Kayak Fishing

April 14, 2023
White perch are a semi-anadromous fish, meaning they migrate into tidal fresh and slightly brackish waters each spring to spawn. White perch spawn from April through June and are found along the…
March 13, 2023
Over the years I’ve used my kayaks to fish on lakes, creeks, rivers, and of course for Chesapeake Bay fishing. I’ve even fished off the coast of Maryland in the Atlantic Ocean out of a kayak. But not…
March 7, 2023
Whether you’re exploring a new area, trying to put as many pickerel in the boat as possible, or chasing trophies, it's hard to beat slow trolling live minnows. I’ve spent countless days floating…
February 11, 2023
Depending on how and where you do your kayak fishing, you may want to hold your kayak’s position in the water. The most commonly used system is a small anchor clipped onto an anchor trolley, a…
January 14, 2023
Gear failure, temperature, rolling, bugs, and more — there are a lot of different things that can cut a kayak fishing trip short. But if you’re prepared you can minimize risks, deal with them as they…
January 4, 2023
Winter is here and most anglers focused on Chesapeake Bay fishing have hung up their rods and winterized their boats for the season. But a few of my fishing buddies and I are checking our tackle,…
December 9, 2022
Unlike the winters of my youth in the Midwest where ice fishing would have been the only midwinter fishing opportunity, here in Maryland you can almost always still get out and fish. Anyone who knows…
October 29, 2022
It’s early in the morning and I’m heading out for a morning topwater bite. My kayak glides across the surface of the water, and there is a light fog rising off the creek parting as I pass through it…
October 17, 2022
Those who enjoy paddle boarding may want to mix in a bit of fishing at the same time, but even in the sheltered water of Chesapeake Bay fishing tributaries, fishing from a paddleboard does present a…
September 29, 2022
I’m at Mattingly Avenue Park on Mattawoman Creek off the Potomac River in the early morning, slipping my kayak into the water as fog rises off it all around me. Today I’ll be hunting blue catfish —…
August 24, 2022
Tributary light tackle trolling is an excellent tactic to apply when the water begins to cool, the bunker push out of the creeks and rivers, and the striped bass move in to intercept them. Since most…
August 22, 2022
Most of us remember the first fish we caught as a child and that fish was most likely a bluegill, or a similar panfish. The term “panfish” covers a wide range of fish that are small enough to be…
July 30, 2022
No rod, no reel, no problem... there are several other ways to catch some critters on your kayak, like trotlining for blue crabs. A few years ago I was thumbing through the Maryland Department of…
July 23, 2022
Striped Bass, snakeheads, blue cats, and perch, oh my! The Patapsco’s waters in the shadow of Baltimore provide a ton of potential to score and score big, when you set out from these metro-angling…
June 29, 2022
When I first started kayak fishing it never crossed my mind that someday I would be pedaling one. That doesn’t mean I only use a pedal kayak on every outing, though. In fact, there are pros and cons…
June 13, 2022
Most mornings while I’m drinking my coffee I’m also figuring out where I’ll be fishing and what species I’ll be fishing for. But that isn’t the most pressing question I have to work through during my…
May 17, 2022
Whether there’s a sudden windstorm or you decided to brave a breezy day, kayak fishing can turn from delightful to difficult in a matter of minutes. Worse yet, flipping is a kayak anglers’ worst…
April 8, 2022
When I gather my gear to head out on my kayak for some spring largemouth bass fishing, I take a few surefire baits with me. But before we get to the subject of baits, a few words about tackle. I use…