Fishing Reports

Mid-Atlantic Coastal Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: High winds have kept the majority of anglers off the water this week, however Ocean’s East reported those who were able to get out and head to the inshore wrecks enjoyed some productive sea bass fishing, a bite that has been going strong since early fall. Doormat flounder are still hanging around, however they’ve moved out of the inlet, and are increasingly hard to find inshore. Some rockfish have been in the inlet and bayside, however we… Read more from Coastal...
Mid-Atlantic Freshwater Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: Fishing the rivers and mountain lakes for trout has been especially productive, thanks to all the regional stocking programs. Rain this week brought high water levels, so fly fishing hasn’t been the most productive, according to Mossy Creek. But Chesapeake Bait and Tackle noted that anglers looking to catch trout in eastern areas can head to Northwest River Park, where the winter stocking program was completed last week. Contributor Jim… Read more from Freshwater...
Way North and Delaware Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: Cold weather and high winds have kept anglers off the Bay, making for a slow week of fishing up north and no solid reports from the upper reaches of the Bay. Despite this, the first snowfall of the year has brought some great freshwater fishing in Delaware as Captain Bones Bait and Tackle reported this week. (See the Freshwater Report, for the details). There are also catfish still available in the Susquehanna, and the perch bite in and… Read more from Way North & DE...

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Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: As we heard in the Way North Report, wind kept most boats off the Bay recently and striper fishing was difficult during the past week. That said, with the appearance of some very big fish just a little ways south (see Fishing Alert: Monster Stripers are in the Bay) about 10 days ago, all bets are off – taking advantage of Sunday’s prediction for low winds and relative warmth could pay off big-time. Tochterman’s reports that anglers hiding… Read more from Upper Bay...
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: According to the folks at Anglers, Alltackle, Island Tackle Outfitter, Bay Country, and Marty’s (hey, they all agreed!), his report ought to be an open letter to Mother Nature asking for less wind and cold now that these trophy fish are showing up, but alas, that is out of our control. Each tackle shop we called this week told us that the Bay has been blustery and anglers out on the water have been few and far between since the snow hit… Read more from Middle Bay...
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: Despite the high winds putting a crimp in the fishing, rockfish have been abundant in the Lower Bay, allowing some anglers who braved the conditions to limit out shortly after leaving the dock. According to The Tackle Box fishing on the Potomac has been particularly good, especially between buoys three and seven on the Virginia side, where trolling has produced fish upwards of 40 inches. Meanwhile, J&W reports that 51A and 49A have… Read more from Lower Bay...
Tangier Sound Fishing Report 12/15/2017 Update: Sea Hawk Sports Center shook free of the cold this week to report that trophy rockfish have moved into the Pocomoke Sound and surrounding areas, particularly around Banana Hole and down south at The Cell. Large fish have been taking live eels. Eelers should remember to use paper towels to hold the eels, go in through the lower jaw and out through the top jaw with an 8/0 (or thereabouts) hook, and add weight after a three to four foot leader. On… Read more from Tangier Sound...
Way South Chesapeake and Virginia Fishing Report 12/15/17: The Elizabeth River has been a hotspot this past week, for speckled trout. GULP and MirrOlures have been the best lures for catching the specks, according to Chesapeake Bait and Tackle. Catfish have also been active up the rivers, and will bite on cut bait sitting on the bottom along channel edges and holes. Oceanside, not much has been going on besides the continued sea bass bite around the wrecks. Weather kept most of the boats off… Read more from Way South & VA...