Tangier Sound Fishing Reports

Tangier Sound Fishing Report, February 13, 2019 Update:

The waters of the Tangier tributaries have been a prime spot for anglers looking for a consistent catfish bite-- blues and channel cat have been present, and are taking cut bait. Menhaden and chicken breast have both worked, however, most of the reports we had were from anglers using chicken. Fish have been in deeper water. Up the tribs, pickerel have been stealing the show. Some large fish in the 24-inch-plus range have been reported, with minnow under a bobber or on a shad dart reported as the top bait.

pickerel fishing
This young angler caught this chain pickerel fishing with his dad on Maryland's eastern shore. Photo courtesy of Brian Roberts. 

Tangier Sound Fishing Report, February 6, 2019 Update:

Although cold weather and high winds made it difficult for anglers to get away from the dock in recent weeks, those who have been probing upper tributary areas reported mixed results fishing for yellow perch. The Wicomico, Pocomoke, and Nanticoke had ice in a few slow-moving spots but mostly open water as of mid-week and those who reported catching found fish in deeper water using minnow on bottom rigs. Those who fished minnow without weight also reported taking some pickerel, with the Pocomoke headlining that catch. There have also been good numbers of channel catfish eating the past week, which are sticking mainly to deeper and muddy water. They have been taking cut bait, from chicken breast and liver to menhaden.

pocomoke river pickerel
Kevin Riser took advantage of the break from winter this week and caught some pickerel in the Pocomoke. Bull minnow did the trick.

Tangier Sound Fishing Report, February 1, 2019:

Yep, this will be a short one: prior to the cold snap, reports to Sea Hawk Sports Center included some whopper crappie, primarily caught on minnow suspended by a bobber, in the upper tributary rivers. The Pocomoke had come alive, with reports of crappie and bass coming from its waters, as well, and there were reports of some pickerel being caught on bull minnow. Unfortunately, well... you know what happened with the weather. Hopefully the forecast warming trend will eliminate skim ice and get the fish biting again.

spotted largemouth bass
Last weekend there were still a few fish biting in the area, including this oddball largemouth with a spot on his head caught Sunday. The weather has since shut down the fisheries, but hopefully the warming trend the weatherman says is coming will change all that.


January 4, 2019
Tangier Sound Fishing Report, January 25, 2019 Update: Cold weather and high winds have made fishing in the Sound near impossible, as it has been throughout the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic waterways. We had no confirmed reports of fish being caught… Read more...
December 7, 2018
Tangier Sound Fishing Report, 12/28/2018 Update: Hey there FishTalkers, and welcome to the final fishing report of 2018! Don't worry - despite the chilly weather and difficult conditions the next few months will hold, we'll keep bringing you… Read more...
November 2, 2018
Tangier Sound Fishing Report, 11/30/2018 Update: The leaves have finished turning and are getting close to finally falling and succumbing to winter’s grasp, and so are the fish. As temperatures are dropping quick, so are the amount of rockfish… Read more...