish mackerel and red drum, while others have gone back to targeting striped bass. All areas of the Chesapeake Bay and tidal rivers have reopened for striped bass fishing until Dec. 10 with a size limit of 19 inches and a daily bag limit of one fish per angler.

Targeting invasive species such as blue catfish and northern snakehead remains popular.

Forecast Summary: Sept. 9 –

Expect mild but stable temperatures in the low to mid 80s this week, with a chance of rain through Sunday. Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures are stable and holdingat 80 degrees.

Mild days, moderate winds and a chance of thunderstorms will keep conditions similar to last week, with Chesapeake Bay gamefish remaining at similar locations on cooler river mouths or main bay structure during the daytime. However, DNR water monitoring is now showing uniform temperatures from the surface down to the Don’t Fish Below this Depth line in most Maryland bay waters. The only exception is from the Bay Bridge down to the mouth of the Choptank River, where deeper waters are cooler than surface waters. This will result in fish that prefer cool water preferring being able to move more vertically to find suitable oxygen and temperature conditions in many areas. This should help improve first light shallow water fishing conditions when surface water temperatures can be several degrees cooler. For information on Maryland’s bay oxygen conditions, see Maryland’s latest hypoxia report for August. As always, best fishing areas could be further refined by intersecting these cool, oxygenated areas with underwater points, hard bottom, drop-offs, and large schools of baitfish. 

Expect average flows for Maryland rivers and streams. There will be above average tidal currents on Monday and Tuesday as a result of the upcoming new moon Sept.  Expect decreased clarity from algal blooms in the Back, Bush, lower Chester, Choptank, the mouth of the Patapsco, and middle Patuxent rivers. 

To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps.

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Upper Chesapeake Bay

The Susquehanna River is still experiencing low flows from the Conowingo Dam, which has had limited water releases despite being on an afternoon power generation schedule. Anglers are also fishing at the dam pool for a mix of flathead and channel catfish, along with striped bass. On the Susquehanna Flats, anglers are catching a few schoolie striped bass and some keepers.

The tidal rivers, creeks, and shoal areas of the upper bay are holding populations of white perch. Casting beetle spins, spinners, and small spinnerbaits towards shoreline structure, docks, and riprap should produce perch into early October.

Schools of white perch have been found on shoal areas and humps around Swan Point, the 7-foot knoll, the Bay Bridge pilings, and the Severn and Magothy rivers. Bloodworms and Fishbites on bottom rigs and two-hook Chesapeake Sabiki rigs have been catching them. (As a reminder, no more than two hooks per line are allowed in the Maryland section of the Chesapeake Bay). At the 7-foot knoll, Swan Point, and on the pilings, striped bass are mixing in with the perch. There are also white perch and schoolies around the Key Bridge, which is a popular area for Baltimore anglers. Striped bass will also be found on the upper bay lumps. Some early fall topwater action is starting to develop with striped bass in the shallows during early mornings and evenings.

Blue and channel catfish are still spread throughout the upper bay and the tidal rivers. The Chester River holds the greatest concentration of blue catfish and the area from Chestertown up past Crumpton are great places to fish for them. Some of the blue catfish have weighed up to 30 pounds. Fresh cut baits from gizzard shad or white perch continue to produce action. Clam snouts are also a popular bait for channel catfish.

No large numbers of Spanish mackerel were caught in the upper bay, but small snapper bluefish have moved into the area.

Middle Bay

Spanish mackerel have been a bit harder to find but are still being caught in the middle bay. Most of the action has been around the mouth of Eastern Bay, Poplar Island, and south to the CP Buoy, Chesapeake Beach, and Breezy Point. Anglers have been trolling #1 Drone and Clark spoons in gold behind #1 and #2 planers or heavy inline weights at about 7 knots.

A mix of white perch, croaker, small striped bass, snapper bluefish, puppy red drum, and spotted sea trout are entertaining light-tackle anglers fishing spinners and small jigs in the Severn and South rivers.

