Upper Bay Fishing Reports

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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 reported from the northern creeks, including Bodkin, Rock, and Marley.

huge pickerel fish
Gary Simpson caught his personal best 28” chain pickerel weighing 7-pounds, 6-ounces this week in Maryland waters. Congrats Gary, that thing is HUGE!

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 15 Update:

Well folks, pickerel are still dominating the reports right now. With excellent pickerel fishing in the Magothy and Severn, we’re not surprised. The bite remains hot, with fish ranging from 16 to 24 inches common. Minnow under a bobber are doing the trick for ‘em, slow trolled or left to soak. Anglers are also casting Angler’s pickerel spinners, and we hear that even Mike managed to hook into a nice one last week.

anglers on a boat
Many anglers are probing the waters of the Magothy these days, ISO pickerel.

With stripers shut down and absent north of the Bridge, anglers are running south to find their C & R fix. Stripers are being caught and released around Solomons and Point Lookout.

Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Several readers checked in after hitting the Magothy, which continues to produce a nice mix of pickerel and perch. One described it as the “best pickerel fishing in a decade,” with two dozen fish including one over 25-inches to his credit one day this week. Yellow perch have mostly been hitting on minnow. We also had one report from the Western Branch Patapsco, again of pickerel. While some anglers are getting their pickerel on the western shore, plenty of trailers are being pulled over the Bay Bridge towards the eastern shore mill ponds. We’re seeing pickerel that are chunky, long, and plentiful in many of the ponds. While it’ll take a fair bit of working to figure out what the fish in each pond like best, slow trolling and sending out minnows have been the best tactics for getting a pickerel on your line.

angler with a pickerel fish
Some chunky pickerel are out there, just waiting to be caught.

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Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 1 Update:

Welcome to 2021, anglers! We wish you many great days of fishing and lots of time spent on the water during the coming year. This week saw reduced reports thanks to weather, the holidays, and reduced tackle shop hours. Right now, the yellow perch and pickerel bites have been providing plenty of action. The Magothy is still providing a fairly consistent yellow perch bite throughout the creeks and in deep waters. Dropping down small feathers or shad darts tipped with minnows has been tempting them in. Beechwood has been a good area to target yellow perch, with the bite often lasting throughout the day. Anglers working along docks and points are finding the pickerel, casting shad darts or small bucktails tipped with minnow or three-inch paddletail lures has been tempting them to bite in good numbers.

fishing from a boat
These anglers were spotted working along the shoreline of the Magothy.


December 4, 2020
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 25 Update: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and welcome to the final fishing report of 2020. Considering how this year has been we’re thrilled to see it finally end, and we’re wishing everyone a happy… Read more...
November 6, 2020
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, November 27 Update: Hi anglers, we hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving! Tochterman’s and Fishbone’s checked in to let us know that the trolling bite along channel edges has been productive, although… Read more...
October 2, 2020
Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 29 Update: Multiple readers fingered the mouth of the Patapsco and the Key Bridge areas as productive yet again this week, with jigging spoons, trolling, and kayak trolling all mentioned as producing… Read more...