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Posted on May 4, 2015 | Permalink

Big Stripers in Breton Bay

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

I've been catching 28-35 inch stripers off my pier all last week. Using raw shrimp fishing for Blue Catfish but just catching stripers.

Tags: striped bass

Posted on April 9, 2015 | Permalink

Snakehead Tips

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

I've been fishing here in Breton Bay every year of my life and this one was a first. Not sure if it's a bad sign or not but while fishing on my kayak I came across a 22 inch dead snakehead. The good thing was it was dead. The bad thing was that it was here. I've tried to catch them before here but I've never gotten a bite or any evidence of them being here. Any tips on bait to use to catch them?

DNR Response: They aren't frequently caught in Breton Bay, but I've heard reports from there. This time of year, many of them are moving a lot to find spawning grounds. They tend to move more upstream and into fresher water. Often times, you'll see them at the base of spillways or small dams. As for a good bait to use, we summarized data on that and have it presented here: You can also search the angler's log for what's working on snakehead. I know a lot of folks bow hunt for them, but traditional tackle like spinners and frogs can work depending on the season you're fishing. I haven't heard of too many people baiting their hooks with live minnows, but I suspect that would work too. If you're interested, there's a Potomac Snakehead Tournament out of Smallwood in June. They have bow hunters and anglers, and this year they're including folks targeting blue catfish as well. Take care and good luck!

Tags: northern snakehead

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Permalink

Tons of fish... But bluegill in saltwater?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

In Breton Bay there's been redfish, bluefish, carp, bluegill, striped bass, and white perch. It's saltwater so it's weird there was a bluegill.

DNR Response: A variety of fish that most people consider freshwater can tolerate a fair amount of salinity in areas often referred to as "brackish" where there is a mixing of freshwater and bay water. Sunfish such as bluegills and even largemouth bass and chain pickerel can be found in these areas at times.

Tags: Carp, Bluegill, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Red Drum, White Perch

Posted on July 10, 2014 | Permalink

Breton Bay Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

Catching puppy drum in the Breton Bay today. Off of beetle spins. Bluefish also moving in and biting on beetle spins rigged with (1/8oz) neon green bucktails. The perch are still biting very well and are still coming in at the 10-13 inch range.

Tags: Red Drum, Bluefish, White Perch

Posted on June 27, 2014 | Permalink

Breton Bay Update with a White Perch Bananza

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Breton Bay

Been catching croaker and a lot of White Perch in Breton Bay. White Perch are mostly in the 8-11 inch slot but are being caught here between 12-15 inches! Wednesday we caught around 100 and kept 47 with a few in the 13 inch range and 1 croaker around 12 inches.

Also the Blue cats have been biting very well in the Breton Bay, all in the 30-40+ inch range. This one was 42 inches! Caught off of a 2oz triangle sinker with steel leader and a size 2 treble hook with a balled up piece of Bluecat meat for bait. These are other pictures of all the Bluecats we've caught! Just tryin to help get rid of the blue cat population!

Tags: White Perch, Croaker, Blue Catfish, Invasive

Posted on February 21, 2013 | Permalink

Any Change of a Good Croaker Season This Year?

Type: All
Region: Various
Location: Various

Are catfish biting in the Breton Bay waters yet? And what are the chances of having a good croaker season compared to last year? I didn't catch many croaker last year compared to years past but I pulled in tons of striped bass and unusually red drum, is there a reason for the dramatic change in dominant species in my waters?

DNR Response: I would expect a similar year for croaker in 2013 to 2012. The number of juvenile croaker produced in 2009-2011 was below average. 2008 and 2012 were good years for juvenile production, so the majority of the croaker you do catch should be decent size fish (the 2008 year class). Recruitment in the other years was not a total failure so some intermediate size fish will be caught. Generally croaker do not become available to Maryland anglers until age 2, but the 2012 year class was strong enough that I would expect some fish around the legal size limit to be encountered. Croaker are not tolerant of our winter water temperatures and do not come here to spawn. Therefore, they migrate south each winter and come back here to feed and avoid ocean predators. Climatic conditions, water quality and food availability in Chesapeake Bay, and out of state waters play a role in migration patterns. For example, if conditions are favorable in NC and VA we may not see as many croaker, particularly if the population is not extremely high. Of course if we get ideal conditions we could see more than expected. These same factors are generally what cause shifts in fish species in one area from year to year. Red drum appeared to have a very good year class in 2011, coupled with favorable water temperature and salinity levels, which led to our unusually high catches of juvenile fish last year.

Tags: catfish, croaker, red drum, striped bass

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