During September, the breaking fish in the region are generally made up of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and small striped bass chasing bay anchovies. Casting across the breaking fish, allowing your metal jig to sink, and then speed reeling is the preferred method to catch Spanish mackerel on light tackle. Good topwater action was recently found around Poplar Island and the mouth of Eastern Bay on mixed species of breaking fish, including striped bass.

Speckled trout in the shallower shoreline areas have been caught by light-tackle anglers all the way up to the Severn River. Casting soft plastics with spinning tackle or Clousers on a fly rod have been producing fish. Soft plastics in the 4-inch to 5-inch range in pearl and sparkle combinations are popular. Prominent points with good current flow, grass beds, and stump fields are all good places to check out during the morning and evening hours.

Puppy red drum in the inch to inch range are mixing in with white perch from the Patuxent River all the way up to the Severn River. Casting beetle spins, small jigs, and Mr. Twisters with spinning gear or small Clouser flies near shoreline structure will produce puppy drum for the next few weeks until waters cool. Anglers are reminded that there is a slot limit for red drum — the fish must be inches long with a daily bag limit of one.

White perch and catfish offer plenty of action in the tidal rivers and off docks along the bay shoreline. White perch will hit grass shrimp and bloodworms. Channel catfish can be caught with fresh cut bait, clam snouts, or chicken livers. Blue catfish are being caught in the Nanticoke River above Sharptown and in the Choptank River above the Dover Bridge. Blue catfish prefer fresh cut bait, gizzard shad, or white perch chunks.

Lower Bay

An uptick in striped bass action has been reported with the cooling water temperatures. Breaking striped bass have been reported in about 15 feet of water in the mouth of the Patuxent River from the mouth of Town Creek to West Basin. Mackerel and striped bass were found by light-tackle kayak anglers in the lower Patuxent along with white perch, small blues, and cutlassfish.

Spanish mackerel, bluefish, speckled trout, red drum, white perch, and spot have all been providing good action in the lower bay during the past few weeks. If you are searching for mackerel, troll the edges of the shipping channel from the Virginia line north to the middle bay, the shipping channel edge from Buoy 72 south to Buoy 68, and the area from Point Lookout to Cove Point. The standard method is trolling #1 and #2 Drone and Clark spoons in gold behind #1 or #2 planers or heavy inline weights at about 7 knots. Some of the mackerel have been large, in the inch range.

Anglers are encountering breaking fish along the edges of the shipping channel; these fish are mostly a mix of Spanish mackerel and bluefish feeding on bay anchovies. Small striped bass can also be mixed in at times. Anglers are also finding large red drum deep underneath the surface activity, and jigging with large soft plastics or spoons will produce catch-and-release action with these large fish until we get some major cold fronts and cooling water temperatures.

Bottom fishing for a mix of spot, white perch, and a few speckled trout has been excellent in the lower Patuxent River. The Cornfield Harbor area, Tangier Sound, and lower Hoopers Island are all great places to get in on the action. Pieces of bloodworm are the most popular bait but peeler crab can also work well. Flounder are being found on the shoal edges near channels in the Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. Gulp baits and live minnows are popular baits, and kayak anglers can get in on the flounder fishery.

Speckled trout are spread throughout the region with much of the best action found on the eastern side of the bay. Casting soft plastics in pearl and sparkle flash near prominent points, marsh edges, and creek mouths is producing good catches. Drifting peeler crab baits near structure and creek mouths will also catch speckled trout and small red drum.

Cobia fishing within the region has been slowing down with a few reported from south of the Target Ship on trolled hoses (surgical tube lures). The best catches of cobia are coming from Virginia waters closer to the mouth of the bay.

Blue catfish in the tidal Potomac River or the Nanticoke River offer good fishing for those wishing to anchor up or bottom fish from shore. The blue catfish are plentiful and offer good eating. Any kind of fresh oily cut bait works well, with gizzard shad and menhaden being common choices.

