May 30, 2017 | Medium sized rockfish are abundant in the Potomac, Patuxent, and all over the Bay in general.
Stripers in the 20- to 30-inch range have been reported by trollers, jiggers, and beach fishermen using either cut bait or bloodworms. Lure casters at Goose Creek near Cedar Point on the Naval Air Station caught rockfish steadily on falling tides. Most of the fish were not quite the 20-inch minimum, but there were enough in the 24- to 28-inch (4 to 6 pounds) range for most to get their two-fish limit. Trollers in the lower Potomac between buoys 7 and 9 are getting plenty of keepers. The Patuxent opens completely for rockfish catches starting Thursday, June 1.
The Town Creek Pier is now open on weekends and fishing there has been very good at twilight and into the night. Each night this week the pier produced about 20 spot, 20 croaker, and as many as 50 rockfish of which about 9 keepers were landed. Perch are plentiful there too.
Catfish are plentiful at Bushwood Pier in Avenue in the Potomac. The first croaker have shown up there too as well as white perch.
Speckled sea trout continue to be caught in good size in the Bay and Honga River and the lower Potomac. These are still rare in the cold wet spring we are experiencing, but the trout and all other fish will get much better with the sun and warmth the month of June promises.
Crabs are picking up and will have a burst of activity to make up for lost time when we get a couple of sunny days in a row.