Fishing Reports

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Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, June 21 Update: Sweet summertime has arrived and with it has come some serious heat and a lot of vacationers. The crowds aren’t stopping the fish from biting and the coastal action has been good overall this week. The Angler in Chief reports a tough trip running offshore from Wachapreague this weekend, no doubt in part due to the strong blow last Saturday, with one lone shark the only action. Some of the crew had been out the day before in good weather and… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, June 21 Update: Summer has arrived in full force with major heat setting into the region this week. Anglers are having the best luck during the cooler parts of the day in the mornings and evenings. FishTalk intern Adam Greenberg says the smallmouth bite has varied, with excellent action in the Potomac on three-inch paddletails and a white buzz-bait. He noted that on one trip this week the fish wanted suspending jerkbaits on light leaders and were finicky… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, June 21 Update: Summer has arrived and we are feeling the effects of a major heatwave moving into the area. Temperatures will be soaring into the 90s this weekend and the foreseeable future looks very hot as well. Water temperatures in most parts of the Bay have reached 80 degrees which can put a lot of stress on fish, especially since we have had very little rain lately. Striped bass are especially fragile in warm water and low oxygen conditions. The… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 21 Update: Fishing so far this summer has been good in the Upper Bay as many anglers are hitting the water to enjoy the nice weather and chase the big schools of stripers that are around. Eelers report some success near the Pooles Island lumps, including slot and over-slot fish. The lumps are a historically productive location for catching stripers and now is also a great place to catch blue catfish. Eeling is one of the most popular tactics, but live… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 21 Update: The Angler in Chief says the south wind has been a problem recently, keeping the shallows riled up and off-color and making accurate casting difficult. Between gusts there’s been a striper bite ranging from great to nonexistent from day to day, with the best action generally coming at dawn or dusk. He also mentioned that redfish are scattered through the west side tribs from the South River down, mostly in the 16” to 17.99” range. He hasn’t… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 21 Update: Readers fishing in the lower sections of the Lower Bay tribs reported a wonderful mix of fish the past week, along with some grumbling about the strong south winds. Both slot and under-slot redfish, stripers (mostly in the Potomac plus some in the Rap), lots of spot with some (small) croaker mixed in, and a surprising number of flounder including some keepers have been showing up. Speck reports faded, no doubt a function of the fast-rising… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, June 21 Update: The Chesapeake is firing off on all cylinders as we begin to move into the heat of summer. There are plenty of fish to catch from the serene shallows of the shore to the vast open water of the Bay. The Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds have been a very productive zone recently, likely due to the great water quality that can be found. Striped bass, speckled trout, and red drum are being caught in the shallows. Specks have been… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 21 Update: All the pieces are in place for a fantastic summer of fishing in the southern Chesapeake Bay. Just about everything is available right now from inshore waters of the tributaries to the wide-open waters and everything in between. Cobia season is off to a strong start in the Virginia Beach area with many boats catching their limit of fish during their trips. We have seen multiple fish over 50” checked in this week and plenty more over the… Read more from Way South...