Recreational crabbers are enjoying some of the best crabs of the season and this will hopefully get better if salinities remain high. The crabs have ventured up the tidal rivers and as far north as the Sassafras River. Crabbers in the upper bay are reporting catches of a half-bushel to one bushel per outing. In the middle and lower bay, catches of a bushel per outing are common. Razor clams remain the bait of choice whether trotlining or crabbing with collapsible traps. Some of the best crab catches are coming from deep water in the tidal rivers. Catches of large crabs tend to pick up in early October in the rivers as far north as the Severn.

Freshwater Fishing

Boat traffic on Deep Creek Lake will finally quiet down since we are now past the Labor Day holiday. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are best targeted early morning and late evening until waters cool a bit further. Work shallow grass and structure with topwater lures and switch to diving crankbaits and soft plastics during the brighter periods of the day. Crappie are beginning to school up near bridge piers, bluegills can be found near docks, and trout and walleye are deep along the dam wall.

In the upper Potomac River, water levels have been down and very clear, resulting in finicky smallmouth bass. Casting topwater lures near flooded shoreline grass is a good tactic in the early morning hours. Switching to small grubs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits during the day can work well in the deeper parts of the river near ledges and current breaks.

Most trout management waters have been running low and clear, requiring anglers to use stealth and finesse until water levels rise. Terrestrials such as hoppers, ants, beetles, and nymphs under an indicator fly are good choices.

Largemouth bass continue their summer pattern of feeding in the shallows at night, until waters start cooling. Working the shallower grass areas during the early morning hours or late evenings with topwater lures such as frogs and buzzbaits will catch bass.

When fishing tidal waters, northern snakeheads can be encountered in the same areas where largemouth bass are found, especially in the tidal creeks of the lower Potomac, Blackwater, Chicamacomico and Nanticoke rivers. When targeting northern snakeheads, a white paddle tail rigged weedless or white frog lures are effective when worked close to the surface and worked through grass or near fallen branches and brush.

Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays

Anglers in Ocean City should have kingfish action in the surf with pieces of bloodworm until we get some major cold fronts in the area. A mix of spot and croakers are also being caught on bloodworms. Surf fishing with finger mullet or cut mullet will catch bluefish, and flounder can be caught on squid strips.

At the inlet, bluefish are being caught by casting a variety of jigs and metal lures. Flounder were being caught by drifting traditional baits of squid and minnows or by working Gulp baits close to the bottom. Flounder anglers should work the channels and channel edges in the Back Bay. Squid and minnows work well, but the largest flounder are caught while using Gulp baits or live-lining small spot and mullet. Flounder will eventually start moving out of the inlet to deeper areas as waters cool.

The boats heading out to the offshore wreck and reef sites are enjoying good sea bass fishing with some limit catches on most days. There are still numbers of small dolphinfish, also called mahi, being caught from the party boats as a bonus to the sea bass fishing.

The boats trolling at the canyons are catching a mix of white marlin and blue marlin, with some longfin albacore tuna also being reported. September can produce some of the best white marlin fishing of the year as schools bunch up before heading south. Action is expected to be good if the weather cooperates, with several boats reporting multiple releases recently. Limits of small dolphinfish are being caught near lobster buoys, and some large ones are caught by trolling.

Anglers taking their last shots at marlin are reminded that they are required to participate in the catch card and tagging program. Anglers are responsible for completing a catch card when they return to port for each bluefin tuna, billfish, swordfish, or shark on board the vessel. A tag is provided for each completed catch card and the angler is required to place this tag around the tail of the fish before removing it from the vessel. More info can be found on the department’s website

NOAA Fisheries recently implemented new permitting and reporting requirements for recreational tilefish anglers. All recreational vessel operators (including for-hire operators using their vessels on recreational trips) targeting or retaining golden or blueline tilefish from Virginia to Maine are now required to obtain a free permit from NOAA Fisheries and submit electronic vessel trip reports within 24 hours of returning to port. A new app has been released to make the reporting process easy and convenient. Harbor Light Software’s eFin Logbook has been certified by NOAA Fisheries as an approved application through which anglers can report their trips. The app is available for use on all Apple and Android mobile devices.


