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.

December 5, 2019 Update: The surf remains quiet… very quiet, as we wait, and hope, the big stripers currently off Jersey stay close to shore as they move south. A very few biggies were caught in our region this week, with scattered, onesie-twosie-keeper catches reported from Indian River (on eels at night) and over-slot fish from the CBBT area (trolling big baits). Everything we heard from OC was of throwbacks, with good C&R action at the Route 50 bridge, but there’s a lot of bait off the… Read more from Coastal...

Freshwater Fishing Reports presented by District Angling

December 5, 2019 Update: Angler in Chief Lenny Rudow reports that this is a good time to hit the Eastern Shore millponds, where a mix of crappie, bass, and pickerel chewing on minnow suspended two to three feet under a bobber can be hoped for. However strong breezes did make fishing tough at times, and he notes that slow-trolling into the wind (at a crawl) was just about the only way to fish when the wind was up. Good reports also came in from readers probing ponds in southern Maryland and… Read more from Freshwater...

Way North Fishing Reports presented by Clyde's Sports Shop 

Way North Chesapeake fishing report, December 5, 2019 Update: The wonderful striped bass season many anglers had on the Chesapeake has begun to wrap up, with cold weather more or less shutting down the fishery. The Conowingo Dam pool and lower Susquehanna have quieted with very few fish coming out of their waters this week. Anglers hoping to catch a few more striped bass have largely been heading down to Podickory Point or farther south, where the bite has been better. Jigging Podickory Point… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 5, 2019 Update: Although there aren’t many striped bass to be found right now, anglers hitting Podickory Point and the mouth of the Magothy are enjoying scattered findings. Jigging and trolling these areas has been the most common tactic. Anglers jigging have been using heavy jigs and staying deep in hopes of catching a large striper on their way south. Most of the fleet has found themselves leaving depth finders on and cruising the channel edges… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Fishing Report, December 5, 2019 Update: Trollers and jiggers are enjoying a decent start to December, with fish still being found around the channel edges. Angler’s Sport Center let us know that the bite between Buoy 83 and the False Channel has been hot, with plenty of fish in the 22 to 30-inch range coming from the area. Most boats are opting to troll umbrellas dressed with bucktails and sassy shads behind an inline weight. With the fish down low, keeping rigs close to… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 5, 2019 Update: Anglers in the Lower Bay region (and those from other areas as well) have been flooding the waters, with the striper bite absolutely on fire. The hottest zone seems to be where Maryland and Virginia waters meet, and The Tackle Box let us know that rockfish are gathered in the mouth of the Potomac and out into the Bay throughout the Triangle area. Anglers have been going after them trolling and jigging, with equal catches. Trollers… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier and Lower Shore Fishing Report, December 5, 2019 Update: With the waters of the Sounds largely empty, anglers have been enjoying quiet days searching for white perch and stripers that are scattered throughout. The white perch bite has been especially hot in deeper areas of the Sounds. Keeping bloodworm on the bottom has been a great way to lure them in. Although the stripers are showing up few and far between, some persistent anglers are still jigging the deep holes in hopes of landing… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Fishing Report, December 5, 2019 Update: Cold weather seems to have driven most speckled trout out of the area, with few reports of them coming in this week. Well, bummer... but it was great while it lasted. On the other hand, Ocean’s East is still getting numerous reports of tog and puppy drum in the Bay, and their numbers are beginning to pick up. Tog continue to take green crab, while puppy drum are gravitating towards mullet and live gudgeon. The islands of the CBBT… Read more from Way South...