Rockfish Active in Southern Maryland Waters

June 6, 2016 | The rockfish are very active in all Southern Maryland waters as the June sun and long days have turned them into eating machines.


The boats out of Chesapeake Beach and Deale are in the sweet spot as the stripers have settled there en masse. 

Trollers are finding tons of rockfish in the 20 to 30 inch range from Parkers Creek to the Bay bridge and in the mouth of the Choptank. Capt. Brady Bounds took his party out last Tuesday out of Chesapeake Beach and found fish immediately on structure close to the ramp. The fishermen cast surface poppers and landed fish until their arms were too tired to continue. Later, when the bites slowed, other areas produced fish on bucktails and sassy shads all day at a calmer pace.

The lower Bay and Potomac have good rockfish for all who go looking for diving birds and frothy water as schooled fish are breaking at Cedar Point, Cove Point and Point No Point.

Bottom fishermen using cut bait and peeler crab found rockfish off the pier at Town Creek along with plenty of croaker. The rockfish are up to 30 inches there and long nets provided by pier personnel will be needed to land the fish as the height off the water will break lines on big fish without aid.

The perch seem to be staying in the rivers as of yet as the creeks are still cold and stained due to persistent rain and showers. The rocky outcroppings in the Patuxent are where the white perch are active. Excellent catches on Beetle Spins, small spoons and tiny rattletraps were reported this week of perch up to 11 inches. Spawning carp are in the the little creeks in the mouth of the Patuxent which indicates low salinity down that close to the Bay. They usually spawn up the river close to Benedict.

We usually have the first catches of spot in the first week of June but they have yet to show up. Only three spot had been reported by pound netters in the mouth of the Potomac thus far. Bushels of spot would be normal catches now. They will come, but it may be the Fourth of July.

Croaker seem to be everywhere in the Bay, Patuxent and Potomac. The croaker invade the shallows when the sun goes down and shore fishermen are getting plenty on squid, bloodworms, shrimp, and peeler crab. Last Thursday the anglers at Town Creek Pier were catching them steadily at about 12 inches. Big rockfish hang around the pier lights at night. Some big black drum may show up there anytime.

Catfish, croaker and perch are caught off the pier at Bushwood Wharf in Avenue.

Matthew Barrett used a Beetle Spin to catch these fine perch off the rocky shoreline at West Basin NAS in the Patuxent.
Tony Barrett with a nice mess of white perch caught on Beetle Spin lure in the mouth of the Patuxent.
Mike Payton and a croaker caught off Town Creek Pier.