chesapeake bay

February 21, 2024
Greetings FishTalkers, and welcome to our new section Ask an Expert where we kick things off by talking with Captain Tom Weaver, of Fish With Weaver, a renowned light tackle and fly fishing guide out…
January 24, 2024
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has voted for option B2, setting Chesapeake Bay 2024 striped bass regulations across all jurisdictions in Maryland, Virginia, and the Potomac River. We…
January 22, 2024
You may remember that as we recreational anglers were recently giving comment on 2024 striped bass reg changes, the Maryland DNR announced an “Emergency Regulation” ending trophy season and…
December 18, 2023
With the latest stock assessment showing falling numbers of striped bass and five years running of poor young-of-year index results, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is changing the…
November 22, 2023
When the Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) changed the Bathymetric Data Viewer (BDV) basemap from raster to Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC), some…
November 20, 2023
Every year like clockwork December rolls around — and we anglers in the Chesapeake Bay fishing zone love this time of year for many reasons. Yes, it gets a bit chilly. But here in Chesapeake Country…
November 18, 2023
Editor’s Note: We’ve covered catch and release best practices more than once, but in the past year have received numerous letters and emails from concerned anglers asking us to beat that drum again…
November 13, 2023
In the Chesapeake’s waters, black sea bass can be both a blessing and a curse. We love to see ‘em, but most of the time they’re bait-stealing juvenile delinquents, pecking away at your offerings…
October 17, 2023
Speckled sea trout are not pushovers. If you have read many of my articles you may have heard me say “Any fish, many fish, big fish, hard fish.” This is the progression most of us take as we get…
September 17, 2023
Chesapeake Bay Fishing is downright awesome, and there’s a huge diversity of Chesapeake Bay fish to chase after. But whether you’re hunting for monster cobia at the Bay’s mouth, looking for…
September 7, 2023
We at FishTalk love getting a bit scientificalish now and again (see articles like Fishing Line Stretch Test: Stretching the Truth, and Fishing Hook Test: Fowl Play), especially when it uncovers some…
September 1, 2023
Fishing reports published in print are generalized and weeks may have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely up-to-date reports, visit our Fishing Reports online. Current…
August 30, 2023
Greetings fellow FishTalkers, I hope you’ve been having an awesome summer of fishing and are as excited as I am at the prospect of fall Chesapeake Bay fishing, angling on the Atlantic Ocean, and…
August 24, 2023
It’s the most common mistake I see people make aboard my boat: when told the fish are hugging bottom, they cast out and then retrieve without knowing exactly where in the water column their jig is.…
August 20, 2023
Weakfish, also known as yellow fin sea trout and gray trout, have not been a big part of Chesapeake Bay fishing in recent decades. In the past few seasons, however, growing numbers have popped up in…
August 18, 2023
Every serious flounder angler dreams of catching doormats — you know, those big trophy fish that make everyone say “wow.” And even though the occasional trophy flounder may be caught mixed in with…
August 15, 2023
We’ve covered standard-issue Spanish mackerel trolling tactics more than once in FishTalk, but it’s been a while and now that August is here most of the Chesapeake should be riddled with these…
August 11, 2023
The Chesapeake Bay entrance is best known for its fishing at the CBBT, but there's far more structure through this area than many anglers realize. Chart I of Chesapeake Bay entrance fishing spots…