“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.” — Henry David Thoreau


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The month of October is offering Maryland anglers some of the best fishing opportunities to be found at any time of the year. The fall trout stocking program is in full swing, other freshwater fish are feeding aggressively, and fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay is at its zenith.

As we all know, Maryland has taken numerous conservation measures to protect the Chesapeake Bay striped bass population. Anglers now have an opportunity to comment on striped bass closure period options for summer Comments must be submitted by p.m. on Nov. 3, Read about the options and comment online at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

Forecast Summary: Oct. 21 –

Another beautiful week of Rocktober is ahead of us with stable and sunny to partly cloudy days, low winds, and cool nights, with a chance of rain on Saturday. Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures are holding in the mids and will remain stable this week  Local rivers are cooling faster than bay waters so there will be movement of some fish towards the bay as they prepare for winter in the warmer river mouths or just outside. The bay’s waters have adequate oxygen for Bay fish at all depths. This will result in cool-water preferring fish being able to move throughout the water column. As surface waters continue to cool, deeper waters will remain slightly warmer. As a result of below-normal flows from the Susquehanna River, the main bay salinities are slightly higher than normal. As always, best fishing areas could be further refined by intersecting them with underwater points, hard bottom, drop-offs, and large schools of baitfish.  

Expect average flows for most Maryland rivers and streams except for the lower Potomac and on the lower Eastern Shore. There will be above average tidal currents as a result of the new moon Oct.

Expect temporary reduced clarity from algal blooms on the Northeast, Sassafras, Bush, Back, and upper Nanticoke rivers. To see the latest water clarity conditions, check Eyes on the Bay Satellite Maps.

For more detailed and up-to-date fishing conditions in your area of the bay, be sure to check out Click Before You Cast. Get regular updates on Maryland’s waters sent to your inbox with our Eyes on the Bay newsletter. Sign up online.


Upper Chesapeake Bay

Flows from the Conowingo Dam and the lower Susquehanna River continue to be very low. There have been sparse power generation water releases for several weeks now, causing the river to flow low and clear. There is plenty of striped bass action at the dam pool, the lower river, and the Susquehanna Flats and nearby channel edges. Casting topwater lures in the morning and evening hours is producing a lot of fun catch-and-release action with striped bass just under the minimum length of 19 inches, but just enough larger fish to allow anglers to take one home if they wish.

As the day wears on, casting soft plastic jigs, Rat L Traps, and similar type lures are a good bet along the channel edges near the Flats and in the lower part of the river. This time of the year, large smallmouth bass can be an unexpected surprise when jigging and a real catch-and-release prize.

Large numbers of blue and channel catfish are present in the Susquehanna and the lower Elk and Northeast rivers. Channel catfish can be found most everywhere, but the blue catfish seem to prefer the lower Susquehanna near where it flows into the bay. The area just below the railroad bridge tends to hold quite a few large ones. Fresh cut bait is the most popular bait, especially for the larger blue cats. Clam snouts, cut bait, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver work well for channel catfish.

There is plenty of striped bass fishing action in the upper bay region this week. Anglers are enjoying good trolling and jigging opportunities in many traditional locations. The shipping channel edges are a good place to troll a spread of umbrella rigs and spoons behind inline weights as well as bucktails and diving jerkbaits. Also whenever breaking fish can be spotted, trolling along the outside edges of the action — never through it — is a good tactic.

The mouth of the Patapsco River continues to be an excellent place to troll or jig. The areas around Swan Point and the Love Point rocks are great places to jig when suspended striped bass can be spotted. The fish are moving and can be found on any number of reefs, knolls, and the mouths of the Chester and Magothy rivers.

The Bay Bridge piers are always a good place to check for striped bass and this week is no exception. Casting skirted soft plastic jigs up close to the bridge piers, bridge abutments, and rock piles is usually a worthwhile endeavor. Large white perch can also be found holding near the piers and rock piles at the bridge. Small heavy metal jigs and dropper flies are the way to get to them.

