Thursday, November 18, 2021

Fishing Report

 Trollers and jiggers are finding rockfish in the Potomac and Patuxent.

The fish are breaking on the Chinese Muds daily in the mouth of the Patuxent. The thrash of feeding fish chasing the bait to the surface is drawing flocks of gulls. Boaters using light tackle find the working birds and drop their jigs on the bottom seeking keeper-sized rockfish 18 inches or better.

The smaller fish are on the top. Trollers are bouncing their lures on the bottom and circle the breaking fish. Catches of 26 to 32 inch stripers are the reward in the 5 to 7 pound range.

The same pattern extends up the Patuxent with plenty of rockfish feeding on small alewives that are very plentiful. Those not chasing birds are trolling up fine rockfish on the edges of the oyster bars and dropoffs in both the Patuxent and Potomac.

The bay shipping channel has rockfish breaking and trollers catching plenty from the PR to the HI buoys and both north and south of those markers. Reliable locations for schools of rock include the artificial reefs below St. Jeromes Creek and the Middle Grounds. The Triangle area from Point Lookout to Smith Point out to buoy 60 has schools of hungry rockfish

Crappie are biting now in St. Mary's Lake with catches of 20 or more caught in a single outing being common. The crappie will take crappie jigs and live minnows readily. Bass and pickeral are also eager to take lures in the lake.

There are active schools of rockfish in the Potomac from the mouth to the bridge. Catches are very good. From Piney Point north there are hungry catfish of considerable size taking trolled lures aimed at stripers.

Catfishing is very good in both the Potomac and Patuxent. Both shore fishermen and boaters find catfish hitting cut alewife and mud shad. Some shore fishermen in the mouth of the Patuxent have found both rockfish and catfish taking cut bait at night. The catfish are 7 to 10 pounds with one 40 pounder surprising the surfcasters. We had no idea these big cats were cruising around after dark this close to the open bay, but we saw the photos along with the 28-inch rockfish.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Fishing Report

The later part of this week will resemble summer just as we approached some nighttime temps in the 40's. So, the fish may act like it's the Fourth of July one day and like it's Thanksgiving the next.

Night fishermen at the head of Helen's creek off the Patuxent caught a couple dozen big spot, plenty of perch, and some keeper rockfish on bloodworms last Friday.

Spanish mackerel and bull redfish were caught near buoy 72A on Saturday in the afternoon when the gale winds subsided.

Slot redfish were consistent all week in the Potomac's Cornfield Harbor for lure casters from Harry James Creek to the tip of Point Lookout. Plenty of undersized puppy drum are there too.

Speckled trout were caught by savvy fishermen trolling bucktail tandems in the Patuxent from Sheridan Point to Half Pone Point. That stretch of water is about 12 miles long and I have heard tales of catches all week of rock and trout mixed throughout that area.

Hefty rockfish were reported caught at Benedict both north and south of the bridge and under the bridge by trollers bouncing bucktails on the bottom.

Crappie fishermen using jigs and swimming lures caught as many as twenty good-sized fish at St. Mary's Lake. The bass and pickerel fishing there is excellent, too. Shore fishermen using live minnows fished under a bobber can get a good mess for dinner.

Rockfish on the points and creek mouths are playing hide and seek for lure casters. One day they are plentiful, and the next they are few and far between. The very high tides followed by very low tides have both fish and fishermen confused.

The trollers using tandems and small umbrella rigs of bucktails and small surgical eels are doing very well in both the Patuxent and Potomac. The fish are all over, from 15 feet to the very depths of the channel in 50 feet or more. Bigger fish seem to be deeper.

Shoreline fishermen casting swimming plugs, bucktails, and spoons are still doing well at dusk and dawn. Light trollers using bucktails in shallow water are scoring. This fishing will dwindle as the water cools and clears. Old school thinking is that shallow water fishing is done by Halloween, and the deep trollers take over with good catches.

Bottom fishermen in the Patuxent at Hawk's Nest and in front of the Navy Pier report spot, perch, and hardhead. But, it is very inconsistent.

Trollers in the Potomac are doing very well catching stripers in the deeper water. There are big catfish taking those lures too. The aggressive catfish are mostly active from St. George Island and north. The farther up the river, the more catfish.

The fishing is really excellent now and we have great weather in the forecast. Old man winter is coming; now is the time to go fishing.

Fishing Report

  Trollers and jiggers are finding rockfish in the Potomac and Patuxent. The fish are breaking on the Chinese Muds daily in the mouth of t...