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 Reports presented by Intrinsic

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, December 3 Update: For the first time this season we’re getting steady reports of nice striped bass being caught from the beaches — unfortunately, the beaches of New Jersey. Thus far the only fish being mentioned in the surf in our region is dogfish. That should change soon, however, as those fish make their way south. In Indian River and Ocean City a few stripers are being caught, but they're mostly small locals. Tog are still being caught around the inlet… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, December 3 Update: The millponds proved rather slow following the fronts passing through last weekend, with Contributor Eric Packard reporting that pulling live minnow produced five bass and three pickerel on a mid-shore lake. Other anglers on the lake caught a few bass and pickerel as well, tossing jerkbaits. A reader fishing one of the ponds farther south on the ESMD caught five pickerel up to 23.5 inches, all on minnow. Packard also hit the upper Pax this week and… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, December 3 Update: Casting soft plastics is the most popular method to go after the morning bite in the Dam pool and downriver but few stripers are being caught at this point regardless of location, and those showing up have mostly been thoroughly undersized schoolies. The occasional 19-incher is popping up, but isn’t to be expected. Cool water temps have the fish moving south and holding deep. In large part, they’re cleared out of the northern most reaches… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 3 Update: Striper fishing hasn’t been producing many stripers recently, still, a few fair weather days and warm mornings this week have allowed anglers to get out and utilize the best time of the day to fish. Angler’s and Fishbones both reported that boats hitting the water are finding success casting soft plastics or jigging early in the morning, or trolling during the day. Generally, the morning bite has been a bit more active for anglers able to… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 3 Update: With the Bay temps falling below the 50-degree mark the action slowed a bit in general this week, and the larger schools of fish have shifted to deep water. Angler’s Sport Center had a few reports from boats that jigged the Bay Bridge, and recommended using white, pearl, or chartreuse soft plastics. Most fish landed were schoolies, but the occasional 19- to-22-incher has been in the mix. Trollers are having some slow days, but hooking up… Read more from Middle Bay...

Lower Bay Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 3 Update: Readers checking in from the Lower Bay rivers now seem to be enjoying a better rockfish bite than most of their neighbors to the north, with jigging soft plastics on G-Eye heads in the Potomac called out as a winner for fish up to 27 inches in the vicinity of Cobb Island, and weighted umbrellas proving productive trolled south of St. George’s. Rockfish are consistently gathered up in the mouth of the Potomac and out into the Bay… Read more from Lower Bay...

Tangier and Lower Shore Fishing Reports presented by Suzuki Marine

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, December 3 Update: Beautiful conditions allowed boats out on the water a few days this week as anglers attempted to round up the last stripers this season. Sea Hawk Sports Center checked in to let us know that boats jigging and trolling are getting into fish as they make their way south. Jigging is stealing the show right now — multiple anglers reported that they managed to hook up on multiple 22-to-26-inch fish throughout the day. Generally,… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 3 Update: Ocean’s East is reporting that the CBBT has a striper bite going on right now, and expects it to pick up as fish from up north continue heading south. Trollers are enjoying some excellent fishing along the channel edges as they pull umbrellas and tandems, rigged to stay on bottom. Ocean’s East had quite a few good striper reports this week, mentioning that the class of fish has been good. Most of the fish being caught are late fall… Read more from Way South...