White perch are moving out of the tidal rivers and creeks as water temperatures cool. Anglers are still finding some white perch in the shallower areas and catching them, along with yellow perch, on beetle spins. If the white perch are in deeper waters in the tidal rivers, bottom rigs baited with pieces of bloodworms or dropper rigs with small flies or jigs are the way to get to them.

Middle Bay

Striped bass is spread throughout the middle bay, along the shipping channel edges, and the lower sections of the tidal rivers. The striped bass can be found suspended along channel edges, spotted as breaking fish, or found in shallower areas along the shores in the lower sections of the tidal rivers. A large number of the striped bass being caught are undersized but there are enough keeper fish above 19 inches to make most anglers happy.

Those trolling are mostly pulling umbrella rigs behind inline weights and using spoons or bucktails as trailers. The channel edges along the outside edge at Hackett&#;s, the Gum Thickets, Thomas and Bloody points, Buoy 83, the False Channel, and the western side of the shipping channel from Chesapeake Beach south past Parker’s Creek. Trolling can also be productive in the lower portions of Eastern Bay and the Choptank, Severn, and West rivers.

Light-tackle jigging is offering plenty of action. Spotting diving seagulls and breaking fish offers a lot of excitement and fun when pulling up and casting soft plastic or metal jigs. Many of the breaking striped bass are undersized but there is plenty of fish above 19 inches. A bait in the form of bay anchovies and juvenile menhaden are moving out of the tidal rivers and being swept along by tidal currents where striped bass are waiting.

Striped bass can also be found in the shallower areas in the lower portions of the tidal rivers and bay locations such as Poplar Island. Casting topwater lures, jerkbaits, and soft plastic paddle tails is a wonderful way to fish with light tackle in the quiet of the river shores.

White perch fishing remains good in the tidal rivers and creeks. The perch are moving out into deeper waters but there are still some holding near piers and rocks. Fishing with grass shrimp or pieces of bloodworm is the best way to catch them off piers and docks that are in deeper waters. The white perch that have moved out into the lower sections of the tidal rivers will be found holding over oyster reefs.

Lower Bay

A mix of striped bass, bluefish, speckled trout, white perch, and spot are entertaining lower bay anglers this week. Striped bass is being found in the bay and tidal rivers, as are bluefish and speckled trout. Spot and white perch are being found in the lower sections of the region’s tidal rivers and sounds.

Trolling is good along the shipping channel edges in the main part of the bay and the channel edges in the lower sections of the Potomac, Patuxent, and Tangier Sound. Most are trolling with umbrella rigs behind inline weights with bucktails for trailers. Trolling bucktails, spoons, and hoses are also effective choices. When breaking fish or slicks can be spotted, trolling around the perimeters is a great way to target striped bass and bluefish. Many of the striped bass in the lower bay are undersized but there are enough fish 19 inches and larger for anglers to take a fish home.

Jigging is good for striped bass where they can be found suspended along channel edges in the bay or tidal rivers. Often larger striped bass can be found suspended close to the bottom under breaking fish –which are usually 2-year-old striped bass in the inch to inch size range — and bluefish. Speckled trout can also be a bonus when jigging close to the bottom. Both soft plastic and metal jigs are equally productive choices for jigging.

The shallower waters along the edges of the bay, Tangier Sound, and the lower sections of the tidal rivers are offering good shallow-water action this week. Topwater lures tend to do best in the shallower areas over grass, and jerkbaits, crankbaits, and paddle tails work well in slightly deeper waters around shoreline structure. A mix of speckled trout, striped bass, bluefish, and a few small puppy drum are all part of the mix.

Those wishing to catch some spot are enjoying the best the season has to offer, as the spot is at their season’s best in size and abundance. Spot is a wonderful eating panfish and if large enough can be filleted and they make a wonderful fish sandwich. Pieces of bloodworm on a bottom rig are the most popular bait and method to catch them. The lower Potomac and Patuxent rivers are full of them as is the Tangier Sound area. White perch and speckled trout can often be part of the mix.

