Way North Fishing Reports

Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 14 Update:

Old man winter hasn’t exactly been kind to anglers fishing the Chesapeake recently — many coves and creeks are frozen over where protected from the wind, but not necessarily thick enough for ice fishing, and the few anglers willing to brave the conditions are finding their nose hairs frozen and fingertips blue. Despite this, some anglers have been able to find catfish recently where the water was open and conditions were right. Soaking chunks of cut bait has been producing. As throughout the season anglers have been landing some cats upwards of 30 inches, although we didn’t have any photo-confirmed fish that size this week. Another option is heading to the Eastern Shore millponds, which were also partially frozen last weekend but have remained fishable to date.

holding a pickerel fish
This Eastern Shore millpond pickerel was willing to eat despite the cold. Photo courtesy of Eric Packard

We also heard reports from anglers who fished the creeks prior to the recent ice formation and were able to find crappie. They’ve been having a great run this winter season, providing a reward for going out on chilly days. Angler’s recommends using a shad dart tipped with a minnow for them, but in the near future finding fishable locations will be the biggest challenge.

Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Welcome to 2022 anglers! As the new year begins we have plenty of fishing opportunities despite the chill in the air, no doubt… although thanks to the weather that moved in early this week we don’t have solid, recent intel to offer, unfortunately. Just before the storm panfish were still hitting in deeper areas of the rivers with minnow on darts and small jigs producing crappie. We’d also been hearing about a few yellow perch in the Perryville area, a bite which should only pick up steam, and of course the ever-present catfish action in the lower Susquehanna.

crappie angler with fish
A flashback shot of Kenny with some chunky crappie caught from a northern trib before the holidays.


December 3, 2021
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, December 31 Update: Welcome to the final fishing report of 2021! Here’s hoping that 2022 is a better year, both fishing-wise and otherwise. Between the holidays and the drop-off in effort we didn’t hear anything… Read more...
November 5, 2021
Way North Fishing Report, November 26 Update: Hi anglers, we hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving! Currently, those in search of a fish dinner instead of turkey are running into some roadblocks up north, with the Dam bite seriously… Read more...
October 1, 2021
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, October 29 Update: Hi FishTalkers – due to excessive winds throughout the region recently, most of this week’s reports date back to Monday or last weekend. Anglers who made it to the Conowingo Dam reported that… Read more...