Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
The upper bay tidal rivers are seeing good numbers of white perch. Anglers trolling near the channel edges of Love Point and Magothy River for stripers and bluefish are having limited success. It seems that the action is near the Bay Bridge Piers with reports of some nice stripers. Good numbers of bluefish, stripers and Spanish macks can be found in the middle bay region along the channels edges. The changing water temperatures are putting fish on the move; larger white perch are moving to deeper areas of the tidal rivers. However, light tackle anglers will still find good fishing in the shallower waters of the tidal rivers casting spinners and jigs. In the lower bay region the stripers, Spanish macks and bluefish are still active chasing bay anchovies; Anglers will have success trolling red surgical tube lures behind planers and inline weights and trolling small spoons.
(Photo: Dedicated Tidal Fish Poster mdfish pictured here with a rockfish reports that he “was out in E-bay 9-13 and the better fish were in crab alley and E-bay between Prospect Bay water tower and the mouth of E-bay”)
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:
The following Middle Maryland Chesapeake Bay report is from Breezy Point Marina:
This week the fishing has been above average from past weeks, the only problem has been the weather. The macks have been hanging in there for us. Most of the boats have come in with 10 to 15 macks and the rest of the box filled with bluefish. The stripers remain very small but there are a lot of them.
There are reports of a couple strangers in town. There was a very nice 22" speckled trout caught on Labor Day. Also in the same week, some very nice red drum showed up. All-in-all, fishing is good at Breezy Point!
The following Lower Maryland Chesapeake Bay report is from Captain Sonney Forrest:
We have seen the fish appear at the Cedar Point area over the last week or so. Those that fished it with me know how good it was jigging and casting to them. Rockfish and blues mixed in together. The Stripers for the most part are 16 to 18 inches, but catching as many as we did you do get keepers. The Blues are 2 to 3 pounds and on light tackle it will wear you out. If you troll the schools as some do, you can catch and pull on fish and even get more Blues because of more rods used. But to play a Bluefish on a jig is a memory and a sore forearm by day’s end. There are Spanish still here but they will be going soon, as the first cool weather shows up. The days are getting shorter, so it is coming, now is the time to get them.
I am still catching fish on the shore near structure and believe they are getting larger. I have caught a few 16 to 18 inch Red Drum as well. The Perch are still holding along the shore line so casting for them is working. When the water cools Perch will more to deeper waters to spawn.
Flounder are still invisible to all, one die hard I know tried all the known drop off/edges and took no fish home. Trout are in the Honga River and Marsh Islands or caught bottom fishing near the sound. That is an all day trip over there.
So for now we are catching Schooling Stripers and Bluefish, casting and jigging. My hopes are this weather change does not change the fishing except to improve it more.
Fishing Reports provided by Charlie Taylor:
MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Bluefish, 2-5 pounds, and stripers are providing the best action for chummers on the Southwest Middlegrounds. Mixed in the chum lines are sea bass, Spanish mackerel, pan trout, flounder, tautog and oyster toads. Sea trout are located all over the Tangier Wrecks, taking peeler crab, bloodworms and squid. Puppy drum are still located around the Smith Point Jetty and Lighthouse. Some fish are also being taken around the nearby marsh grass. Good catches of spot and croaker are coming in from the N-2 and C-79 Buoys. Spanish mackerel have been replaced by taylor blues at the mouth of the Rappahannock River and at the Cell. Speckled trout continue to provide good sport off Windmill Point, while puppy drum catches are declining. Several good catches of 2-4 pound flounder were made east of Buoy 42 and just north of the Cell. Good catches of jumbo spot near the White Stone Bridge. More pan trout are showing in the river and fair catches of flounder continue to be made.
UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Large schools of bluefish and stripers are found throughout the upper bay, with surface feeding occurring near Kent Island, Key Bridge on the Patapsco River, Forts Smallwood and McHenry, Sharps Island Light, Hooper Island Light, Hooper Straits and the mouth of the Little Choptank River. Spot, sea trout, flounder and a few croaker are plentiful throughout the upper bay.
OCEAN CITY - Offshore boats are finding yellowfin tuna and small dolphin in Poormans Canyon. Billfishing is slow, with very few sightings. A few sea trout are still being caught around the jetties, but taylor blues are providing most of the action.
