Way North Fishing Reports

Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 1 Update:

Most of the bite in this region is still focused on catfish and snakehead. Anglers who fished the Conowingo Dam this week reported that while casting into the pool with soft plastics was seldom tempting (mostly small) stripers, soaking baits was getting the cats to bite much more frequently. We also had an angler report catching a catfish on a spinner. The tune is pretty much the same on the Susquehanna Flats. Casting and jigging for striped bass is netting narrow results, particularly on high-intensity heat days. Letting cut menhaden, chicken liver, and clam snout sit on bottom for catfish is the strategy many anglers hoping to catch are taking. Several snakes were also reported on the Flats this week. Casting topwater lures, frogs, and plugs is activating them in weedy areas.

perch in livewell
White perch fishing hasn't been awesome, but you can fill a bucket with dinner if you put in some time.

White perch are the other ongoing fishery right now; they’re also throughout creeks and the tribs, taking shad darts tipped with grass shrimp or blood worm, small spinners, and bottom rigs. The bite isn't as awesome as one would normally expect for white perch, but that seems to be the case up and down the Bay and we are hearing of some dozen-plus fish catches including a few hitting the one-foot mark.

June 3, 2022
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, June 23 Update: Although striper action around the Conowingo Dam pool and across the Flats isn’t turning any heads, blue and flathead catfish are biting steady. These species are heavy throughout both areas… Read more...
May 6, 2022
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: With striped bass closed to anglers in much of the water north of the Hart-Miller-Tolchester line until June first (see the DNR striped bass season map for the details on which areas are open… Read more...
April 1, 2022
North Chesapeake Fishing Report, April 29 Update: With the weather settling down a bit the shad bite showed some improvement early in the week. We didn’t hear words like “red hot” or “gangbusters,” but some decent catches have been made below the… Read more...