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 Reports presented by Intrinsic

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Tuna anglers are reporting mixed results, with some finding surprisingly large yellowfin up over the 70-pound mark and putting up to just over a half-dozen in the boat, and others coming up blank, between a mix of trollers and chunkers. The canyons have been offering a better bet than the inshore lumps recently and there have also been more billfish showing up in the past week to keep things active. The Washington was mentioned by a reader… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Snakes are as unpredictable these days as the thunderstorms — they can be hot, or not. FishTalk team member Zach Ditmars, contributor Eric Packard, and some friends hit Blackwater late this week and caught some very nice specimens, but not huge numbers with just one to three fish per angler. That said, we’ve also heard of better action at Blackwater from readers, and on the west side from the creeks off the Potomac, Rappahannock, and Havre de Grace.… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Everyone’s surely looking forward to being able to catch rockfish once again starting August first. Until then, however, perch, catfish, and snakeheads are the only games in town. We heard from readers having snakish success this week in the Havre de Grace area, with catfish action taking place in the deeper areas surrounding the flats and up in the river near the 95 bridge. Cut fish or chicken livers work just fine. Rich Gray encountered… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Everyone’s surely looking forward to being able to catch rockfish once again starting August first. Until then most area anglers are targeting white perch. In the heat of the day they’re being found on deeper shoals including Belvidere, alongside some spot. Chesapeake Sabikis tipped with lugworms or bottom rigs have been the mainstay. In the tribs, the action is mostly limited to daybreak, sunset, and shaded pockets of water with structure… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Ready for the return to rockfish? Soon people, soon—August 1 is the date! Many Middle Bay anglers have turned to white perch to keep themselves busy through the closure, but even this has become a bit of a tough game at times. The perch seem to be shifting position according to the time of day, with the trib shallows, riprap, and piers producing mostly early and late for those casting Perch Pounders, Super Roosters, and similar lures. Mid-… Read more from Middle Bay...

Coastal Fishing Reports presented by The Tackle Box

Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Some more flounder reports have come in for the Lower Bay region, a development which we certainly hope to see continue. Point Lookout in Cornfield Harbor, the lower Rappahannock, and The Cell all got mentions for the flatfish with most on the small side but several keepers coming to the net. Kevin found some flounder in the Rap, willing to eat squid strips. Awesome job, Kevin! Some bull reds are wandering the Lower Bay and while we didn… Read more from Lower Bay...

Tangier and Lower Shore Reports presented by Suzuki Outboard Motors

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, July 30 Update: Speck action continues to attract the most attention, and Sea Hawk reports that the bite is holding up even through the dog days of summer. Small four-inch paddletails in white, electric chicken, and chartreuse are top picks. Mostly small stripers are also in the mix for shallow-water casters, but one reader reported throwing back several that were big enough for the cooler this week. Dan encountered this beautiful over-sized… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...

Way South Fishing Reports presented by Dometic

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: The action at the mouth of the Bay is hopping, with plenty of options. Oceans East is noting that flounder fishing is on the upswing near the CBBT, and some very nice flatfish have been coming in to the scales. Several limit catches were in the reports, too. Spadefish are also present in good numbers with reports coming in of better catches this week. Cobia are of course the main attraction, but the presence of countless sharks and rays… Read more from Way South...