Lower Bay Fishing Reports

Lower Chesapeake Bay fishing report, July 1 Update:

Cobia hunters: this week brought slightly improved reports, with live eels cast to sighted fish producing plenty of action. The northernmost area we have confirmation for this week is the Target Ship zone (one reader plus Angler’s mentioned it), with multi-fish catches reported from Rappahannock Spit and Wolf Trap. The Tackle Box also reported Smith Point as a spot to try. Chumming is doing the trick, with many anglers favoring eels over bunker chunks to reduce the possible ray interference. As often is the case, we advise bringing way more bait than you think you’ll be needing when dropping bunker down. With the non-target species biting, it’s easy to go through twice what you’d normally anticipate in a morning.

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Boomer found a couple of the big boys, a few miles south of PLO.

In the Potomac boats that have hooked into stripers are reporting good results, including one angler we checked in with who found a 33-incher; note that the Potomac shuts down for rockfish July 6 and remains closed through August 21. The Tackle Box noted that trollers are faring a bit better than others as the fish are somewhat scattered. Striped bass are loving white spreads of umbrellas, sassy shads, and bucktails. Light tackle casters are also enjoying some spectacular mornings around Point Lookout and in the Potomac and we heard from quite a few who hooked up on multiple fish during the dawn hours. Topwater was productive, although throwing white, chartreuse, and pink soft plastics was more so.

Speckled trout and puppy drum are in the weedy shallows of the Western Shore rivers and biting with enthusiasm, though he drum we heard about this week were mini-sized in the 12- to 14-inch range. Casting curly or paddle tail soft plastics is doing it. They’ve been preferring sparkly baits, giving preference to anything with white or pink. Electric chicken seems to be a religious favorite for the specks, too. The Piankatank got a thumbs-up from two readers this week, and another said he encountered a couple schools of roving bluefish including one up to four pounds working their way north outside of Stingray Point.

Bottom fishermen are picking up spot of various sizes (no jumbos reported though) plus some small croaker. One reader checked in to let us know he also had a palm-sized flounder in the mix along with mostly spot and a few little croaker.

June 3, 2022
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 23 Update: There’s some great striper fishing in the Potomac right now, with plenty of action to go around. The Tackle Box checked in to let us know that the area around Piney Point to St. George’s Island… Read more...
May 6, 2022
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Striped bass fishing is ON in the Lower Bay and the fleet is on the move. Trollers are enjoying some pretty solid striped bass fishing along the shipping channels, with the Tackle Box checking in… Read more...
April 1, 2022
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 29 Update: Plenty of anglers within reach of Maryland waters plan to partake in the rockfish opener on Sunday, but since there has been zero pre-fishing, we have zero intel on any hot zones to head for. We… Read more...