One of the best places to fish for striped bass is the lower Potomac River. There are a couple of channel edge locations that are producing good fishing but the steep channel edge from St. Georges Island to Piney Point has been an excellent place for live-lining spot. It can be fairly quick to catch a daily limit so many anglers are motoring up to places like the St. Marys and Wicomico rivers, using cut spot to catch blue catfish to round out the day.
Trolling along the main channel edges in the lower Potomac can pay dividends. Trolling with umbrella rigs behind heavy inline weight can work well with bucktails dressed with sassy shads as trailers. Single Drone spoons behind inline weights offer another viable option.
Good striped bass fishing has been found in the lower Patuxent River around the Solomons Bridge piers and also the channel edges. Live-lining spot close to the bridge pier bases has been productive. Trolling with weighted umbrella rigs down deep along the 35-foot channel edge is also another good option. Jigging with soft plastics can also work when fish can be spotted suspended off the edges of the channels.
Spot are readily available in the lower Patuxent River over shell bottom, along with white perch and a few small croakers. Spot can also be found in Tangier Sound and up towards Hooper Island. White perch can be found in the tidal rivers and creeks near structure such as docks, piers, and rocks. Casting small spinnerbaits, roadrunners, and spinners is a fun way to catch them on light tackle in the morning and evening hours.
A mix of striped bass and speckled trout are being caught in the lower Bay in the morning and evening hours by casting paddletails and topwater lures. The lower sections of the tidal rivers are excellent places to cast white, pearl and pink paddletails. Topwater lures work well over grass. The largest speckled trout are coming from the eastern side of the Bay.
The 2022 cobia season got off to a reasonable start and a number of them were caught in Maryland waters near the Target Ship and the Middle Grounds. Most anglers are chumming and fishing with live eels in the back of their chum slick. Chum attracts cownose rays and small sharks which can be pesky at times. Some of the best cobia fishing is still in Virginia waters.
Large red drum are still being caught and released in the Tangier Sound area and near the Target Ship. A popular tactic is slowly motoring over likely-looking areas and watching depth finders for signs of red drum, then dropping a soft crab bait down to the drum, Trolling large spoons is another good way to fish for them as is jigging with large soft plastic jigs when a school can be spotted. Troubled water, slicks, and cloudy water often are signs of a school of large red drum in the area.
Fishing for blue catfish has been very good farther up the Nanticoke River above Sharpsburg and up the Patuxent and Potomac rivers. Baits of fresh cut spot, menhaden, or gizzard shad work well, and even clam snouts and chicken meat will work. Snakeheads are being found in the shallow grassy areas of the upper tidal waters of the Wicomico, Nanticoke, Patuxent, and Potomac rivers. The snakeheads are beginning to spawn in the shallow grass so weedless paddletails, buzzbaits, and frogs can be good choices to fish over grass.
Recreational crabbing continues at a rather slow pace but there are blue crabs out there to catch. The best catches are coming from the lower bay region and catches tend to decline as one goes up the bay. About the best one can hope for is a half bushel per outing, with catches declining as you go north.