Tangier and Lower Shore Fishing Reports

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, April 12 Update:

On the east side of the peninsula, the black drum run is really starting to shape up. The warm weather this week has increased activity and many anglers found success from Assateague down to Virginia Beach. The bite has been better the farther south you go. We did see a report from ana angler fishing near the Maryland /Virginia line on Assateague who caught and released a 36-inch black drum. Chincoteague seems to be a hotspot for surf anglers right now and Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle has had numerous back drum checked in this week. Many of the drum are in the low to mid 20-inch range with some fish well into the 30s being caught. Black drum are also making their way up the Bay and into the Pocomoke sound. The bayside fish tend to be on the larger side but are harder to locate. Fish finder rigs baited with crab or clam is doing the trick to get these fish to bite.

fishing for white perch
White perch are a good bet right now but the run will likely peter out soon, so get 'em while you can.

Sea Hawk Sports Center mentioned that the Pocomoke River is still producing a variety of panfish including white perch, crappie, and a few yellow perch. White perch have been hanging around near areas with hard bottom and blood worms on bottom rigs is catching them along with plenty of other species. C.L. Marshall from Tangier Sound Charters was out this week taking full advantage of all the Pocomoke has to offer. His main target was white perch, and if there someone who knows how to find the fish, it’s C.L. His crew found steady pickings of good size white perch that made for some delicious meals. The crappie bite is still going strong in the Pocomoke with some nice pan sized fish being put on stringers; crappie have preferred small jigs tipped with live minnows trolled in four-to-10-foot depths.

Sea Hawk also let us know that the warm weather this week got the flounder bite back on track. Flat fish are being caught as far north as Ocean City now with good fishing happening in Chincoteague and Wachapreague. Drifting Gulp! Swimming Mullets tipped with minnows has worked great. A Hi-Lo teaser rig is another popular setup when targeting flounder. Anglers are still finding the best luck on outgoing tides in areas with clean water. Since it is still early in the season, the key is to fish when the water is the warmest, which is on an outgoing tide after the water has been warmed up in the shallow bays.

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, April 5 Update:

Water temperatures are warming, and more fishing opportunities are presenting themselves on the lower Eastern Shore. The white perch runs are winding down in this section of the Bay, but there are still plenty of fish to catch as the runs wrap up and the fish make their way out of the tributaries. Multiple anglers found success in the Wicomico and Pocomoke Rivers this week targeting the white perch. Minnows and grass shrimp are the top two producing baits right now. Since the fish are in shallower water, a jighead tipped with bait floated under a bobber is a very effective rig. Tandem rigged shad darts tipped with grass shrimp and bounced along the bottom is another proven method catch perch and many other species. There are also hickory shad showing up in the upper river areas.

shad and perch in the river
Tyler's spring break on the Shore was off the hook - literally!!

Sea Hawk Sports Center let us know that the drum bite in the surf has been improving steadily on the sea side this week despite the weather. More fish are being caught in the surf on the Virginia side of the beaches with Chincoteague noted as having solid action. We haven’t heard of any jumbos yet, but the class of fish seems to be ranging from 25 to 35 inches on average right now. The big ones are definitely out there and more fish will be making their way north and into the sounds in the coming weeks. When targeting the drum, it is best to use fish finder rigs with sand fleas, soft crab, or fresh cut baitfish chunks as bait. For a rundown on catching black drum in the surf check out our how-to video:

The poor weather has also been keeping the flounder bite on the slow side. The best chance at a steadier bite is still at the coastal bays of Virginia’s eastern shore. We have heard unconfirmed reports of a few flatties being caught in Ocean City, and Fish In OC confirmed the first official catch yesterday from an angler who caught an 18-incher. The next warming trend should push more fish into the OC inlet and bay areas. Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle did report good flounder fishing in and around Chincoteague this week with one boat checking in with a three-man limit of fish and another with five nice flounder. Decent bites are also being found in Wachapreague and Folly Creek with more fish pushing into the bays daily.

March 1, 2024
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, March 29 Update: It was a tough week of fishing in much of the region thanks to the weather conditions. Strong winds, colder weather, and a few shots of rain did not allow for many fishing… Read more...
February 2, 2024
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Winter temperatures that we usually see in February returned to the region this week which had anglers bundling up when hitting the water. Sea Hawk Sports Center checked… Read more...
January 5, 2024
Tangier Sound, Pocomoke Sound, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, January 26 Update: Big news was announced this week for striped bass regulations. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has voted for option B2, setting Chesapeake Bay… Read more...