The Potomac River is offering good fishing for striped bass and many are having the best success by trolling umbrella rigs along the channel edges. Anglers should note that Potomac River Fisheries Commission regulations allow two striped bass per day that measure 20 inches or larger in the main stem of the tidal river. If you are fishing within a Maryland tributary to the Potomac, the daily creel limit is one striped bass per day at 19 inches.
Breaking fish made up of sub-legal striped bass and the last of the bluefish are popping up throughout the region, chasing bait in the form of bay anchovies and juvenile menhaden. Bait is pouring out of the rivers and headed down the bay. The edges of the shipping channel often provide the swiftest currents to sweep schools of bait along on a falling tide.
White perch are providing plenty of great fishing opportunities in the lower reaches of the tidal rivers. Most have left their summer habitat in the creeks and shallower areas of the rivers and are holding over hard bottom in the deeper waters of the rivers. Pieces of bloodworm on a two-hook bottom rig are the most popular way to catch them. Anglers report that most of the larger spot have left the region.
There are plenty of blue catfish waiting for anglers in the tidal Potomac, Patuxent, and Nanticoke rivers. Cooler water temperatures have blue and channel catfish feeding aggressively, building up body stores for the coming winter. Fresh-cut bait of spot or white perch are two of the easier baits to obtain, but fresh menhaden also makes good bait.