Fishing Reports

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Coastal Fishing Reports presented by Legendary Trailers

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 21 Update: From Delaware down through Virginia, tog have become pretty much the only game in town for the moment unless you want to catch dogfish. Capt. Monty on the Morning Star is getting out on the days that allow and reports a decent but not red-hot bite, generally speaking. Difficult conditions have been keeping boats at the dock, much of the week. Bending a rod along the coast will mean going tog fishing, for most anglers these days. Photo… Read more from Coastal...
Freshwater Fishing Report, January 21 Update: Just how long will it take a pickerel to feed again after getting a hook caught in its mouth? Not more than a few hours — angler Ryan Gullang had a bite-off and lost a black shad dart tipped with a minnow at 9 o’clock, and at noon, caught this fish with the black dart still hanging from its jaw. It was only about 100 yards from where the bite-off took place, and amazingly, he says the minnow on the dart was still alive and kicking! Now, that's a… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, January 21 Update: There’s no doubt some yellow perch can be found in the lower Susquehanna’s deep waters, but we weren’t able to scrounge and firsthand reports of success this week. Catfish anglers, on the other hand, did manage to catch a few blues and channels on frozen bunker in the deep water near Garret Island. We also had a reader check in after fishing in the C & D, where he caught a couple of channel catfish on cut bait cast from the Delaware… Read more from Way North...

Upper Bay Fishing Reports presented by Riverside Marine

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 21 Update: Although we did hear from someone who caught and released a couple of small stripers in the Patapsco, for most anglers in the upper Bay it’s still all about the pickerel and perch. The folks at Angler’s are talking about the bite in the Magothy, where both species are being caught with minnow producing the most perch and four-inch paddletails and Angler’s custom-made pickerel spinners catching the toothy critters. Pickerel are also being… Read more from Upper Bay...

Middle Bay Fishing Reports presented by Waterfront Marine

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 21 Update: Angler’s is reporting that the solid pickerel bite continues in the Severn and Magothy, and noted that some nice ones were caught in the Severn this week. Minnow on jigs and four-inch paddletails are the ticket. Reader Eddie Weber confirmed the notion, after catching a 24.5-inch pickerel on a pear four-inch Zman Diesel Minnow, and Tim picked up this 26-incher in an unspecified Western Shore trib. Tim got a 26-incher - NICE! There are… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 21 Update: From the Point Lookout to Smith Point zone there’s still chatter about catch and release stripers; most of the fish aren’t huge but a few monsters have showed up for jiggers slinging seven-inch plastics on 1.5- to two-ounce heads. If you’re more interested in filling the cooler, heading upriver for catfish is the natural choice. Some good reports of action on fish up to 40 inches came from the Rap this week on cut fish, and we also had a… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, January 15 Update: Heading up the tidal rivers continues to be an excellent option, for a mixed bag of crappie, yellow perch, bass, and pickerel. Sea Hawk noted that some days the bite’s on the slow side, but working a small twister tipped with a minnow along bottom at the channel edges has been producing fish. Yellow perch have been providing the best action. Vadim holds up a chunky yellow perch he pulled in from the Pocomoke this week.… Read more from Tangier and Lower Shore...
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 21 Update: With the dropping water temps and often gusting winds, things have grown a bit quiet in this neck of the woods. At the CBBT the water’s bouncing between 43 and 44 degree, and we didn’t have any solid reports of tog this week (though we’d note that due to wind there have been plenty of tough days recently, which has surely hampered effort). That said, dropping crab baits on the structure there’s always the chance for a bite or three.… Read more from Way South...