Middle Bay Fishing Reports

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 1 Update:

The cutlassfish are back in the lower Pax and in force — Contributor Eric Packard reported catching 12 in a morning on his kayak (and a couple of keeper-sized rockfish plus dinks) on a lipped crankbait and white paddle-tails. Meanwhile, the AIC says evening trips to Thomas Point and the mouth of the West have been producing only dinks for him (mirroring two reader reports from Thomas Point), and there are some rockfish bordering on legal size but just under, inside the river now (the South). All were hitting white paddle-tails and white or chartreuse spinnerbaits. Casting to docks at sunset has been the ticket inside the river. White perch still seem to be in relatively short supply inside the river but he says he saw a boat fishing on hard bottom in open water reeling them up one after the next.

ribbonfish in the bay
The long, skinny silver critters are BACK! Photo courtesy of Eric Packard.

A reader let us know that there are some fish in Eastern Bay and said that Hollicutt’s produced a couple of keepers among many more throwbacks, but he also said several of the fish including one that should have gone into the cooler were sick and showing sores. Another reader reported finding lots of undersized rock with a few hitting the 20-inch mark, plus a couple of bluefish, in the mouth of Eastern Bay. Both he and Angler’s Sport Center are reporting that bluefish have now showed up in the Middle Bay zone. No big numbers as of yet, but the reader got two mixed in with rockfish.

Crabbing Report: REMEMBER: New DNR regs limit recreational anglers to one bushel per boat per day, regardless of how many licensed crabbers are aboard. Current regs can be found here. The Angler in Chief says he evening crabbed the South River in 10 feet of water during the extreme low tide early this week, and had his best trip yet (though still not spectacular by any means). Three dozen jimmies hit the basket, and about a third of them were jumbos. We also heard from a reader crabbing Eastern Bay and going home with a half-bushel.

June 3, 2022
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 23 Update: Angler in Chief Lenny Rudow says there are a few keepers to be scrounged in the Middle Bay area, though the reports seem significantly better from north of the Bridge or south in the Potomac.… Read more...
May 6, 2022
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Good things have been happening in the Middle Bay, with multiple tactics proving successful in the region. Trollers, chummers, and anglers fishing light tackle are enjoying a healthy striper bite… Read more...
April 1, 2022
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 29 Update: Naturally everyone’s awaiting the rockfish opener on Sunday, but since there has been zero pre-fishing, we have zero intel on any hot zones to head for. Good luck, everyone! Meanwhile many area… Read more...