Upper Bay Fishing Reports

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Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update:

Striper fishing is centered around Pooles Island right now, where live eels are the bait of choice for anglers hoping to score striped bass. Angler’s let us know that the bite is oftentimes slow but steady, but paying off eventually for most boats. Much of the fleet has been around the area throughout the week, or across on the channel edges. Catfish have been a major issue for liveliners, and are oftentimes disrupting lines in the water and stealing baits. (Spot are still around in numbers great enough to liveline, though it's getting tougher to fill the livewell by the day; the mouth of the Magothy and the west-side bridge were noted as still holding a few). Despite their bait-snatching inconvenience, they’ve been giving anglers some hefty action when many stripers taking baits are on the lower side of the scale length-wise. Our catfish reports have been off the charts recently, with multiple fish in the 30-inch grade reported this week. Targeting blue catfish proved to be a winner for the Chesapeake Fishing Open, which Matt Shoultz nailed down with a stringer of three fish totaling 96.25 inches. He noted that they fished slightly north of Wharton Creek and found a shoal where the waves broke then the bottom dropped to 50 feet, and that’s where the monster blues were lurking. Cut baits are working best, with cut menhaden and gizzard shad standing out as the best.

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Not a catfish! Not a catfish!

Jiggers are finding satisfaction across the channel edges, at the bridge, and off Love Point, which have been producing more quality fish. Striped bass have been hanging out in pockets across the channel edges, and Alltackle suggested covering ground to locate the fish. Many boats are reporting that slow days have often been paying off after switching up locations and tactics. As the fish are changing up their behavior with the season, anglers should be adapting. Fishing under working birds is also an option many anglers are embracing, when they can be spotted. Casting into them is producing a good amount of schoolies, as well as some keeper fish.

White perch have been a bit more active lately, with the bite in the creeks and on hard bottoms picking up. Small spinners or baited bottom rigs are working well for them. Alltackle mentioned that the morning bite at the mouth of the Magothy has been good, as well as along the pilings and rockpiles of the Bridges.

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 8 Update:

*We apologize for the light reports this week, but due to exhibiting at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis (come see us this weekend at booth F7) and some personal matters we have not been able to gather as much intel as usual. Stay tuned for next week’s reports!

Tochterman’s said that plenty of catfish and white perch are being caught in the rivers. Live lining spot for striped bass has slowed down, and anglers in search of bigger fish are switching over to trolling tactics. Bowleys Bait & Tackle let us know fishing eels near Pooles Island is also producing some decent sized striped bass.

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Dave Patterson and Terry Murphy got ‘em at the Bay Bridge rockpiles.

Brad Spittel reported catching a few keeper sized rockfish trolling small umbrellas near Love Point this past week. Fishing at the Bay Bridge remains a good option for striped bass and white perch and the rockpiles remain a hotspot to target. Dave King caught several surprise sea bass while bottom fishing for perch at the bridge this morning.

Rockfish are moving into fall patterns and Fishbones Bait and Tackle let us know that striped bass fishing in the Magothy has been a good option lately.

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 1 Update:

The bridge continues to hold respectable fish, and Angler’s Sport Center notes that soft crab is working well along with live spot. They also say that some decent fish up into the mid-20s have been caught in the Magothy, and we had a reader check in after catching a 22-incher (and many throwbacks in the 14- to 18-inch range) casting paddle-tails to docks. Reader reports were better from the Love Point area and the lower Chester, where birds have been chasing fast-moving pods of rockfish including both undersized and keeper fish stretching up into the low- to mid-20s. As has been the case recently the schools are small and moving fast, so quickly relocating as soon as the schools move and run-and-gun style fishing is a must.

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Dalton and Luke caught these 20-plus-pound catfish while eeling near Pooles Island.

Anglers fishing bait at the lumps at Pooles Island have been surprised by the number—and size—of the catfish that have taken up residence. They’re even slurping up eels intended for the larger stripers, however, we didn’t get word on any eelers pulling up big rock there this week.

White perch? You can find some casting Beetle Spins in the rivers and creeks or dropping Chesapeake Sabikis over shell bottom in the open Bay on areas like Belvidere Shoals, (the mouth of the Patapsco near Fort Carroll was mentioned as productive in a reader report this week) but overall big fish and big catches remain hard to come by. Many perch-lovers are saying 2021 is one of the lamest seasons they can remember.

September 3, 2021
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, September 24 Update: The Bay Bridges continue to be a focal point for many anglers, with good catches on fish up to 30 inches being reported by readers. Both jiggers and live-liners have been happy, and at least… Read more...
August 6, 2021
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 27 Update: HOT WEATHER ALERT! Hey, FishTalkers! Our region is in the midst of another hot, hot, hot spell! We want to pop in and remind you to please keep undersized fish in the water when releasing them… Read more...
July 2, 2021
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Everyone’s surely looking forward to being able to catch rockfish once again starting August first. Until then most area anglers are targeting white perch. In the heat of the day they’re being… Read more...