Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
We’re now into the first week of September…the summer is flying by and will soon come to a close. Now that the Labor Day holiday has passed and the number of boats on the water has and will continue to decrease, this will be the time for serious anglers to hit the water. The new and full moons will offer a great opportunity for fishing as they cause extra high and low tides, so plan your trips accordingly to get the most action. Also, this weekend (Saturday, September 8th) is the awards ceremony for the Maryland Fishing Challenge at Sandy Point State Park. Stop by to see who wins the big cash payout and enjoy plenty of food at the Seafood Festival!
(Photo: Rob Wilhelm sent in this picture to the DNR of his nephew Jeff with a Spanish mackerel they caught together in the lower Potomac River.)
The Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic
20th Annual MSSA Fall Rockfish Tournament
November 17 & 18, 2012
2011 marked the best year in the tournaments long history with 250 boats and a payout in cash and prizes of $93,000.
2012 is looking to be even better with our neighboring states looking to come in and compete against us. Let’s not lose our tournament to Virginia or Delaware or New Jersey!
2011 Top Payouts (Total paid out over $93,000)
Andrew Turner – $43,225 – 42.45 lbs
Steve Dodson – $21,875 – 51.65 lbs
John Patchett – $15,410 – 41.5 lbs
Doug Scott – $8,100 – 41 lbs
How To Register:
Call: MSSA at 410-255-5535
Mail: 8461 Ft. Smallwood Rd., Suite C, Pasadena, MD 21122
Attend one/all of the four Captains meetings
CAPTAINS MEETINGS – (all meetings 6-8pm)
All Captains Meetings will have food and drink available. You may also register for the tournament at these meetings, OR, pick up your Captains Packet if you registered online. Door prizes will be at all meetings courtesy of Alltackle.
November 12th – BOE Marine – Kent Island
November 13th – Commodore Hall – Essex
November 14th – Alltackle – Annapolis
November 15th – Solomons Pier Restaurant – Solomons Island
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MSSA Online OR CALL 410-255-5535
Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports:
Fishing Reports provided by Charlie Taylor:
LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Good catches of flounder, croaker and spot are being taken from all the rock islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Several red drum have also been landed around the Second Island. Inside Lynnhaven Inlet, some flounder, croaker and speckled trout are available. The Fourth Island is yielding taylor blues, triggerfish and sea bass, in addition to the flounder. Good spot and croaker action is available just off Factory Point and at the entrance to the Salt Ponds. Twin Stakes anglers report good bottom fishing for porgy, sea mullet, croaker and an abundance of "yellow-bellied" spot. Good bottom fishing for spot and croaker in the Small Boat Channel, located just off Back River. Some grey trout are showing around Thimble Shoal Light, while flounder action has been best on Plum Tree Bar and around Forts Wool and Monroe. Spot and croaker are also available off Cheatham Annex. The York Spit area is good for taylor blues, while speckled trout are hitting inside Mobjack Bay, around the mouths of the Ware and North Rivers. Cobia are still thick throughout the area, with Bluefish Rock, most bridge pilings and lower bay buoys prime spots.
MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Excellent spot and croaker action at Blackberry Hang, Bluff Point and the Great Wicomico Light. Chummers on the SW Middlegrounds are catching limits of blues to five pounds, limits of stripers to 20 pounds and some keeper flounder on slack tides. Limit catches of Spanish mackerel are being made around Smith Point, in the Cut Channel and around Buoy 62. Good catches of large spot and sea mullet at buoy 79. Some flounder remain around the Smith Point Jetty. Mosquito Point and the R-5 buoy area are favored locations for bottom fishermen this past week. Good speckled trout action has returned to Windmill Point and Hole-in-the-Wall. Large spot are tightly schooled and moving all the time, but anglers are loading up at the mouth of Locklies Creek and at Bowlers Light.
UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Taylor blues, 2-5 pounds, are being caught at Stone Rock and the Sharps Island flats, trolling surgical eels. Spike trout are in the Choptank River, near Chlora Point. Peelers and cut spot produce best. Snapper bluefish are breaking throughout the upper bay, and at the mouths of the Severn and Chester Rivers. White perch, to 12 inches are being caught at the Bay Bridges, Mountain Point bar, Key Bridge, Carroll Island, Hart-Miller Island, Love Point and at creek mouths and oyster bars in the Chester River. Small grey trout are spotty along the Kent Island shoreline. Trolling bucktails, tipped with crab, is the better method.
OCEAN CITY - Flounder are being found near the inlet, off the Route 50 Bridge and the Ocean Pier. Best baits are minnows, cut spot and squid. Snapper bluefish have moved into the Inlet, where cut baits and small spoons are taking the fish. Trout fishing is improving daily, as the water clears, but most are undersized. Surf anglers are fishing cut mullet to fill coolers with 2-3 pound bluefish. Offshore anglers are taking white marlin, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo in the Canyons.
Potomac River Fishing Reports:
Potomac River and freshwater reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the Tidal Potomac, the water is 80 degrees with algae and dead grass in some areas with the full moons and new moons causing extra high and low tides. Bass fishing has been okay…certainly not great.
WASHINGTON DC: if you attack the bridge foundations, you can and will do better than other options here. The better bridges include Long Bridge, Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge where we alternate casts with 4” mizmo tubes and Rapala Thug crankbaits. The Washington Channel dropoff along Fort McNair is still worthy as is Blue Plains and Fox Ferry Point.
The WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE/BELLE HAVEN MARINA: the absence of vegetation is still pretty stingy—and the absence of vegetation accounts for that fact. The river has become quite salty and while that is not a negative for black bass you may want to hose your boat trailer after every use now.
The catfish in this area seem to be sickly, with sores and lesions. The best areas here include a few small areas in Smoot Bay, back end of Broad Creek, Hog Island and Bulltown Cove across from Mount Vernon.
MATTAWOMAN VICINITY: bass fishing inside the creek has improved somewhat and we do best by casting Penrod Special spinnerbaits to shallow wood cover.
Near Smallwood State Park, those grass beds get pounded every day but there are still cooperative bass that tend to like frogs, Magic Stiks and Swimming jigs.
Grass beds on either side of the river south of Mattawoman have been the best bet here. Look for narrows beds and the areas between Chickamuxen and Tugboat Cove has been hot lately.
DEEP CREEK LAKE: Now that the holiday is over this is the time for serious anglers to safely fish areas more thoroughly. The topwater bite for smallmouth bass in the morning is still the deal—but largemouth action has improved and it’s mostly a grass pattern.
More Potomac River reports:
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Smallmouth and largemouth bass are being taken from the Virginia shoreline above Key Bridge on crankbaits and spinnerbaits, but patience and bright colors will be required. Catfish are thick throughout the area, taking cut bait and clam snouts. Crappie are schooled up and biting aggressively on small minnows. In the city, bass are holding on main river structure. Crankbaits and plastic worms are the preferred baits. Some fish are available on outgoing tides on the grass bed along the Fort McNair seawall in Washington Channel. Plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater frogs are the
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Most of the bass action is on main river cover, although the middle of the creeks should be holding many bass as well. The fish are orienting to points, lily pads, grass beds and submerged wood, with grass beds being the preferred cover. Small crankbaits, Senkos and floating plastic worms are the baits of choice. Main river bass are holding on wood cover, dropoffs, points and in grassbeds. Crappie are schooled in the creeks, with live minnows and tiny jigs taking good stringers. Stripers are cruising all over the river. Any crankbait or spinnerbait, fished on the main river, is liable to be slammed by a foraging striper or blue catfish.