Striped bass fishing in the lower bay is being described as a bit slow, as legal-sized fish are tough to find. There has been some trolling success along the steep channel edge between Piney Point and St. Georges Island for those trolling umbrella rigs. Use bucktails dressed with curly tails or sassy shads in white and chartreuse as trailers.
Anglers have been working shallow structure areas such as Cedar Point Light, the targets and shoreline areas in the lower Patuxent, and the Point Lookout area with topwater, paddle tails, and soft plastic jigs in the morning and evening hours. On the eastern side of the bay, the cuts through Hoopers Island have been good places to jig. A fair portion of the striped bass come up short of the minimum size but there are plenty of legal fish to catch.
Perhaps the biggest news on the eastern side of the bay is the good fishing for speckled trout. A few striped bass are also in the mix. There are black drum and red drum in the region and they can be caught on soft or peeler crab baits.
White perch can be found in all of the region’s tidal rivers and creeks. Casting small spinnerbaits, spinners, and small curly-tail jigs all offer a fun way to catch them on light tackle near shoreline structure. Fishing with grass shrimp under a bobber or on a simple bottom rig also works well.
There are plenty of blue catfish to be caught in many of the Chesapeake’s tidal rivers. The tidal Potomac, Patuxent, and Nanticoke rivers offer some of the highest concentrations. In the tidal Potomac, the stretch from the Wilson Bridge down past the Route 301 Bridge offers the best places to fish. The Benedict area of the Patuxent and the area near Sharpstown on the Nanticoke are the center of blue catfish activity. Fresh cut baits of gizzard shad, bluegill sunfish, or white perch make excellent baits.