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.

September 25, 2020
Anglers in Tidewater Virginia, with multiple sportfish species and hotspots galore, have a cornucopia or conundrum of choices — depending on their point of view — every time they go fishing. Where to…
September 11, 2020
Fish relate to structure, hence the traditional use of artificial structures to create Chesapeake Bay fishing reefs and aggregate fish. Build it, and they will come — if physical, environmental, and…
August 24, 2020
The Hot Dog, Hambone, Sausages and Chickenbone — apparently, anglers get hungry when they’re looking at nautical charts, since these lumps off the coast of Ocean City, MD, all have names resembling…
August 13, 2020
For many fishermen, cobia are the holy grail of Chesapeake Bay fishing. These fish grow larger and fight harder than virtually anything else around, and although their visitation to Bay waters only…
August 5, 2020
Casting to or jigging shoreline structure and fishing light tackle for stripers in the shallows is often, in a way, fishing history. Every structure has a story, sometimes known, sometimes not so…
July 16, 2020
Building marine structure with artificial reefs is an ongoing Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) initiative. Chapters in Virginia and Maryland have and continue to contribute to Bay restoration…
July 2, 2020
The Penn International’s drag was screaming, the angler’s rod doubled over. His friends were teasing and poking fun about him being out of shape, after 20 minutes into the battle. At the end of the…
June 21, 2020
At 17.6 miles long, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, known as the CBBT, is the largest artificial reef structure in our region. The entire structure is fishable, though some spots more so than…
June 3, 2020
What’s the biggest recent development in the world of fishing on the entire eastern seaboard? Quite possibly, the advent of the snakeheads. No, we aren’t happy that this invasive invader took root in…
May 18, 2020
There was a day and age when mid-summer was considered the best of the tuna trolling action off the Maryland coastline, but those days are long gone. In recent years spring and early summer have…
May 16, 2020
Every spring I make it a point to get up to the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County, to get a good solid helping of trout fishing in this beautiful region of north central Maryland. Much of the…
May 2, 2020
There has been research which suggests that a patch reef (one that is spread out across an area with many distinct small reefs), tends to be more biologically productive than a large single reef.…
March 31, 2020
“You can find a lot just by looking,” Yogi Berra, the master of understatement, once said. Such sentiment is often true – although not so much for York Spit Reef. A grid drawing on the Virginia…
March 23, 2020
Presented by Fish & Hunt Maryland Pop quiz: what single species represents the most reliable angling target in the entire state of Maryland, day after day after day, regardless of the season? It…
February 26, 2020
Presented by Fish & Hunt Maryland Goodbye snow, hello sunshine, spring is in the air – and in the state of Maryland, the month of March means that means that winter yellow perch fishing is…
February 20, 2020
Among all the artificial reef sites in the Chesapeake Bay, The Cell is unique. The reef site incorporates the remains of a former Navy degaussing station, features a range of reef materials, has…
January 31, 2020
Anyone who enjoys Chesapeake Bay fishing will want to know about the man-made fishing reefs in the Bay. Many have been built through the years, both in Maryland (often by the Maryland Artificial Reef…
January 29, 2020
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s (VMRC) artificial reef system provides substantial fishing structure throughout the southern half of the Chesapeake Bay. These man-made reefs often provide…