This region is offering some of the best opportunities to catch a trophy striped bass. The west side of the shipping channel from the Parkers Creek area north past Breezy Point, Chesapeake Beach, and past Thomas Point to Hacketts Point have been excellent places to troll for striped bass. The east side of the shipping channel from the Brick House Bar to Bloody Point, south past Buoy 83 to the CP Buoy should not be overlooked.
Trolling spreads of large parachutes and bucktails dressed with equally large sassy shads rigged in tandem behind planer boards are popular as always. Umbrella rigs with parachute or bucktail trailers have also been part of most trolling spreads, and medium-sized lures are mixed in for smaller striped bass.
White perch are providing plenty of fun and rewarding fishing in the tidal rivers and creeks of the middle bay. They can now be found near docks and piers, breakwaters at harbor entrances, fallen treetops, and similar shoreline structure. When fishing near docks and piers, a small sinker, a single hook, and a piece of bloodworm or a grass shrimp is hard to beat when fished tight to the dock or pier. Casting small spinners, curly tail jigs, spinnerbaits, or small rattle trap lures near shoreline structure can offer lots of fun light-tackle action.
The steep channel edge in front of St. George’s Island in the lower Potomac River is also a location that is getting a lot of attention. Potomac River regulations concerning striped bass can be found on the Potomac River Fisheries Commission website.
Fishing for blue catfish continues to attract a lot of anglers to the tidal Potomac River from the Wilson Bridge down to the Bushwood area at the mouth of the Wicomico River. Most all who fish for them are easily catching as many as they need. Fresh cut bait remains the preferred bait. On the Eastern Shore, the Nanticoke River in the Sharptown-Marshyhope area is productive to fish for blue catfish, and they are becoming more common in the Wicomico and Pocomoke rivers.