Potomac River Fishing Reports:
Potomac River and freshwater reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the tidal Potomac, the river has been dominated by FLW Tournament traffic all week but by Saturday there were only 10 competitors—and their legions of followers.
WASHINGTON DC VICINITY: this area is always the area to go to when the river is in tournament-mode. The boat traffic is horrible but that just stirs-up the food source. The Gravely Point launch is a good one and there is parking big-time.
The absence of SAV, either planned or natural, diminishes the target pattern but a savvy angler with Lowrance Structure Scan can pick and choose areas with excellent results.
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE/BELLE HAVEN MARINA VICINITY: bass fishing has been less than desirable so we have been elsewhere—but we near the water temperature when this area “turns on.” There is scant SAV here, and that’s OK, but the traditional submersed hard-cover is a magnet.
The drop-offs near channel markers , HogIsland, Fox Ferry and Smoot Bay are good crankbait stops and the WWB barges, bridge foundation remnants and Fort Washington lighthouse hold bass that just never leave.
To the south, Bulltown Cove, south shore of Pohick Bay, feeder creeks in Hallowing Cove and Pomonkey Creek may be the best of the best. I like Penrod Special spinnerbaits, Case Stiks and buzzbaits.
MATTAWOMAN CREEK VICINITY: the creek is stingy and there are bass to catch out-front at Grinders, Burn Point and LongBay. On the main stem, look for small, narrow grass beds on either side, especially outside of the bigger bays.
DEEP CREEK LAKE: This is a good lake, a very good fishery, and while most rate her from summertime experience, the locals know her potential is excellent when the skiers go home, the water temp cools and the boat traffic is but 10% of summer normal.
We have the two most knowledgeable guides in the state working this water so take advantage of lower motel rates and better fishing. Call us. The fishing improves each day.
Smallmouth bass and vicious topwater strikes have been the norm all year—and it gets better, The guys work this pattern until the sun is high, then they move to submersed grass edges and work on the largemouth the rest of the day.
POCOMOKE RIVER: Of all the great tidal waters/rivers in the Chesapeake Bay system, this is my 2nd choice of them all—and as far as boat traffic; it’s the best for anglers. The launch sites are superb with Shad Landing, upriver of Pocomoke City, the “peal.” The bass are not as large as they grow in the Potomac but the numbers are good. The X-Factor here is the abundance of potential habitat. You can virtually fish for 10-miles, in good habitat, without the use of your outboard motor.
More Potomac River reports:
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Some smallmouth bass are being taken above Fletcher's Cove by anglers using topwater baits around dawn. Stripers are also available in the main channel above Fletcher's Cove. Some catfish are taking bottom baits. The Virginia shoreline from Chain Bridge to Key Bridge and the rock ledges behind Roosevelt Island are giving up smallmouth bass for anglers using
small crankbaits. Occasional walleye are taking bottom drifted minnows in the Three Sisters Island area. Largemouth bass action is centered along the Virginia shoreline from Memorial Bridge to National Airport, the main river bridge pilings, Blue Plains discharge and manmade cover near deep water.
Some striper action on the War College Wall drop-off, Haines Point and the southern shore of National Airport.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Largemouth bass are primarily orienting to the main river drop-offs, wood cover and vegetation. Lily pads and grass beds are holding good numbers of bass for anglers willing to fish them. Buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits on high tides and plastic worms and jig 'n pig on lower tides are the ticket. Drop-offs are still producing well on deep diving crankbaits, plastic worms and jig 'n pig. Grass beds in the creeks and along the main river are producing well on plastic frogs, floating worms and plastic jerk baits. Submerged wood cover is
producing well on outgoing tides. This would include docks, old pilings, barges, fallen trees and hanging brush. Fish a small plastic worm, allowing the tide to sweep the bait alongside the cover. Catfish are available on flats adjacent to deeper water and in the main river and creek channels. Cut
bait, live minnows and clam snouts are the better baits. Crappie are schooled and taking live minnows and tiny jigs. Lots of resident schools of juvenile stripers are found south of Swan Creek. Once a school is found, fish 1/2 oz. Rattling Spots or Rapala Glass Minnows. This catch and release fishing can
produce upwards of 50 fish per person in a couple of hours. Be very careful of the flying treble hooks.