Upper Bay Fishing Reports

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 1 Update:

Reports from the Upper Bay for rockfish remain better than elsewhere right now, with a good portion of the fleet at traditional hotspots in this region. The Tolchester lumps, Bay Bridge Pilings, and channel edges off Still Pond down to the Pooles Island/Tolchester zone. Throughout these areas, live-lining is a favorite method to fish right now. There are plenty of spot available off Sandy Point and other hard bottomed areas, plus white perch in the rivers, both of which make a tempting treat for the striped bass. Anglers livelining have been hooking into some nice fish, with one angler reporting three fish in the upper-20s from the Tolchester area this week. They did mention that over the weekend they headed out painfully early to make sure they got plenty of spot and hit the morning bite before 10,000 boats parked over the fish. The morning bite has been good recently, and anglers are finding some topwater success with it as well; we heard one stray topwater report from Podickory Point. Angler’s Sport Center also reported fish at these zones and noted that plenty of catfish are being caught amongst the rock when bait is in play.

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Ashley out-fished her husband once again, catching this 21.5 inch rock jigging with paddle-tails in the Upper Bay.

Trolling the channel edges is still luring in a few bass, too. They’ve recently been favoring white umbrellas and sassy shad, plus bucktails. White is absolutely the stand out color right now — anglers who opted to jig and cast light tackle throughout this week similarly reported that white is outperforming other colors. Despite the good reports from this zone of the Bay, remember people, fishing is fishing – we also heard from a reader this week who marked plenty of fish at Pooles early this week, but said the tide never seemed to kick in and he went bite-less for several hours. He also mentioned spotting dolphin, all that way up north.

White perch are also active in this zone. Anglers hitting them are headed to the Bridge pilings on the west side, and up creeks and tribs. Shad darts tipped with grass shrimp or blood worm or small spinners in shallow areas, and bottom rigs in deep water, are all working for them.

Crabbing Report: We didn't get word of any good (nor bad) catches in the Upper Bay this week, but... 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

June 3, 2022
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 23 Update: Striper fishing in the Upper Bay continues to be the rockfish highlight of the entire region this week. Anglers who checked in with us from the channel edges off Still Pond down to the Pooles… Read more...
May 6, 2022
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Striped bass fishing seems to be picking up in this area, with readers and Angler’s Sport Center reporting that there were some good reports from around the Bridge and north this week. Love Point… Read more...
April 1, 2022
Upper 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. That said, we talked to several angers… Read more...