Croaker Have Arrived

May 25, 2016 | Croaker have moved in to Southern Maryland Waters.


Good catches have been reported at various locations around Cedar Point on the Naval Air Station. The rocks at the O'Club, Hog Point, Fishing Point, and Goose Creek have all seen croakers (hardhead) caught. The pier at Test Pilot School should have them as well as the rocks at West Basin. The fishing pier at the boat ramp under the Solomons Bridge has also reported croaker. The awful weather has kept most people in the house protected from the cold and rain for most of May. 

The hardy souls who have tried the bottom fishing have done well. 

I suspect that boaters will find croaker most everywhere in the sunny 80 degree days that are predicted for the Memorial Day Weekend. The Wicomico River has already produced croaker off Cobb Island and should be at Bushwood now. Croaker like bloodworms, squid, shrimp, and most of all, peeler or soft crab.

Rockfish are now legal at 20 inches and charter captains are getting their limits of stripers both over and under the 28 inch tipping point. The bite was very good in the cold rain, but will get complicated in the hot sun. They will go to their habit of biting in the early and late hours of daylight. The exception will be the smaller fish breaking on the surface anytime they can find a school of bait. The big fish will be on the bottom under the breakers and can be jigged up with shiny metal lures and bucktails.

Some captains have moved their boats north to Deale, gambling that the majority of the rockfish will migrate there as in the past four seasons. However, the fish seem to be numerous in the southern regions from Point Lookout, Point No Point, Hooper's Island Light, Cedar Point, Cove Point, Etc.

The rockfishing should be good up the rivers which open up on June 1st. Trollers, jiggers, and lure casters will find eager rockfish biting on small bucktails, sassy shads, and spoons.

White perch were caught in good quantity in the mouth of the creek at Hog Point in the mouth of the Patuxent on Beetle Spins Monday morning.

Two more big blues (in excess of 30 inches and 10 pounds) have shown up in the pound nets near Point Lookout in the mouth of the Potomac.

The stain on the ponds and St. Mary's Lake from the incessant rain will take several days to diminish, but the fish should be ravenous when normal temperatures are attained.

Alvin Dacy trolled a chartruse tandem tempting this 40 inch 22 pound rockfish near Piney Point in the Potomac.
Frank Crowe trolled in the Potomac at Piney Point for ths 42 inch 24 pound rockfish that took his chartruse daisy chain lure.
Leroy Wells shows off 20 croakers caught off the rocks at the old O'Club on NAS Pax River (Cedar Point). Largest was 12 inches.