Fishing Reports

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Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, February 23 Update:  Fishing reports out of Ocean City and along the coast have been slim to none this past week. The weather has likely had a big part in that as windy conditions and cold temperatures returned, making it feel more like the Februarys we are used to. That said, the tog fishing at the nearshore wreck and reef sites has been decent this winter with boats pulling out some big fish every week. If you can get out during the weather windows, there… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, February 23 Update: It is getting to be that time of year where the yellow perch are getting ready to spawn but reports have been slow to come in, so it seems that the spawning run hasn’t kicked off just yet. We had a report from a reader fishing the upper Patuxent River near Jug Bay with minnow. He found plenty of catfish and a good number of largemouth bass, but no perch. The good news is that the extended forecast is calling for some warmer temperatures, so it… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Despite the cold and wind there are still anglers out searching for a bite this time of year. We had a report from an angler in the lower Susquehanna who was out targeting smallmouth bass. They managed to catch some nice fish in the three-to-four-pound range but did not disclose where or how deep they were fishing. Since water temperatures are still very cold, the fish will likely be holding in deeper water near drop offs and rocky… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, February 23 Update: It is feeling a lot more like winter this week as colder temperatures have moved back into the region. Cold weather may keep some of us indoors, but hardcore anglers will hit the water no matter the conditions, and a few are taking advantage of catch and release striped bass opportunities in the Patapsco River. The bite has been hit and miss, but if you have enough patience, you should be able to locate some fish. One angler reported… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Late February has brought with it some very cold temperatures this week. Fishing is a grind this time of year and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring to bring on more fishing opportunities. We had a reader report of some solid success looking for C&R rock in the Middle Bay zone, and though he said it’s been taking some searching including some previous fishless days, casting seven-inch plastics on a one-ounce head… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Big blue catfish have been keeping anglers busy in the Lower Bay rivers with some monsters being caught this week. Captain Mike from Apex Predators guide service checked in to let us know that the cats are biting on the Potomac. He was able to land 35, 45, and 61 pounders during a trip this week. We also saw a report from an angler fishing the upper Potomac in D.C. waters who caught a 77-pound blue cat while fishing at night in the area… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Winter temperatures that we usually see in February returned to the region this week which had anglers bundling up when hitting the water. Sea Hawk Sports Center checked in and let us know that Pocomoke pan fishing has been keeping the wintertime woes at bay. Crappie, yellow perch, and pickerel have all been biting. They said the best bite has been during the ebb tide in depths of four to 15 feet. Small two-inch… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Fishing has been slower this week as colder temperatures have moved back into the region. Other than the boats heading into the ocean from Virginia Beach for the black sea bass bite, which has continued to be excellent, reports from area anglers were essentially nonexistent this week. Speckled trout, red drum, and striped bass should all be available in the tidal tributaries and inlets to some degree, but it will likely take some… Read more from Way South...