May 26th, 2021 - Memorial Day Fishing

We had a taste of summer this past week, only to have a cold front come in with wind and chilly temperatures on Monday.

The forecast for the Memorial Day weekend is cooler with probable rain on Saturday. Do not let that keep you fishing as rockfish, trout, catfish spot and perch are all on a hot bite.

There have been good sized speckled trout in the mouth of the Patuxent, Potomac, and in the salt islands and Honga River.

Stripers are now in all the shallows for lure casters and many are keeper size of 19 inches in Maryland and 20 inches in the Potomac. All Maryland waters open next Tuesday, June 1, and the upper Patuxent is loaded with keeper rockfish.

Eric Packard shows off a lovely speckled trout from Mill Creek.

Eric Packard and keeper rockfish from the Patuxent.

Perch are in the creeks for lure casters (Beetle Spins, Perch Hounders). Bottom fishermen can find plenty of perch in 20 to 30 feet of water on the oyster bars.

Spot have made an early appearance in both the Potomac and the Patuxent and are mixed with perch catches.

Steve Helmrick with limit of trout from the Honga River.

Typical largemouth from St. Mary's Lake this week.

Catfish continue to be very active at the Bushwood Pier and most everywhere else in the Potomac. The Patuxent also has excellent catfish eager to take cut bait.

Crabs are coming on strong now for chicken-neckers and private pier crab pots.

Bass, crappie, bluegill and pickerel are plentiful and eager to bite in local ponds and St. Mary's Lake.

Bluefish in lower Potomac have been in the pound nets this week.

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