May 12th, 2021 - Catching Rockfish

Rockfish are being caught daily in the Potomac and in the upper regions of the bay from Deale north to Baltimore.

Catches of the trophy rockfish in the lower bay have been pluncking along at a slower rate. The concentrations of big fish in the Potomac and upper bay seems to related to bigger concentrations of baitfish.

Trollers are using the big baits with 9 inch shads and stinger hooks.

Next Sunday the rockfish minimums fall to 19 inches in Maryland and 20 inches in the Potomac.

The cold front that barged in on Friday has put the fish migrations on hold. Big winds and 40 degree temperatures are not conducive to good fishing or crabbing.

Annie Grove leads the Tackle Box big perch contest with this 13 incher from Chaptico Wharf.

Nick Funya landed this 3 and one half pound snakehead in the head waters of the St. Mary's River.

Tide flows have been minimal, with very low water. These conditions are poor for all fishing.

There have been perch biting in the deeper waters in the rivers and bay.

Catfishing is excellent in the Potomac and Patuxent.

Crappie, bass, bluegill and pickerel are hitting lures and bait in the lakes and ponds.

Captain Greg Buckner sent along photos of rockfish catches from the past few days.

More catches from the Miss Susie.

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