* * * Fishing report Spot are still available on many shallow hard-bottom areas but seem to be moving around more. The mouth of the Magothy River, Chester River, Sandy Point, and shallower ends of the Bay Bridge have been locations to look for spot. The channel edges at Swan, Love, and Podickory points continue to be good places to live-line spot, but shoals, knolls, and other channel edges in the region can also be worthwhile places to find suspended striped bass.
Trolling can be a good option to cover plenty of territory when looking for stripers along channel edges. Spoons, bucktails, and surgical-tube lures behind planers or inline weights are a good choice. Slow trolling with deepdiving crankbaits is also an option. It’s important to get
your lures down to where the fish are suspended, which often is close to the bottom along the channel edges.
Plenty of bait is staging out in the Chesapeake and being swept along by currents at channel edges. The bait is mostly made up of bay anchovies and small menhaden. A mix of small rockfish, bluefish, and a few Spanish mackerel are feeding on them and attracting the attention of birds and anglers.
Rockfish are generally holding along channel edges in about 35 feet of water. The outside edges of Hacketts, Thomas Point, the Hill of Poplar Island, and the False Channel are good locations to check out.
Recreational crabbing continues to be worth the effort since the larger male crabs are heavy and full of meat. Catches in the lower bay have been very good as well as in the middle bay.
On the freshwater scene, grass is beginning to break up in lakes and ponds throughout Maryland as the
hours of daylight diminish each day. Casting spinnerbaits and small crankbaits near the edges is a good tactic for largemouth bass.
On the Atlantic Coast, there has been good fishing at the Ocean City Inlet for sheepshead and a mix of sea trout, blowfish, and triggerfish. Sand fleas and pieces of green crab and clams have been preferred baits. Flounder fishing has been very good in the channels leading to the inlet. Large Gulp baits,
live spot, and strip baits have been good choices on an incoming tide. Flounder fishing has also been very good out at the inshore shoals, wreck, and reef sites. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Wild turkeys generally move a mile or two in one day depending on habitat and distance to food and water sources. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at email@example.com