the upper Chesapeake have been the Triple Buoys and Love Point channel edges and the Craighill Channel just above Sandy Point Light. The Sandy Point Light area, or what many call Podickory Point, has also been a place where those chunking or chumming have been having success. The Bay Bridge Piers that are in deeper water have also been holding large striped bass and are always worth a few passes if trolling or jigging with large soft plastics.
Farther south, boats have been plying back and forth across the shipping channel from just below the Bay Bridge to below Breezy Point. Some of the traditional steep channel edges to check out are Bloody Point Light, the Gum Thickets, Thomas Point, the channel edge west of Poplar Island and down to off Taylor’s Island. Lure colors have settled down to chartreuse and white and a chartreuse parachute with a white sassy shad tail has been very popular.
The western edge of the shipping channel from Cedar Point past Cove Point has been one of the better places to troll. The eastern edge of the shipping channel from Buoy 72 up to the CP Buoy has been another good place to troll.
Fishing for white perch has been good in most of the tidal rivers in all regions of the bay. The white perch have settled into their summer habitat and are eagerly taking small lures and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms or grass shrimp. Channel catfish offer good fishing in most tidal rivers. Hickory shad are still present in the upper Choptank and Marshyhope Creek, but are fading out as spawning commences.
The locust trees are in full bloom and traditionally this event marks when blue crabs undergo their first shed of the season. Early season crabbing has been good for many for sweet tasting rusty bottom crabs that survived their winter in the bottom of the bay.
Largemouth bass are finished spawning in most areas of the state and are actively feeding to build up body stores after spawning. Grass beds in relatively shallow areas near the spawning areas as well as the mouths of feeder creeks are good places to target. Unweighted stick worms are a good bet in the grass. Topwater lures are also a fun way to work some of the shallower areas.
Our tidal rivers tend to get overlooked except by locals and these rivers provide picturesque places to fish for a mix of largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and northern snakeheads. A falling tide is often one of the better times to work the edges of grass and spatterdock fields.
Surfcasters at the beach have been catching bluefish on bottom rigs baited with cut baits or finger mullet. At the inlet, cut baits, Got-Cha lures, or anything else that looks good to eat are being eagerly taken by blues. Tautog are also being caught at the inlet and the Route 50 Bridge area along with a few flounder.
Anglers fishing nearshore wreck and reef sites report good fishing for tautog. Farther offshore, anglers targeting the Triple Zeros area have come back to the docks with the season’s first yellowfin tuna, dolphin-fish, and bluefin tuna. Fishing near the 30 Fathom line has produced a couple of nice-sized mako sharks. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Most rocks are mostly made up of oxygen. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at email@example.com
Blackwater Visitors by Paul Makuchal