Tammy's Tackle, Home of Calvin Tyler's Tackle Shop. We are located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland and we sell all kinds of fishing supplies and tools. We also provide fishing reports for the Southern Maryland area. We have rods, reels, hooks, sinkers, rigs, steel leaders, lures, bucktails, parachutes, spoons, planers, fishing bags, tools and much more.
There are new striped bass regulations now
in effect in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters.
Anglers may keep one striped bass per person per day, with a minimum length of
19 inches and a maximum length of 31 inches.
The Cedar Point rocks is another favored spot for casting
topwater lures, paddletails, and jerkbaits up close to the rocks in the early
morning or evening hours, and work soft plastic jigs in the deeper waters
during the day. The Calvert Cliffs Power Plant warm water discharge is another
popular location to drift and jig close to the bottom with a variety of
A good depth finder is an important tool when searching for
suspended striped bass along deep channel edges; once found vertical jigging
with light tackle is one of the most exciting ways to fish for striped bass.
Trolling is a popular option, especially on the larger boats,
and they will be pulling a variety of setups. Planers and inline weights can be
used to get spoons down to where the fish are holding. Tandem-rigged bucktails
and swim shads are popular behind inline weights, and finally there are the
umbrella rigs that are a lot to reel in but it works out fine when there is a
striped bass hooked on the trailer. Swim shads and bucktails are common
The lower Potomac River offers plenty of good striped bass
fishing this week; the tidal Potomac has the bonus of being able to keep two
striped bass per day if they measure 20 inches to 31 inches.
Some anglers will be chunking or chumming at favorite locations
and in many areas will have their hands full with blue catfish being attracted
to their chum slicks or drifting chunks of cut bait. Drifting peeler or soft
crab baits along channel edges and the mouths of creeks flowing into Tangier
and Pocomoke sounds is a very productive way to target striped bass and
speckled trout. A few black drum have been caught in the area and red drum will
If anyone is looking for some nonstop action, there are plenty
of blue catfish to be caught in the tidal Potomac, the Patuxent, the Nanticoke,
and numbers of blue catfish are increasing in the Wicomico and Pocomoke rivers.
There are also charter boats that are offering blue catfish trips on the tidal
White perch are now being found near the mouths of the region’s
tidal rivers and creeks and can be caught on grass shrimp or pieces of
bloodworm on bottom rigs. They will also begin to move into Tangier Sound. The
mouth of the Patuxent is usually a great place to target them on the oyster
Northern snakeheads are entertaining
anglers throughout the region this week. The snakeheads are very active and
striking baits in the tidal rivers and creeks. Paddletails tend to be one of
the favorite lure choices but large minnows under a bobber work well
also. Shallow grass is always a fun place to use
topwater lures in the form of frogs, buzzbaits and poppers. When fishing in
tidal waters watch out for northern snakeheads and if you suspect a strike from
one, give it a second before setting the hook – they are famous for short
White perch can be found in the lower
sections of the region’s tidal rivers, usually in deeper waters during the day
and shallower in the evening. Grass shrimp or pieces of bloodworm can be fished
on a simple one-hook bottom rig that is constructed so the baited hook is about
5-6 inches off the bottom. Use as little weight as possible. In the evenings
white perch can be found near shoreline structures in the form of rocks, sunken
wood, and dock piers.
are enjoying these last few days of striped bass catch-and-release fishing in
the deepest waters of the shipping channel. Those who are trolling are using
heavy parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads in tandem at depths of
50 feet or more. Light-tackle anglers are watching their depth finders for
striped bass chasing menhaden in the shipping channel. Large soft plastic jigs
in the range of 2 ounces with 9-inch soft plastic bodies are being used at
depths of 50 more or more by anglers using braid line.
bass are now in place at the spawning reaches of the Nanticoke, Patuxent, and
Potomac Rivers. The waters are warming up just enough that some preliminary
spawning is taking place. The bulk of the spawning activity should take place
during the end of the first week of April and into the second week; all fishing
for striped bass is prohibited during April.
for white perch is good in the middle to upper reaches of the region’s spawning
rivers. White perch are being found in the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers, the
upper Patuxent, and tributaries of the tidal Potomac River. Small jig heads or
shad darts tipped with a piece of fresh minnow or bloodworm will do the trick,
as will a simple one-hook bottom rig. White perch will often be found working
their way up the deeper channels and holes where water depths start to become
mix of hickory shad and American shad are increasing in numbers in the Potomac
River within District of Columbia waters, Mattawoman Creek, and the upper
is an exciting and fun catch-and-release fishery for light-tackle anglers using
spinning or fly-fishing tackle. Colorful sinking flies, shad darts, and small
flashy spoons will attract the attention of both species of shad.
catfish are certainly in play this week and offer plenty of action for those
fishing along the edges of the main river channels. The tidal Potomac River
from the Wilson Bridge south to the Route 301 Bridge holds large concentrations
of blue catfish. Fishing from shore or from a boat with enough lead to hold
bottom, large circle hooks and cut bait is the ticket to catching them. The
Patuxent River from Benedict to Jug Bay holds large concentrations of blue
catfish as does the Nanticoke River in the Sharpstown area.