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 Report, May 24 Update: The big news for the week: when the wind allows for a run offshore, there’s plenty of good action out in the deep – some warm water pushed in (from the north; it’s actually warmer from Poor Man’s up than it is at the Washington at the moment), the area canyons are holding mako sharks in excellent numbers, and just inside the canyons and around the edges there were hordes of bluefin last week. Anglers chumming in the deep have reported five-plus hook-ups… Read more from Coastal...

Freshwater Fishing Reports presented by District Angling

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, May 24 Update: Trout stockings continue (scroll down to the first report of the month for links to the state schedules), and many rivers and creeks in northern and eastern areas of our region remain swelled but conditions have been improving through the week and most should be fishable this weekend. Although water levels ran high, stream and mountain anglers should now have the ability to try some fly fishing. In areas where water levels are low trout… Read more from Freshwater...

Way North Fishing Reports presented by Clyde's Sports Shop 

Way North Fishing Report, May 24 Update: Herb’s says perch have been prevalent, and are mostly feasting on bloodworm and grass shrimp. Anglers are having good luck fishing deep areas in and around the mouth of the Susquehanna with bottom rigs. Despite stained water Sarge’s said there have been larger numbers of stripers around as well, but unfortunately, most have also been smaller in size and only a few make the slot. Most anglers have been casting jigs and bucktails and some are heading to… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 24 Update: Coming home with dinner has been easier this week than in the recent past, as the Upper Bay has been producing fish just north of the bridge. Trolling still seems to be the most productive means of catching fish on the Eastern side, particularly around Love Point and from the LP buoy down to the bridge. The fish have been on the move, so trying different locations is a good tactic. Fishbones recommends trolling light tackle, such as small… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Reports presented by Deeper

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 24 Update: We really hope you're reading this from the cockpit of your boat, because you really should be out on the water right now! Fishing the Middle Bay has produced much better action for many anglers the past week, and the primary mode for many anglers has shifted from trolling to jigging — Anglers Sport Center recommends hitting Bloody Point and the Bay Bridge, where half ounce jigheads with six inch white, purple, and chartreuse BKDs and other… Read more from Middle Bay...

Lower Bay Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 24 Update: Many stripers being caught the past week have been between 19 and 28 inches, and have moved into the Western Shore rivers of the Lower Bay zone where Maryland and Virginia meet. Casting around near Solomons has produced hordes of mostly undersized stripers, with a strong white perch bite around the piers as well. Skirted jigheads with plastics in chartreuse and white have been doing the trick for the rock; grass shrimp and blood worms or… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier Sound and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, May 24 Update: Speckled trout are being caught throughout the Lower Shore, and although they’re being caught in relatively low numbers there are enough around to hope for success. Most have been caught by anglers using four- to six-inch plastics and swimbaits cast to the drop-offs, stump-fields, and creek-mouths of the islands in both Maryland and Virginia waters. The bulk of the catch in these areas, however, remains small stripers. Most… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Fishing Report, May 24 Update: This week we're excited to report that flounder have started becoming more active bayside, and have been concentrated around the CBBT as well as in the Virginia Beach area inlets. Most have continued to take chartreuse and white soft plastics and GULPs jigged near the bottom. With each passing day, the bite has continued to pick up and we expect it to further improve, says Oceans East. Some rockfish still are being caught near the CBBT as well. Up in… Read more from Way South...