Recreational crabbers are still catching blue crabs in the middle and lower bay regions, with a half to a full bushel being common per outing. In the upper bay, there are still crabs being caught, but catches are usually being reported to be a few dozen per outing. Trotlines are still effective and many are reporting catching crabs in 6 feet to 10 feet of water. Collapsible traps offer a good way to crab in deeper waters. Razor clams have been the best bait to use, and they may be cheaper in price now that many commercial crabbers have switched to oystering.

Freshwater Fishing

The fall trout stocking program continues as thousands of trout are being stocked in put-and-take areas each week. The trout program expects to stock approximately 25, fish by the end of October. Do not miss out on the fun and be sure to take a young or inexperienced angler with you. It is one of the best ways to start fishing.

Catchable size trout are not the only trout being stocked this fall. In some of the more suitable trout, habitat waters fingerling sized trout are often stocked. Last month 4, fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in the catch-and-release section of the Youghiogheny River, and 3, fingerling rainbows in the North Branch of the Potomac. It is hoped that many of these small trout will grow to full size on their own.

To learn more about the fall trout stocking program you can also check out the recorded webinar of our recent Maryland Fishing Roundtable. Find this webinar along with other topics on the DNR Fishing Report page of our website.

Fishing at Deep Creek Lake is very good, as cooler water temperatures have caused many fish species to be aggressively feeding. Recreational boat traffic is down also making for a more peaceful experience. Northern pike is being caught in the more open areas of coves, and largemouth bass can now be found in slightly deeper waters holding near structure and drop-offs. Drifting along deep grass lines and fishing with live minnows is a great way to target large yellow perch and walleye. Smallmouth bass can be found along rocky points and any kind of sunken structure. A variety of jigs and small crankbaits that resemble crayfish are excellent baits to use.

The upper Potomac River is still running low and clear this week. Long casts, small lures, and light lines tend to offer the best chance of approaching smallmouth bass that is holding near current breaks, submerged ledges, and large boulders. The grass is declining and breaking up and leaves are falling, which can foul lines.

Largemouth bass fishing in nontidal and tidal waters is excellent. Any remaining grass, lily pads, or spatterdock fields are great places to target with stick worms, soft plastic baits, topwater lures, and jerkbaits. Sunken wood and the edges of drop-offs are great places to work with small crankbaits and jigs that resemble crayfish. In tidal waters, the outside edges of spatterdock fields and feeder creek mouths are good places to cast spinnerbaits.

Fishing for channel and blue catfish are very good this time of the year in the middle to upper sections of the tidal rivers. Blue catfish are very abundant in the tidal Potomac, Patuxent, Susquehanna, and Nanticoke rivers and are expanding into every tidal river feeding into the Chesapeake. Fresh cut bait is hard to beat when fishing for blue catfish.

A summer survey of blue catfish revealed a few things about their feeding habits. All sizes of blue catfish were sampled and a few dietary standouts were menhaden, blue crabs, and crayfish.

Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays

Fishing in the surf for kingfish continues to be very good. Spot is also part of the mix when fishing with pieces of bloodworm. Bluefish are being caught on cut mullet or spot, flounder on squid or spot. A few large red drums are being caught on large cut baits and providing some exciting catch-and-release action.

At the inlet, fishing for flounder is very good as flounder make their way to offshore waters for the winter months. Casting and walking large Gulp baits across the bottom is an excellent way to catch the larger flounder, as is drifting live spot or mullet. Bluefish and striped bass are being caught in the inlet in the morning and evening hours by drifting live or cut baits and casting lures. Sheepshead is being caught along the jetty rocks on sand fleas and pieces of crab.

In the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island, the channels leading towards the inlet are among the better places to fish for flounder. Drifting traditional baits of squid and minnows or white or pink Gulp baits is a good tactic. At the Route 90 Bridge, there is some striped bass action that is mostly caught and released. Most of the striped bass fall short of 28 inches but are fun to catch and release on light tackle. Casting topwater lures and paddle tails in the morning and evening hours is the popular way to fish.

