Fishing Reports

Weekly fishing reports for the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic and surrounding region. If you would like to be notified via e-mail when our weekly fishing reports are updated, click here to sign up.

Coastal Fishing Report, May 16 Update: There's a lot happening along the coast this week, people! Thanks to wind it's been tough for the offshore boat to make many trips, but when a window allows, bluefin are being caught trolling at the canyons. We haven't heard of any monsters, but limit catches are a very real possibility. Closer to home, many anglers are preparing to set their sights on sea bass and trolling spoons along the inshore lumps, where large numbers of blues are on the attack.… Read more from Coastal...

Freshwater Fishing Reports presented by District Angling

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, May 16 Update: People, we hate to sound like a broken record, but…yet again, thanks to substantial rainfall, rivers, creeks, and other areas of moving water are running high and muddy throughout the region. The effects are localized but widespread, and some rivers are much worse off then others, but as a general rule of thumb, focusing on larger bodies of water that are less effected by runoff is a good move. Trout anglers can still check the stocking… Read more from Freshwater...

Way North Fishing Reports presented by Clyde's Sports Shop 

Way North Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Despite poor water conditions, fishing has faired well in the northern reaches of the Bay. Herb’s noted that starting on the 16th of May, anglers are allowed to take home one striper between 16 and 26 inches and plenty are around. They suggest casting white, chartreuse, or purple BKDs. Sarges suggested chumming or chunking the Podickory Point and Love Point channel edges. They also note that with tons of blue and channel catfish in the mix, it’s wise to… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Although the catching has been tough in recent weeks, many anglers gathering around the channel edges of Podickory Point and Love Point are finding fish as we move from trophy season into schoolie season. Tochterman's reported that many guys have been light tackle jigging using white, chartreuse, and purple BKDs or other soft plastics. As the season opens up, plenty of anglers will be leaving the docks with buckets of chum and plenty of fresh… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Reports presented by Deeper

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Fishing conditions in the Middle Bay are slowly improving, and as trophy season winds down, this week anglers on the water were hauling in more trophy fish than we saw the rest of this season. Anglers reported that the channel edge at Hacketts, Bloody Point to the CP buoy, Thomas Point, and around Calvert Cliffs have all been hotspots. With the overall very slow trophy season coming to an end, a few anglers are still choosing to troll… Read more from Middle Bay...

Lower Bay Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Hi anglers, and welcome to the "new" Lower Bay report. In an effort to better reflect the Bay's geography, area overlap, and where the anglers who fish in the Bay's different zones tend to focus, we're shifting our coverage a bit in this report. Moving forward we'll attempt to incorporate more of the waters historically considered as part of the Lower Bay regardless of state boundaries and landmarks. This may cause more overlap in some of the… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier Sound and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Redfish and speckled trout are now swimming in these waters, and have been caught by anglers slinging four- to six-inch plastics and swimbaits to the drop-offs, stump-fields, and creek-mouths of the islands in both Maryland and Virginia waters. The bulk of the catch, however, remains stripers in the 16 to 26 class with a few larger fish popping up here and there. As far as fishing for schoolies on light tackle goes, this… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Fishing Report, May 16 Update: Welcome to the "new" Way South report. In an effort to more accurately reflect the geographic areas of the Bay, how they overlap, and where people living in its different zones fish, we're shifting our focus a bit. You'll find that the Lower Bay report will now include much of the area previously covered here (such as Western Shore tribs like the Rappahannock and James), while we try to focus the Way South coverage more on the mouth of the Bay. There… Read more from Way South...