December 18, 2019 - Rockfish Season is Out

The rockfish season is out in Maryland waters and it was great right up until the last day on December 15.

The Potomac remains open for two fish per day with a minimum on 20 inches until December 31st. The lower Potomac on the Virginia side continues to produce excellent catches. Trollers are doing very well off Vermar Beach in the 40 foot depth using small umbrella rigs. The fish are from 20 to 28 inches on average. The cold, clear weather on Wednesday found the fish not as eager to bite. Warmer, overcast days can be very good.

The main stem of the bay below Smith Point has plenty of fish up to 32 inches, and some of the big sea run stipers are in the mix. The Virginia season is open until the end of the year, but the minimum is 20 inches and there is a maximum of 36 inches. There is a one fish per day limit in Virginia.

Hardy fresh water fishermen are catching some fine chain pickerel in ponds and at St. Mary's Lake. Crappie are still hitting live minnows at St. Mary's.

Eric Packard with a pickerel from a farm pond this week.