The boats headed out to the offshore wreck and reef sites continue to find limit catches of sea bass for their anglers. Large flounder and triggerfish are also part of the daily catches. Those heading farther offshore to the canyons are catching a few bigeye tuna, but tend to be focusing on fishing the deep for swordfish and blueline tilefish.


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Jan. 1–Feb. 28All Maryland Chesapeake Bay waters and the Potomac River are open to catch and release fishing onlyNo harvestCatch and release only
  • Directed catch and release of striped bass in the Potomac requires barbless hooks.
  • Eels may not be used as bait.
Mar. 1–Mar. 31Chesapeake Bay from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds.No harvest
  • Stinger (trailing) hooks are prohibited.
  • Barbless hooks are required when trolling.
  • Non-offset circle hooks or J hooks with a gap of less than ½ inch are required when using natural bait.
  • No more than 6 lines may be employed while trolling regardless of the number of anglers on board.
Apr. 1–Apr. 30All areas closed to striped bass fishing.CLOSED
  • No catch and release fishing. Attempting to catch striped bass is illegal during this time period.
May 1–May 15Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the MD-VA Line, excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers, except Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound1 fish per person per day
Minimum size 35 inchesMay 16–May 31Chesapeake Bay downstream from a line drawn from the south corner of Hart-Miller Island Dike to the end of MD Route 21 at Tolchester and south to the MD/VA line, excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers. EXCEPT: Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound; Chester River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Hail Point to Long Point to Ferry Point; Patuxent River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Point Patience to the west point of land at the entrance of Little Kingston Creek; and Choptank River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Holland Point to a point of land at the west entrance of Chapel Creek are open.1 fish per person per day
Minimum size is 19 inches
  • See Maps at: dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/SB__regs.aspx
  • Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming; Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait and targeting striped bass, or when using processed baits and targeting striped bass
June 1–July 15All Maryland Chesapeake Bay waters and tributaries open to fishing1 fish per person per day
Minimum size 19 inches
  • See Maps at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/sb__regs.aspx
  • Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming; Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait and targeting striped bass, or when using processed baits and targeting striped bass.
July 16–July 31All areas closed to striped bass fishing.CLOSED
  • No catch and release fishing. Attempting to catch striped bass is illegal during this time period.
August 1–December 10All Maryland Chesapeake Bay waters and tributaries open to fishing1 fish per person per day
Minimum size 19 inches
  • See Maps at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/sb__regs.aspx
  • Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming; Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait and targeting striped bass, or when using processed baits and targeting striped bass.
Dec. 11–Dec. 31Catch and Release only
Sours: https://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/striped-bass
Conowingo Dam fishing 2020

Way North Fishing Reports

Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 22 Update:

There isn’t much better than a crisp, fall morning topwater bite. Right now, anglers reporting in from the Conowingo Dam Pool and Flats are enjoying exactly that. They’ve got a moderately steady bite going on in the mornings, and although anglers who visited Sarge’s Bait and Tackle throughout the week mentioned many fish aren’t hitting the inch mark, the action is making for wonderful mornings. The evening bite hasn’t been bad either, and many guys trying topwater are scoring blowups. From sunrise to sunset, anglers using soft plastics and jerkbaits are also finding some fish along the channel edges, as well as on the Flats and outside the Elk river. Sarge’s reported that pearl and white jerkbaits are favorites, and that some boats can be found livelining. Overall, the fall striper bite appears to be holding up in northern waters for now and there are plenty of good options for anglers to try if one method isn’t panning out.

woman caught a striped bass

Catfish, however, seldom need a backup plan. The amount of cats up north recently has been described as “obnoxious” by more than a few anglers, in part because they make bait fishing for anything else near impossible, and partially due to blue and flathead catfish being invasive. They gobble up our favorite native species, including blue crabs and the menhaden that support striped bass populations. Here’s the ray of sunshine— you can do your part to eliminate these invasive critters (and bait stealers…) by GOING FISHING!!! There’s your reason to be on the water this week: conservation. If you’d like to chase catfish, the Conowingo Dam on down has plenty of them and they can be located throughout the river. Simply popping fresh cut gizzard shad, menhaden, or chicken liver on the bottom and soaking it is a great way to get them to bite.

