Freshwater Fishing Reports

Freshwater Fishing Report, December 1 Update:

We had reader reports from the Eastern Shore millponds the past week of decent but not red-hot pickerel action on suspended jerk-baits. Contributor Eric Packard had a similar experience hunting pickerel at St. Mary’s Lake but reports that the crappie were stacked up and feeding. Another reader checked in after finding a slow crappie bite at a different southern Maryland lake. He said the fish were more inclined to hit live minnows under a bobber and were mostly uninterested in small Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. Both crappie and pickerel are two or the more popular species to target in the winter for freshwater anglers. The CCA Pickerel Championship is a great opportunity to compete against fellow anglers in a few different divisions and calcutta’s. Crappie, pickerel, perch, and bass are all species eligible for prizes, too The tournament runs until the end of February, so there is still plenty of time to sign up.

freshwater angler with a bass
Andrew tied into this big bass while fishing in Cedar Lake, PA.

Some much-needed rain has finally replenished our rivers and streams that have been running low for quite some time now. The smallmouth bite on the upper Potomac has been good this week with crawfish imitations, tube jigs, and small crankbaits doing the bulk of the catching. In the tidal Potomac, anglers are enjoying good fishing for largemouth bass by targeting moderate depth waters near drop-offs and the deeper waters beyond the drop-offs. A mix of spinnerbaits, craw jigs, and jerkbaits are all good choices for lures. The warm water discharge near Marbury Point is a popular winter bass fishing location and it tends to hold some quality fish. We also checked in with Mossy Creek who let us know that it is a great time to load up on midges and blue wing olive patterns. Size 18-20 flies on the spring creeks and lakes have been working well. They also recommend fishing a size 16 caddis and drop a zebra midge or small nymph off the back for picky fish. There are some overcast and rainy days ahead and the streamer fishing in the rain last week was tremendous. This is a good time of year to find some giant trout so if you have your pick of days try to find those blanket overcast days.

August 4, 2023
Freshwater Fishing Report, August 25 Update: School starting and cooler temperatures are indicating the coming of Fall to our region. While some people are hoping for summer to hold on a while longer, many anglers are ready for cooler weather to… Read more...
July 7, 2023
Freshwater Fishing Report, July 28 Update: The middle of summer can be a tough time to fish for many freshwater anglers. Water temperatures are hot and bite windows are often short lived, making it hard to pattern fish. Though we’ve had some… Read more...
June 2, 2023
Freshwater Fishing Report, June 30 Update: Multiple days of storms have finally rejuvenated many of our freshwater fishing locations. The rain helped to increase oxygen levels and likely made many fish more active. Largemouth bass have moved into… Read more...