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 Legendary Trailers

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, October 16 Update: When boats can get offshore—weather windows are growing shorter and rarer—a few have been dropping rigged squid and skirted strip baits to depths of 1500-plus feet and hooking swords. Many are throwbacks but some monster fish have been caught as well, with three or four bites being the reported norm. Many anglers who get out are doing a few drops, hopefully icing a sword, then filling their limit of blueline tilefish. A handful of tunas… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Region Fishing Report, October 16 Update: Fishing in the lakes and reservoirs has been steadily getting better, with great bass and crappie action. St. Mary’s Lake, Deep Creek Lake, the Baltimore reservoirs plus Piney Run, Lake Anna, and the tidal Potomac have all been great areas popping up in the conversations. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass have moved into winter mode, however, and are moving to deeper water. Drop offs, edges, and submerged structure have been… Read more from Freshwater...

Way North Fishing Reports presented by Clyde's Sports Shop 

Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 16 Update: The fishery in the northernmost waters of the Chesapeake has stayed fairly consistent recently and shows no indications that it’ll drop off anytime soon. Clyde’s reported that the bite has been especially strong in the early morning, although the late afternoon is providing action as well. Also keeping with recent trends, the move at the Conowingo Dam has been to toss topwater lures or soft plastics as far into the Dam pool as possible… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 16 Update: With Rocktober well under way, days spent on the Upper Bay recently have been primarily centered around cruising the channel edges in hopes of spotting a school of stripers with the depth finder, or birds with binoculars. We had great reader reports of multiple keeper fish off Love Point this week and although some of the past week’s hotspots have slowed down recently and the fish have been very scattered, ample opportunity to catch fish… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 16 Update: Angler in Chief Lenny Rudow reports that although unsettled weather has changed things up a bit this week the bite in the tributary mouths is still going strong, mostly on 16- to 25-inch fish and sometimes under birds in the late afternoon. Both jiggers and trollers are catching 10 to 15 throwbacks as they sort through them for a keeper, with white, chartreuse, and white/chartreuse combinations continuing to make the grade. Five- and six… Read more from Middle Bay...

Lower Bay Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 16 Update: Well, some crazy weather typical of this year briefly interrupted Rocktober. The Tackle Box let us know this week that Tropical depression Delta caused some extreme low tides that tangled up the fishing patterns and shortened the bite times before dropping rain and wind on us early in the week. The front passing through changed all that and brought the water back to high levels overnight. They’re expecting that the fish will be in some… Read more from Lower Bay...

Tangier and Lower Shore Fishing Reports presented by PYY Marine

Lower Eastern Shore, Tangier, and Pocomoke Fishing Report, October 16 Update: Stellar fishing throughout the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds continues, providing plentiful opportunity for anglers hitting the shallows and attracting those who are willing to travel to the islands for a killer speckled trout bite. Although there are plenty of spots to hit, boat traffic throughout the Sounds has been picking up along with the bite so get out early. Gulp! soft plastics and topwater lures have both been… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 16 Update: The red drum fishery has continued to pick up in the past week. Ocean’s East reported that anglers jigging two-ounce spoons and seven-inch plastics along the channel edges and under working birds are getting in on a steady catch. When finding birds in this zone, along with the red drum there are plenty of reports that stripers, bluefish, and even a stray Spanish mackerel continue to be in the mix. Tossing metal spoons through boiling… Read more from Way South...