Upper Bay Fishing Reports

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 1 Update:

Fishing for striped bass has slowed down significantly in the upper Bay, but there are still pockets of fish around. Anglers are just having to work harder to find them. Keeping an eye out for working birds is reliable right now, though it often requires covering lots of water to find the bird show. Recently there have also been some “false alarms” triggered by loons pushing bait to the surface. River mouths, Love Point, the Bay Bridge rock piles, and areas in the Patapsco are all places that historically hold fish in the winter months. Anglers Sport Center recommended that those who are still looking to catch white perch can find them in deeper water areas with oyster bottom. The perch also tend to school up at the rock piles below the Bay Bridge where dropping down along the rock piles and drifting with the tide is a good way to pick up some perch if they are in the area.

rock fishing in the chesapeake
Brian and Capt. Mike got ‘em in the Upper Bay even after the cold set in.

A more reliable bite right now is for blue catfish, which are plentiful in the upper Bay tributaries. The cats will be holding in the deeper holes and along channel edges. The colder months are a prime opportunity to catch these big catfish and the bite is showing no signs of slowing down. The more popular baits to use include cut bunker, eel, shad, and chicken. It has also become increasingly popular to soak chicken baits in powdered Kool-Aid for added scent. Surprisingly, the catfish seem to love it.

Pickerel fishing is also very good this time of year in the upper Bay tidal tributaries. The Magothy River, Bodkin Creek, and Baltimore area creeks are all great areas to target pickerel. Popular lures include spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and jerkbaits. Live minnows also work very well when fished close to nearshore structure. The CCA Pickerel Championship is currently taking place and is a great opportunity to compete against fellow anglers in a few different divisions. Crappie, pickerel, perch, and bass can all win prizes. The tournament runs until the end of February, so there is still plenty of time to sign up.

August 4, 2023
Upper Bay Fishing Report, August 25 Update: Fall like temperatures have been a welcomed sign of summer winding down. While some may wish for summer temps to stick around, many anglers are ready for the action that fall usually brings. Anglers Sport… Read more...
July 7, 2023
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 28 Update: Red Alert: It's come to our attention that anglers fishing around pound nets are being cited by Natural Resources Police. We have reached out to the DNR to attempt to get clarification on why (no… Read more...
June 2, 2023
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 30 Update: The best rock fishing still seems to be happening in the upper Bay with many boats traveling from all over to get in on the action. Reader reports continue to flow in from the Patapsco, which has… Read more...