Where To: Fishing Hotspots

Fishing hotspots in the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and nearby freshwater fishing spots are detailed in specific, so you know where to go fishing.

January 23, 2020
Your spouse took off for a long weekend in Bimini, the weatherman calls for sunny skies, and you have cabin fever so bad you could chew on a BKD? Sounds to us like it’s TIME TO FISH! And if you live…
January 9, 2020
Mobjack Bay Reef, an elongated site tucked away inside the Bay, is one of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) artificial reefs. Located about 2.75 miles southwest of New Point Comfort,…
December 30, 2019
In years past, no one who knew the truth would even admit that tarpon visit Virginia each summer. That has changed, as Virginia tarpon are the talk of veteran and hopeful anglers alike. While…
December 12, 2019
Anyone who loves Chesapeake Bay fishing should know about Cherrystone Reef, which is charted between depth contour lines and where bottom variations are prominent, even though it's not as famous as…
November 19, 2019
It’s a common occurrence in online fishing communities: someone pops in, likely new, and asks “Where is a good place to catch (insert fish species here)?” Let me be the first to say that there’s…
November 17, 2019
Our summer of Chesapeake Bay fishing has been like most – some good news, some bad. I fish from a small boat which limits my range, adding to the challenge. I have not had a good summer with flounder…
November 7, 2019
Each and every year, over 25 million cars and trucks pass right over one of the hottest fishing spots around for Chesapeake Bay fishing. And while the people in those cars may be thinking about which…
November 3, 2019
Rugged bottom structure providing fishing opportunities exists throughout the Chesapeake Bay. It may be charted as shoals, marked by aids to navigation, or inferred by sounding data and depth contour…
October 7, 2019
Inspired by a fishing trip to the Northern Neck Fish Haven (detailed in Pipe Dream: Reef Building with Nested Pipes), a popular chumming destination where we succeeded in pulling a school of stripers…
October 3, 2019
If you could envision the perfect Chesapeake Bay fishing hotspot, it might be an underwater hill with a hard-shell bottom that comes up to 20’ yet is surrounded by much deeper water. Say, about 40’…
September 25, 2019
The DelMarVa Peninsula is a gem among gems to anglers of all types, but there are a few select spots where kayak anglers hold an ace up their sleeve. You say you’re up for an Eastern Shore adventure…
September 13, 2019
Sentinel of the Coast: The Log of a Lighthouse Engineer, is an engaging first-hand account of coastal surveys and over two decades of Lighthouse Service history. The author, George Putnam, was the…
August 11, 2019
Don’t you just love the social aspect of joining the massive fleets at the Bay Bridge pilings, Swan Point, Love Point, or Podickory? Isn’t it fun to jockey between five other boats to get in a cast,…
August 3, 2019
Concrete pipes make an excellent reef building material, and smaller pipes can be “nested” inside larger pipes and boxes to create multiple passages through each module. This has the added benefit of…
June 9, 2019
Drifting behind the stern of American Mariner during a charter, we watched a school of bay anchovies chased by Spanish mackerel scatter along the surface. Off to our left below the surface were the…
June 7, 2019
Whether you live in Maryland or Virginia, you've probably noticed that fishing in the Potomac River comes up in our fishing reports all the time. It feels like a "home" river to many of us, and since…
May 23, 2019
The Magothy River watershed is like a mini Chesapeake Bay, and fishing here is a microcosm of Chesapeake Bay fishing. The river has a main body fed by tributaries with tidal influx and some fringe…
May 2, 2019
Last month we looked at Southern Maryland fishing reefs, resulting from the Maryland DNR Artificial Reefs Program. Virginia also has many reefs anglers should know about. Located southeast of the San…