Freshwater Fishing Reports

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 20 Update:

Contributor Eric Packard reported that the local ponds in Calvert County may as well have had a big “DENIED” sign stamped on them early this week, as ice prevented any fishing. We had an identical reader report from an angler hoping to fish in Tuckahoe Lake on the Eastern Shore, who arrived to find hard water. Some larger bodies of water remain at least partially open, however, as a trip to St. Mary’s Lake proved later in the week. Packard found some crappie and a bass willing to bite despite the frigid conditions and noted that while the ramp and most of the main lake were open, several large sections of the lake were covered in ice.

crappie fish
Yeah, even the crappie look cold...

Speaking of ice: despite the chilly temps windy conditions have kept large areas of Deep Creek open up to now. Coves and sheltered areas have ice cover, but we were unable to find any first-hand intel from someone who’s walked out and poked holes to check the thickness. (Facebook chatter indicates it may be as good as five inches in places, but that's just Facebook chatter). Temperatures are predicted to peak in the 20s for the next week straight so ice fishing should be a possibility but due to uneven freezing, anglers should take extreme care and be prepared to find varying thickness from one spot to the next.

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 14 Update:

Between the cold, the slush, and a pretty sub-par week of angling effort, this week’s report will be as skimpy as you probably guessed. Still, there is a bit of action to report on. Pickerel are a freshwater favorite right now. Eastern Shore millponds that aren’t iced over have had a few anglers on them slow trolling minnows and fishing them under bobbers. Last weekend Contributor Eric Packard reported that some were partially iced but still partially fishable, producing a handful of pickerel and a few bass, but the incoming cold blast is a big roll of the dice on future accessibility.

bass in the winter
The bass bite may not be "hot," but you can still get 'em on the end of the line. Photo courtesy of Eric Packard

So… is it time to think about heading west for some ice fishing? As we put the report together Deep Creek still hadn’t frozen over in the main lake but coves have a couple-few inches of ice in many places. The weather report doesn’t call for temperatures rising above freezing for the next week, so the prospects look very good for hard-water angling in the near future.

Sorry folks, but we got zero reports from sources tapping into the trout and/or river fisheries this week. Some minor stocking did take place this week (Morgan Run and the Patapsco in Maryland’s Carroll County); scroll down to last week’s report if you want to click through the links to the different state’s stocking web pages.

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Welcome to 2022 anglers! As the new year dawns we have plenty of fishing to do despite the chill in the air, though the recent weather has put a bit of a crimp in the gathering intel department. Still, the trout that have been released into Mid-Atlantic waters by state authorities provide a sure-fire opportunity if you check out where the fish have been planted:

On the wild trout front, as 2021 closed out Mossy Creek’s final forecast of the year was happy to see all that rain moving in as the increase in water flow should give a boost to anglers casting streamers; prior to the precipitation western stream and river water levels had been low and trout fishing grew pretty tough.

catching a bass
It may be on the chilly side out there, but a few fish are still willing to bite!

Reports from the Eastern Shore of winter fishing at the millponds continued to be strong right up to the storm, with pickerel headlining the action. FishTalk’s kayak fishing guru Zach Ditmars spent time floating around over there during the holiday and reported that minnow did the trick, not only producing pickerel but also some nice crappie. Contributor Eric Packard gave a similar report, racking up over a dozen and a half fish in an outing with three surpassing citation size on a mix of minnow and jerkbaits. Angler’s notes that a number of their customers have been heading to Unicorn, Smithville, Tuckahoe, and Johnson’s.

September 3, 2021
Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, September 24 Update: In the region’s reservoirs, bass are still most active during the early morning and late afternoon, typically keeping to the shallows during these times. The bass can be easily enticed… Read more...
August 6, 2021
Freshwater Fishing Report, August 27 Update: DelMarVa freshwater fish are in their typical modes of summer behavior. Bass are keeping close to shore in the mornings, and can be located in structured areas before they move into deeper areas as the… Read more...
July 2, 2021
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… Read more...