Fishing Reports

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Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, December 1 Update: Coastal fishing is slowing down and windy days have limited access, but anglers willing to brave the elements can find some decent bites this week. Fishing the Ocean City inlet and route 50 Bridge area, there are striped bass being caught by those throwing soft plastic jigs and bucktails. Most of these fish are schoolie sized and fall below the 28-inch minimum. Tautog are being found near structure like bridge pilings, jetty rocks, and… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, December 1 Update: Fishing at our regions lakes this past week has been particularly good despite breezy conditions. Deep Creek Lake in particular is producing plenty of action, and this time of year you won't have to worry about constant boat traffic to interrupt your fishing trip. Walleye are becoming more active and moving into shallower areas along rocky shorelines. Jerkbaits and crankbaits will be the best lures to throw for them but casting out live minnows on… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, December 1 Update: We didn’t hear much of anything from the flats or surrounding rivers this week but we do know that most of the rockfish action has been pushing further south. Water temperatures in the Bay have been dropping steadily as we enter December which is making the fish school up in deeper water. Water temperatures near the flats have been hovering around the low to mid 40s. The bigger schools of fish have been below the Bay Bridge and are… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 1 Update: Water temperatures in the upper Bay are dropping quickly as we enter December. Most areas in this section of the Bay have water in the mid to upper 40s which is pushing rockfish into deeper water. Most fish are now being found in 20 to 40 feet of water and sometimes even deeper than that. The larger schools are being found along the shipping channel in the main stem and along other deep water drop offs. Bird action has been spotty this… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 1 Update: The Angler in Chief reports that the schools of rockfish in the 20- to 30-inch class have steadily been making their way deeper and to the south, most recently popping up a bit south of Chesapeake Beach in 35 to 45 feet of water. As par for the course this season, brief bird action gives away the general location and jiggers need to putt around and find the good marks before dropping. Chartreuse BKDs and six-inch white paddle tails on… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 1 Update: Water temperatures in the lower Bay dropping quickly as we enter December and most areas have water dropping into the 40s, which is pushing striped bass out to deeper water. The Tackle Box says there are almost always schools of rockfish at the mouth of the Potomac this time of year. The mouth is a large area so it is always a good idea to bring binoculars. Sometimes there will be bird action but often times it requires cruising around to… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, December 1 Update: The fishing scene is mainly focused on those chilly striped bass as we approach the end of the season for them and water temperatures in the sounds are dropping quickly. This is pushing many of the rockfish into deeper water, though we are still getting reports of some fish being caught shallow. The larger schools of fish are being found in 20 to 40 feet of water and sometimes deeper. Boats have been locating them along… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 1 Update: The way south scene continues to be dominated by a great speckled trout bite in the rivers and inlets. Rockfish and a few red drum are also common catches right now. Water temperatures in this region are in the mid 40s to low 50s depending on location. The Elizabeth River and the inlets continue to be hotspots for speck and rockfish action. An angler fishing in an undisclosed location got a surprise catch while targeting speckled… Read more from Way South...