Fishing Reports

Weekly fishing reports for the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic and surrounding region. If you would like to be notified via e-mail when our weekly fishing reports are updated, click here to sign up.

Coastal Fishing Reports presented by Intrinsic

Coastal Fishing Report, April 9 Update: Spring tautog anglers are finding plenty of fish to keep them busy at the inshore wreck and reef sites up and down the coast. The perennial crab baits dropped directly on the structure do the trick, limit catches were reported this week from every state in the DelMarVa region, and as the coastal waters warm up the sites closer to the beach are offering up plenty of fish eliminating the need for the longer winter runs. Drum like this are one heck of a… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, April 9 Update: Shad runs have kicked into high gear from the Potomac south and although last week’s rains had water levels up over the weekend, in most areas it had settled out enough that water quality was more than suitable for fishing. Contributor Eric Packard spent several days on the Potomac in DC this week casting tandem rigs with small spoons and shad darts (with a split shot added for weight), catching hickories by the dozens. Silver, gold, and chartreuse… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Fishing Report, April 9 Update: With stripers shut down, anglers are still targeting catfish up north. Flatheads and channel cats are running hefty and strong, providing plenty of action for little effort. Simply dropping a chunk of chicken liver or cut menhaden on a hook will bring them in. Cats aren’t exclusive to boat anglers, either. Shore-bound guys are absolutely racking them up, all around the Conowingo Dam and in the Pool, and throughout the Susquehanna Flats. Just remember… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 9 Update: Tocherman’s reported that with striper season closed down until May 1st, catfish remain the primary target in the Upper Bay. Channel cats are making up most of the catch, and aren’t hard to find. They’re spread pretty evenly across the Upper Bay and can be found in most tribs. Cut menhaden or chicken liver remain their favorite snacks. Easily available from the shore or by boat, they’ve cemented themselves as the most common catch these days… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 9 Update: Angler in Chief Lenny Rudow reports that there are still white perch in the Pax, and although most are small males there were enough keeper-sized fish far upriver up the Western Branch to put together a nice stringer. The fish are still hitting grass shrimp on shad darts jigged along bottom. At the Jug Bay pier anglers were reeling in a mix of perch and catfish on night crawlers, shrimp, and assorted cut bait. Reports on the main branch… Read more from Middle Bay...

Coastal Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 9 Update: The Tackle Box checked in this week to let us know that from Port Tobacco to the Wilson Bridge there are catfish of merit, including some in the 50-pound range. Abel's Wharf in Breton Bay and the public fishing area behind Ryken High School are both producing healthy catches of channel cats as well. With stripers shut down anglers have been putting a lot of pressure on the cats, but their numbers can take it. Cut gizzard shad, cut white… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Report, April 9 Update: Sea Hawk Sports Center reports that the Pocomoke has a strong white perch run right now. All throughout the creeks, they’re available from shore and by boat. Some anglers who headed out this week reported catches upwards of 30, with highly variable sizes. Lots of the perch have been little guys, but sticking at ‘em is producing enough big ones to take home for lunch and dinner. Otherwise, crappie are still running strong in the… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...

Way South Fishing Reports presented by Dometic

Way South Fishing report, April 9 Update: Speckled! Trout! Speckled! Trout! Are you excited for the speckled trout to be back…? Yeah, we are too. Redfish! Redfish! Redfish! Yes, the run on these fish is ongoing as well. Reports from Ocean’s East confirm that specks and reds continue to be caught in the inlets, particularly Lynnhaven for the specks, as well as at Sandbridge. This week we also had the first reader report of specks having moved a bit farther up the Bay, and hitting in Poquoson in… Read more from Way South...