Middle Bay Fishing Reports

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 14 Update:

For the most part, weather has been deterring many anglers from venturing out onto the water… and we don’t blame them. We haven’t heard much from the main stem of the Bay, but up rivers and in creeks pickerel and panfish are biting. Pickerel have been in the Magothy and Severn rivers, where Angler’s mentioned using live minnows under a bobber, or casting and slowly retrieving a three-inch paddletail has been working well. Some sheltered up-creek areas on the tribs have some ice on them, but main river and exposed areas were open up until today.

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Tributary areas exposed to the wind remained open as of Friday, but sheltered areas have some ice barring entry. (Picture of the Magothy, courtesy of Stephen Rudow)

Winter fishing at the Eastern Shore millponds have been a more popular option for the pickerel fanatics, where they aren’t iced over. Minnow under a bobber are a favored method, and some anglers have been finding success slow trolling them, but as of last weekend Contributor Eric Packard was already encountering partially ice-covered waters in the millponds. The recent mid-40s days should have kept those waters open but as for the incoming arctic blast…

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Welcome to 2022 anglers! As the new year dawns we have plenty of fishing opportunities despite the chill in the air, though almost everything we heard about this week was pre-storm.. When we talked with the folks at Alltackle they mentioned that although many catch and release anglers were heading for Point Lookout on the hunt for trophy-sized stripers (with Boss BKDs), there were also some fish in the Middle Bay zone being caught. Angler’s fingered fishing the Bay Bridges as one way to feel the tug of a striper, though the fish aren’t stacking up size-wise with most topping out at around 30 inches. A few larger fish have been found off the Choptank by trollers and one reader reported getting into them while jigging in the Solomons area.

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Eric took a day off from fishing, and...Snowfish!

In the tribs there are regular reader reports coming in of pickerel, on the Western Shore mostly from the Severn, on jerkbaits and paddle-tails. An angler also checked in after fishing the upper Patuxent in the Jug Bay area, and finding plenty of catfish in the two- to five-pound range eager to take chicken livers fished in a hole.

December 3, 2021
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 31 Update: Welcome to the final fishing report of 2021! Here’s hoping that 2022 is a better year, both fishing-wise and otherwise. There are reports of a few big rockfish swimming in the Middle Bay… Read more...
November 5, 2021
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, November 26 Update: Hey, anglers! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving… and are ready to turn your backs on pie and leftovers and hit the water this weekend! The AIC says the fish finally seem to be in “… Read more...
October 1, 2021
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 29 Update: Hi FishTalkers – due to excessive winds throughout the region recently, most of this week’s reports date back to Monday or last weekend. AIC Lenny Rudow says a magnificent Mid-Bay fall… Read more...