Hold on to your fishing rods! We have a week of summer lined up for the last of October!
The fish should be on a tear to feed up before the cold comes back. This week's forecast promises near 80 degrees for highs with lows near 60; light winds from the southwest; a delicious mixture.
Big bass are hungry now! We know Mr. Packard here is an expert, but even a novice will do well this Indian Summer week. Any sunny, warm day in October makes the fish a little crazy to bite.
The Shea-D-Lady is still getting spot and trout bottom fishing the Patuxent. Good day last Friday before the big blow.
Rockfish are plentiful for trollers and lure casters. Shore fishermen are finding eager stripers at dusk and dawn in the shallows. Stick baits, bucktails, jigs heads with paddle tail plastics and BKD's will all produce on running tides. Jiggers at slack tides can find keeper reds and stripers on the Patuxent River Bridge pilings. Trollers in the Patuxent and Potomac find stripers at all water depths hitting small tandem rigs, single lures, and smaller umbrellas. The fish range from 22 to 30 inches on average.
Alex with lovely striper that took a Bomber Long A. Monday evening off a Patuxent pier.
The bottom fish are still active in the mouth of the Patuxent. Capt. Bernie out of Solomons (301-672-3282) scored on a cool, windy day last Friday. He is not booked this Sunday (get 'em while you can).
Robert La Grange has this 11 inch perch for a leader in the big perch contest at The Tackle Box for October
White perch are in the creeks and rivers. Crabs are still acting like it's the Fourth of July. The bass, pickerel, and crappie are active in St. Mary's Lake and farm ponds.
Puppy drum are still schooled up in the Patuxent and are eager to hit cast jigs. Remember, they must be 18 inches to keep; release gently.
Plenty of rockfish, too.
Let's go fishing on this gift of fabulous weather in this late season. Everything will be iced up soon enough!