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.

July 4, 2021
The weather is warm, the fish are biting, and the world didn’t end in 2020 — what could be better? How about a surefire hotspot that holds fish each and every season at this time of year? That would…
June 18, 2021
In early 2020, Wolf Trap Lighthouse was listed for sale (again). Want to own a lighthouse? Located off Horn Harbor, Wolf Trap Lighthouse is named for Wolf Trap Shoal. The shoal was named for H.M.S.…
June 16, 2021
My good friend Alvie Sickle had told me there were certain sections within the Monocacy River watershed where five, six, even 10-pound channel catfish could be had — with the chance of even bigger…
June 1, 2021
Epic angling awaits fishermen heading down Route 50, which you could follow into Maryland all the way from Sacramento, CA, if you so desire. Stop number one is Annapolis, then it’s on to the Choptank…
May 28, 2021
“Fishing in Maryland,” once an annual must-read for all who enjoyed Chesapeake Bay fishing, has been out of print for many years. Find an old copy, however, and you’ll see that one of its fishing…
April 25, 2021
The sky was clear and visibility unlimited on a dark October night in 1978, when the Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga was lost in the Chesapeake Bay’s main stem off Smith Point. The 51-year-old, 125-foot-…
April 1, 2021
Route 83 leads from points north into Maryland, until it takes you right into the heart of Baltimore — and all along the way, this major artery brings multiple angling opportunities. Freshwater…
March 26, 2021
Maybe you don’t have a hot new fishboat, maybe you have a boat but it isn’t ready for the season just yet, or maybe you just want to enjoy some KISS-style fishing that gets you out of the house and…
March 24, 2021
Surprise! They’re back! An old tire reef, or at least vestiges of it, reappeared southwest of Hart-Miller Island after years of burial in a bed of muck. There’s not much information available about…
March 10, 2021
The Patuxent River is the largest river with its watershed entirely in the state of Maryland, and has fisheries for species ranging from freshwater crappie to salty Spanish mackerel. From its…
March 2, 2021
When trying to find specific Chesapeake Bay fishing reef structure, it’s best to know where to look or else count on spending a lot of time playing hunt and find. I knew the gravesite of the ironclad…
February 28, 2021
Route 219 gets you a ticket to Maryland from West Virginia in one direction, and from Pennsylvania in the other. Or you can run down 70/68 from the metro areas, and link up with 219 near Keyser’s…
February 14, 2021
Where the Middle Bay ends and the Lower Bay begins depends on one’s point of view. Although I worked in Maryland for a decade while supporting management of dredged material for the Port of Baltimore…
January 6, 2021
Unless you're talking about a fishing destination or “rocks” as in rockfish when you start trolling for spring stripers in a few months, you generally don't want to hear "rocks ahead" when you're…
December 26, 2020
Spring may be the season for amore, but if you enjoy Chesapeake Bay fishing, spring, summer and fall are all seasons for love — fishing at Love Point, that is. Take a poll of anglers who ply the…
December 23, 2020
As a resident of the Hampton Roads area for most of my life, I should have nothing but happy thoughts about the doubling of the size of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT). Heck, when I was in…
December 17, 2020
Pop Quiz: When does Chesapeake Bay fishing season end? A. In November B. In December C. In December or January, depending on the weather D. Never! Yes, bass are on the menu when winter fishing…
November 29, 2020
After finding a “lost” artificial reef under a charted obstruction circle in Southern Maryland (Southern Maryland Mystery Reefs), uncovering a deliberately constructed artificial reef under an…