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, October 15 Update: We had three reader reports from the offshore waters this week, two from the Washington where they reported yellowfin bites up to a dozen and noted that the afternoon bite from 1:00 on was best and the other said the morning bite was the ticket (go figure). Many of the boats have been chunking in the Washington, which has led to a butterfish shortage, but jigs are said to be working as well. Another angler who first hit east of the Cigar… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, October 15 Update: Contributor Eric Packard spent some time on the reservoirs this week and says crappie were snapping in large numbers, in 13 to 15 feet of water. Vertical jigging small chartreuse jigs and darts when fish were on the meter did the trick, and casting a Beetle Spin was productive as well. Several readers hitting lakes and rivers reported that big largemouth bass are now feeding aggressively as they try to fatten up for winter and we received more than… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 15 Update: As water clarity is steadily improving, so is fishing in the northern-most waters of our Bay. One reader let us know that the Susquehanna Flats is not only producing lots of catfish on cut bait, it’s producing them up into the 40-pound range — and sometimes two at a time. Northern catfish also proved to be a winner for the Chesapeake Fishing Open, which Matt Shoultz nailed down with a stringer of three big catfish totaling 96.25 inches.… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update: Striper fishing is centered around Pooles Island right now, where live eels are the bait of choice for anglers hoping to score striped bass. Angler’s let us know that the bite is oftentimes slow but steady, but paying off eventually for most boats. Much of the fleet has been around the area throughout the week, or across on the channel edges. Catfish have been a major issue for liveliners, and are oftentimes disrupting lines in the water… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update: Working birds are angler’s compasses to fish right now: much action is centered around casting through the multiple schools of breaking fish at the river mouths. Alltackle reported that the Choptank, South, West, and Severn have all been speckled with flocks this week, leading anglers to plenty of schoolies. Casting and retrieving through them is leading to hookups with fish mostly in the 16- to 22-inch range, although some are extending… Read more from Middle Bay...

Coastal Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update: Although the Spanish mackerel population is dwindling as the season winds down, the Middle Grounds is still holding a decent population of fish that trollers are enjoying of action from. Sticking to small Clarks, small Drones, and Hard Head Custom Baits Bombers has been a popular choice. Although the bulk of the bite has shifted to stripers, mackerel also continue to be caught under breaking fish and working birds that are peppering the… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore fishing report, October 15 Update: Pearl proprietor Chris checked in to let us know that while fishing the waters of Smith Island last week some of his visitors had some rather unusual luck, catching a decent sized tautog (yes, a tog!) along with stripers, lizard fish, and a couple of beautiful slot reds. In general, the Sound bite has been excellent —Sea Hawk Sports Center reported that over the past week, tons of rockfish, reds, and some speckled trout have… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update: Hampton Correspondent Chuck Harrison says he finally had a solid trip to the HRBT for specks, and he and his friend John had five chunky keeper fish up to 22 inches plus throwbacks, and also an 18-inch gray trout. He noted that his old hotspots, though disturbed by the construction currently going on there, proved productive. If you’re not familiar with fishing the HRBT for specks and want to give it a shot, be sure to check out Chuck… Read more from Way South...