Surface water temperatures are now around 82 degrees, so larger fish like to stay deep and mornings will usually offer better fishing results. Channel catfish can be part of the mix when fishing baits on the bottom.
Trolling is another option near Buoy 86 and the mouth of Eastern Bay, pulling small to medium parachutes, bucktails, and surgical tube lures in tandem or behind umbrella rigs with inline weights. Jigging can also be a fun tactic on a good running tide at places such as the Bay Bridge pylons and rock piles.
White perch continue to provide action in the tidal rivers and out in the bay. Deeper structure in the rivers, such as old piers, rocks, and prominent points, is good to fish with bottom rigs and bloodworms or grass shrimp or shad darts and jigs tipped with the same. Small spinners and Rat-L-Traps will catch them in the shallows.
The shallow-water striped bass fishery in the middle bay continues to offer enough striped bass over 20 inches to make getting up before sunrise worthwhile. Topwater lures are best in the grassy areas to avoid fouling your lure. Old submerged breakwaters, prominent points, and shoreline structure in the lower portions of the tidal rivers and the bay shores are good places to target. The rock jetty shoreline of Poplar Island is a popular place to fish as are the shores of Eastern Bay and the lower Choptank.
Farther south, there is good chumming for a mix of striped bass and small bluefish along the eastern edge of the shipping channel from the HS Buoy south to Buoy 72 and the Middle Grounds.
Recreational crabbing in the middle bay region is good with chicken necks and razor clams among effective baits.
On the freshwater scene, fish are seeking shade and cool water during the day, which usually means they go deep or seek refuge under shoreline brush, docks and piers, fallen tree tops, or suspended logs. They tend to move into shallower waters at dusk and bass will feed all night into early morning and then retreat to cooler waters. Generally the best tactics are to be on the water at dawn to fish topwater lures in the shallows over grass or shallow structure. Frogs, buzzbaits, chatterbaits, or poppers are all good choices. During bright sunshine it’s often best to fish whackyrigged soft plastics down through the floating grass in deeper waters or pitch them under docks or near deep structure.
* * * Duck blind know-it-all Toads have to blink in order to swallow, because this presses their eyes onto their mouths, pushing the food down their throats. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at firstname.lastname@example.org