June 19, 2019 - Mid June and all is well

Catfish in the 2 to 7 pound size are eager to take fresh cut bait most everywhere off the shoreline. The bridge at Piney Point to St. George Island is consistent for catfish. There are white perch and stripers there too.

The rockfish are at the power plant outflow above Cove Point for jiggers. About one in ten is up to the 19 inch minimum, and there are some big ones up to 35 inches on occasion. The Patuxent has rockfish in the shallows for trollers and lure casters; the oyster bars and wrecks are holding bigger fish for deep trollers. The mouth of the Patuxent has rockfish on rising tides at Cedar Point and Drum Point, The Potomac has a slug of rockfish below the 301 Bridge where the water clears up. Bottom fishermen are getting rockfish and perch mixed on the Virginia side of the Potomac at Ragged Point. Chummers find eager rockfish at daybreak at St. George Island, Tall Timbers and near the mouth of Herring Creek.

Cobia are beginning to nibble their way into our area moving in from the south. A 30 pond cobia was taken in a pound net off Cornfield Point this past week, and a handful of Spanish mackerel too. The cobia are scattered up and down the ship's channel from Smith Point to the Bay Bridge Tunnel. They are coming fast with big bull Reds right behind them.

Skillful fishermen have found white perch with some croaker mixed in in the Patuxent. Bloodworms are the key in 25 to 40 feet of water on the edge of the drop offs. There were perch and croaker at Hawks Nest out the mouth of Cuckold Creek last Wednesday. There are plenty of skate (cow nosed rays) in the Patuxent.

Surf casters at Point Lookout Pier have reported some snapper bluefish, rockfish and catfish.

There are catfish, croaker, and perch at Bushwood Wharf.

Crabs are plentiful and big. St. Mary's Lake has eager largemouth bass, pickerel, and bluegill.

Kyle Eyster with a catfish from Hog Point in the mouth of the Patuxent.

Erick Packard shows off a rockfish from the power plant outfall.

Eric Packard with a fine bass from St. Mary's Lake.

News flash: Bottom fishing in Patuxent turns golden over the weekend with spot, croaker, perch and catfish eager to bite. These pictures a