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.

May 27, 2024
Visiting Chincoteague has been in the back of my mind ever since first hearing about the Virginia Capes. It’s a long way to haul my baby white whale over from Northern Virginia, and then, what’s…
April 29, 2024
Our voyage starts at the Potomac River entrance to the long Occoquan River access channel, which begins off High Point. This bay is otherwise shallow throughout. In addition to recreational boats,…
April 17, 2024
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in fishing, but in recent years targeting blue catfish has become about as close as it gets in many Maryland waterways. Channel cats have been around for decades…
April 9, 2024
It’s a curious thing that we might learn something about fishing structure from Edward Teach, dba Blackbeard the Pirate, or more precisely, from physical changes around his late ship, the Queen Anne’…
March 15, 2024
Most often thought of as a tourist destination, most people are shocked to learn about the vast fishing opportunities presented in the waters of the District of Columbia. Fishing alongside the…
March 2, 2024
Wrecks and structure that we might routinely pass over in the Patuxent River enroute to the Chesapeake ruins are seldom fished. But when conditions on the Bay main stem are too rough for small…
February 4, 2024
Draining the Chesapeake Bay would reveal now-submerged structural features surrounding islands, drowned islands, and remnants of eroded shorelines including fallen timber, rocks, and ruins. These…
January 11, 2024
Maybe there’s a warm day being forecast and you want to take advantage of the decent weather. Maybe you heard there’s an unexpected bite going off and you don’t want to miss out. Or, maybe you’re…
November 22, 2023
When the Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) changed the Bathymetric Data Viewer (BDV) basemap from raster to Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC), some…
October 25, 2023
Today we think of the waters off the DelMarVa Peninsula as fishing grounds for species like sea bass and flounder, but they were U-boat hunting grounds in both World Wars. Early on, it was a turkey…
October 12, 2023
Just south of Annapolis, MD, the South River can be a confounding place to fish whether your'e hoping to slam the stripers, whack the white perch, or set your sights on any of the many other species…
September 23, 2023
Oyster bars are the spots to go for tasty seafood and in the case of striped bass, that means crabs, bay anchovy, Norfolk spot, and peanut bunker. Unfortunately, natural oyster bars today are but a…
September 5, 2023
Cape Hatteras is aptly known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, but Cape Henry at the Chesapeake Bay entrance has collected its share of wrecks - which have become fishing reefs - as well. A cluster…
August 11, 2023
The Chesapeake Bay entrance is best known for its fishing at the CBBT, but there's far more structure through this area than many anglers realize. Chart I of Chesapeake Bay entrance fishing spots…
July 14, 2023
In Part 1 of our "Gone Fishin'" A Maryland Road Trip" we headed to Cambridge with the crew from Fish & Hunt Maryland to hunt for northern snakeheads. For Part 2, we took a trip west to Mountain…
June 26, 2023
In Part 1 of our "Gone Fishin'" A Maryland Road Trip" we met with the crew from Fish & Hunt Maryland in Cambridge to see if we could snag some snakeheads. Here in Part 2, we traveled to Western …
June 18, 2023
A circular pile of rocks southeast of North Point (Site 1 on Image 1) at the mouth of the Patapsco River had been a mystery. Charted as an obstruction, I supposed it could be a ballast pile but the…
May 24, 2023
Among the Northern Neck, VA, tributaries which have extensive oyster farming operations is the Yeocomico River, a small tributary to the Potomac River near its junction with the Bay. This practice…