Sarge’s also let us know that white perch are opting to stick to hard-bottomed areas, and can be found at the river mouths. The bite has generally been good, especially throughout hard bottomed areas and creeks near the Susquehanna’s mouth. The usual bloodworms or FishBites on a bottom rig is a classic favorite.


Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 15 Update:

As water clarity is steadily improving, so is fishing in the northern-most waters of our Bay. One reader let us know that the Susquehanna Flats is not only producing lots of catfish on cut bait, it’s producing them up into the pound range — and sometimes two at a time. Northern catfish also proved to be a winner for the Chesapeake Fishing Open, which Matt Shoultz nailed down with a stringer of three big catfish totaling inches. He noted that they fished slightly north of Wharton Creek and found a shoal where the waves broke then the bottom dropped to 50 feet, and that’s where the monster blues were lurking. Clyde’s mentioned that the catfish bite in the Conowingo Dam has been excellent as well, with reports of cats in the plus inch range. They suggested using cut gizzard shad, chicken liver, or fresh cut bunker.

catfish are biting

While stripers aren’t holding up to the cats size-wise, they’re giving anglers plenty of action across the Flats. Clyde’s and Herb’s both reported that the morning and evening topwater bites have been active. Anglers are getting plenty of blowups despite most of the fish missing keeper mark, however, Herb’s did report that they had a few guys in the shop this week that did manage to get into some keepers on topwater. Topwater catches in the Dam pool this week mostly consisted of undersized schoolies as well. Some reports also came in from guys and gals hitting the channel edges to liveline eels, who let us know that the fishing wasn’t anything to write home about, but made for a fun day. Livelining with eels overall has seemed to be a pretty good bet for anglers, although the bites are slow at times.

White perch are finally reviving a bit for the season — this week we heard of good catches in the creeks and over hard bottoms. Herb’s suggested small Perch Pounders, or bottom rigs with bloodworm or FishBites.


Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 8 Update:

*We apologize for the light reports this week, but due to exhibiting at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis (come see us this weekend at booth F7) and some personal matters we have not been able to gather as much intel as usual. Stay tuned for next week’s reports!

Sarge’s reported a good striped bass bite in the Upper Bay using bloodworms and eels. Crabbers are still filling their bushel baskets and anglers are reportedly catching snakehead fishing with live shiners. Tochtermans let us know that the walleye are starting to bite up the Susquehanna near the Conowingo.

chesapeake bay blue catfish

Herb’s Tackle Shop said that anglers are catching plenty of stripers and white perch now the water has cooled off in the flats. Many reports of northern snakeheads being caught all around the susky. They also said that catfish quite simply, are everywhere. Channels and blue cats are being caught on the edge of the flats from Rocky Point up to Perryville using fresh cut bait white perch and bunker.


Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 1 Update:

If you want a sure thing, the Elk River and/or Turkey Point is the place to be and cut fish or chicken livers are the offering for chunky catfish. We had a couple of reader reports of nonstop catfish action from the area this week and we’d expect that bite to remain as reliable as any on the Bay for the near future. Same goes for the edges within sight of the Route 95 bridge, another catfish destination that rarely disappoints.

catfish angling

Meanwhile the flats continue to suffer from cloudy water, though it is improving by the day and should continue to do so unless we get hit with another big rain. If you visit the area and find turbidity above your liking, heading south and east a bit is the move. We got word from a reader that the Sassafras is holding good numbers of stripers in the shallows, and although most are undersized fish, keepers do pop up here and there.

Sours: https://www.fishtalkmag.com/fishing-reports/way-north

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