Fishing Reports

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Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, August 12 Update: As the White Marlin Open gets underway, lips are tight and the offshore intel from OC is difficult to come by (though we note that some nice bigeye have hit the scales!!). We did hear from one reader who caught a pair of yellowfins at the Hot Dog in the 30- to 40-pound class while chunking. Luckily, we also had a few other tournaments wrap up over the weekend which gave us some insight on how the bite has been. Boats fishing the 15th… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, August 12 Update: The late summer heat has been keeping many fish lethargic during the better part of most days, but that shouldn’t stop us from fishing. Focus in on shaded shorelines or areas with structure as this is where most fish are currently spending their days. Freshwater correspondent Jim Gronaw has been enjoying an excellent bite on bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed, and some bass in the central Maryland lakes, and says that Trout Magnet plastics have been… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 12 Update: Catfish on the flats and in the river have been a sure bet for many anglers. Herb’s reports many blue catfish in the 10–15-pound range being caught but there’s always a chance at a 30+ pounder taking the bait. Fresh cut bait or chicken livers have been the preferred bait of choice for these bottom feeders. Those opting to chunk will have a good chance for stripers as well. The perch bite in the rivers has improved this week. They have… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report August 12 Update: Rock fishing continues to be best in this portion of the Bay with many boats catching their limit on outings. We checked in with Clyde’s Sport Shop to see how the bite has been on the Eastern side of the Bay. Tolchester and Love Point seem to have the highest concentration of fish in that area and boats are getting on the schools by live lining spot with fish up into the mid 20’s. Bowley’s Bait and Tackle reports exceptional fishing around… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 12 Update: Get out those trolling rods because more mackerel and bluefish are showing up by the day. The AIC says plenty of mackerel remain between Poplar and Sharps Island light mixed with blues and rock, but when they break water it’s been very brief and sporadic, and trollers pulling planers and Drone or Clark spoons are doing significantly better than those attempting to cast to the fish. There was some better bird action reported in that zone… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 12 Update: Note: Maryland waters are reopened for stripers, but Virginia waters remain closed until October 4. The Potomac will reopen its season on August 22. Please remember to handle these fish with care when releasing them as hot temps and low oxygen are putting them under high stress! The macks and blues have pushed into the area with greater numbers and appear to be more widespread. Trollers using planers and small Drone, or Clarke spoons are… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, August 12 Update: Note: Maryland waters are reopened for stripers, but Virginia waters remain closed until October 4th. Please remember to handle these fish with care when releasing them as hot temps and low oxygen are putting them under high stress! If you are looking for an abundance of fish and a variety of different species, the Tangier Sound is the place to be. This past week’s reports showed fishing is about on par for this time of year… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 12 Update: The cobia bite is still great in the southernmost part of the Bay. Reports this week showed many boats catching multiple fish during trips but it was a steady mix of legal and undersized. A reader report from Cape Charles targeting cobia said the sight fishing bite was red-hot mid-week, with one boat reporting nine and most being keeper-sized fish. Sight casting eels on calm, sunny days continues to prevail as the most productive… Read more from Way South...