Fishing Reports

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Coastal Fishing Report, May 27 Update: It’s tough to resist heading to the inlets and back bays along the coast to score some flounder right now. This season’s bite has been wicked good, and reports this week continued to indicate a thriving bite. Anglers fishing for them are drifting squid strips or bouncing soft plastics off the bottom, mostly catching flatfish in the mid-size range. Wachapreague and Chincoteague remain hot zones, with readers checking in from those areas after catching two… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Lakes and reservoirs are providing steady action through the region, as many species shift from spawning mode into fatten-back-up mode. Contributor Eric Packard headed north this past weekend and hit Lums Pond, where he reported bass, crappie, bluegill, perch, and pickerel were all chewing. A square bill crankbait and wacky worms tempted the larger fish while a micro-jig under a float got the panfish biting. He noted that the best bite came from the… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: With striped bass closed to anglers in much of the water north of the Hart-Miller-Tolchester line until June first (see the DNR striped bass season map for the details on which areas are open and which are closed), most of the attention up north is on catfish, white perch, and snakehead. Catfish are all over the Susquehanna Flats, in the Conowingo Dam pool, and throughout the tribs. And we really do mean all over — anglers fishing from… Read more from Way North...
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Striped bass fishing seems to be picking up in this area, with readers and Angler’s Sport Center reporting that there were some good reports from around the Bridge and north this week. Love Point and the mouth of the Chester also seem to be developing hotspots, with a strong mix of small and keeper-sized rockfish being reported by readers both trolling and chumming. The shipping channel north of the bridge and Tolchester were also identified… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Good things have been happening in the Middle Bay, with multiple tactics proving successful in the region. Trollers, chummers, and anglers fishing light tackle are enjoying a healthy striper bite. Out in the main Bay, much of the fleet is trolling around the channel edges, pulling white and chartreuse spreads. Bucktails, umbrellas, and sassy shads are the most common gear you’ll see trailing boats. Angler’s reported Buoy 83, Bloody Point,… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Striped bass fishing is ON in the Lower Bay and the fleet is on the move. Trollers are enjoying some pretty solid striped bass fishing along the shipping channels, with the Tackle Box checking in to report that white and chartreuse bucktails and sassy shad are getting them to hit. Reports of catches in the mid-20’s and the occasional low-30 inch-range fish have been pretty frequent, with good numbers of fish around. A handful of larger… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Overall, the bite throughout the Sounds was picking up through the course of this week. Red drum, specked trout, and striped bass are providing a plethora of fishing opportunities. Sea Hawk reports that red drum fishing has centered around the shallows, where soaking chunks of crab in grassy areas with stumps is getting them to bite. Heading to deeper water, the channel edges are holding black drum. Fishing chunks of crab or… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 27 Update: As we move into Memorial Day weekend, summer fishing has official kicked off in Virginia waters with plenty of action. These waters are alive with red and black drum, speckled trout, striped bass, sheepshead, and other species. Speckled trout are drawing many anglers and haven’t been shy near the shorelines — Ocean’s East reported that anglers using four-to-five-inch twister and paddle tails have been smashing them in increasing numbers… Read more from Way South...