Fishing Reports

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Coastal Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Along the beaches, the rough conditions last week have taken a toll. The Oversand Vehicle (OSV) area on Assateague in Maryland has been temporarily shut down due to scouring and the loss of OSV boundary markers. The stormy weather last weekend followed by days of high winds did some serious damage, and according to an announcement made via the Assateague Island National Seashore Facebook page, the area will remain closed at least up to tomorrow (Saturday… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, May 13 Update: The bass spawn is on in many areas and at least partially complete in some smaller ponds and lakes with higher water temps, and several readers let us know that casting the shorelines had proved productive this week. Contributor Eric Packard hit sweetwater midweek, and says that after all that wind finally gave it a break the fish were in feeding mode; squarebill crankbaits, jerkbaits, and wacky rigs were all productive but he notes that the crankbaits… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Despite striper fishing being shut down from the Brewerton Channel north and high flows in the river, anglers fishing the Chesapeake’s northernmost reaches have been finding plenty of action in the catfish department. Blue catfish are subbing in for stripers in this area, delivering the size and the action anglers enjoy from trophy bass and remaining willing to bite in the high, muddied water. Both shoreline and boating anglers are… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Although poor weather fouled up the chances of fishing for much of this week, anglers who got out to troll for stripers checked in to report some improving catches. Anglers trolling around the Dumping Ground and Podickory Point managed to get into a handful of trophies, although the success in the catching was mixed. In general, trollers pulling white or chartreuse umbrellas or tandem rigs with sassy shad or large bucktails were catching; In… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Despite the windy weather throughout the week, boats that left the docks along the Middle Bay were seeming to more catching than in other regions. Several readers checked in this week reporting catches of one or two trophies. White umbrellas got the nod, as did white and chartreuse tandems. The catches were a bit more spread out with success being experience from zones including Bloody Point, Chesapeake Beach, off the Gas Docks, and the… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Although high winds turned many fishing-opportune days into bummers throughout this week, anglers fishing the lower Chesapeake still did manage to score some fish. In the Potomac, where stripers are fair game, reports picked up a bit this week with several readers reporting success on white tandems and umbrellas. Catches certainly weren’t spectacular (1-1-3-3 from the readers) but since big fish were being encountered upriver as recently as a… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, May 13 Update: Reports of more specks from the Sounds and the ESVA continue coming in! Although conditions weren’t ideal for fishing this week, anglers who did get out to peruse the Sounds are reporting fair catches on the speckled trout front for this time in the season. Fishing grassy areas with four-to-six-inch curly tailed soft plastics in white, pink, root-beer, or chartreuse is popular. They’ve also been liking lures with some sparkle to… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 13 Update: With the iffy weather at the end of last week, when Hampton Correspondent Chuck Harrison had the chance to go fishing he opted to visit the Buckroe pier rather than launch his boat, and reports catching just one small bluefish. He also didn’t observe other anglers doing any catching, however, an angler who fished through the night had reported catching some puppy drum and said there had been some spurts of action from the puppies in… Read more from Way South...