Chesapeake Bay &
Tributaries Fishing Reports:
Note: Keith is on
holiday this week so we have asked long-time contributor to
the Fishing Report, Marty Gary, to step in and be a "guest
author". We would like to extend our thanks for his efforts.
Look for Keith to return next week. With Keith's
return, we hope to do the Fisheries Photo Gallery
The peak of the American shad run is now past, but
anglers that fish below Conowingo Dam this week will
still experience good fishing for shad up to 6 pounds
(catch and release only). The fish lift at Conowingo
reached a milestone this past week when it passed the
millionth shad of its operation since 1991 (East lift).
Also in the river, smallmouth bass are very active,
along with a few walleye and white perch. On the
Susquehanna Flats, largemouth bass have been active in
the slowly emerging vegetation along the western
margin, including the Fishing Battery. Try spinner
baits and small crankbaits. Some nice white perch have
been reported from Charlestown, Carpenter Point and off
the VA Hospital. A couple of big channel cats were
caught off Perry Point on cut baits this past weekend.
largemouth bass fishing has been fairly productive on
woody structure in the Sassafras, Gunpowder and Bush
Rivers on spinner and jerk baits. Striper fishing was
slow above the Bay Bridges the past few days. Trollers
pick up a few large fish to 34 inches on bucktails and
parachutes. A few anglers that chummed reported spotty
catches at Love Point and Belvedere Shoals. Only a
couple of reports of white perch on the shell bottoms
off the Magothy and the hard bottom south of Eastern
Neck Island in the Chester River should also produce
white perch. Kent Narrows is seeing fair numbers of
small stripers (14 to 18 inches) on the bulkheads and
the bridge pilings.
Mid Bay Region:
Catches of migrant stripers hung on stubbornly for fishermen
that were willing to put in some hours. Fish up to 34 inches
were still being reported from Bloody Point down to Little
Cove Point, but the best catches were to the south. Many boats
switched to smaller presentations and were rewarded with
resident stripers (17 to 26 inches) along the 30 to 45 foot
contour. Croaker reports were spotty, with confirmed catches
on the hard bottom from Thomas Point Light to Hackett's,
better catches off Sharps Island and Breezy Point and a few
fish on Cooks Point and Castle Haven. Rob Purdy of
Silver Spring, MD submitted the photo at left and this account
of big, early season croaker:
wanted to submit this photo of a very nice croaker I caught
Thursday, May 6 near the second green buoy heading out from
the South River. We were drift fishing with cut squid and this
is the only fish we caught that day. I figure the croaker must
have been at least 18" because that's the span of my shoulders
and he matches that, maybe beats it a little. Hope to see it
on the Fishing Report and keep up the great work!"
White perch have been reported on shell and hard mud bottoms
at Hacketts, the Matapeake Pier, Holland Point Bar, and three
legged buoy at the mouth of the Severn. A few black drum were
reported from the pound nets off Hooper's Island, and with
numbers of black drum in Virginia looking good, hopefully our
fishermen will have a good season in the coming weeks.
As one might have guessed, the best remaining bite for large,
migrant stripers has been from Buoy #76 south, with the
eastern edge most productive along the 40-60 foot contour.
Still, the best boats are getting 3 or 4 fish, often after
having put in a long day. Keith Bream of Baltimore
beauty of striped bass near Buoy #76 on a charter out of
Solomons. A few boats have worked the eastern edge from Buoy
#72A south to the Target ship chumming for smaller striped
bass. Success was fair for 16 to 24 inch fish. Croaker
continue to move into deeper waters daily and both sides of
the channel have produced fish to 18 inches. 25 to 40 depths
have been most productive using shrimp and razor clams. A
couple of weakfish have been caught near the American Mariner.
No sign of bluefish as yet. The Point Lookout Pier was
reporting a few croaker in the morning and late afternoon.
Cornfield Harbor saw catches of croaker in 20 to 35 foot
depths. Scattered catches of croaker have been reported as far
upriver as St. George's Island. Over in Tangier Sound, not
much has been reported. Bottom fishermen have caught a few
croaker near Puppy Hole and to the east of Kedge's Straits.
SOUND MAP -
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We have added a new link to some very
valuable information for Chesapeake Bay Anglers. DNR's
"Eyes on the Bay" website has data coming in from
remote sensing stations in the Chesapeake Bay and
tributaries. It is well worth checking this out. Click
on the map below.