Rockfish Continue Feeding

November 9, 2015 | Rockfish continue busily feeding in the Potomac, Patuxent, and the Bay.


Schooled-up stripers were joined by some hefty bluefish in the four- to seven-pound range that must have come in from the Atlantic last week to feed on the plentiful baitfish of the Bay. The blues were caught off the beach at Point Lookout State Park and on the beaches at Cedar Point. Trollers and jiggers found these fish mixed with breaking stripers and in some huge schools of gray trout that have congregated on the Middle Grounds east of buoy 72. The blues find the 13- to 14-inch gray trout tasty snacks and trollers can find these fish cut into as they are reeled to the boat.

Rockfish of good size (22 to 28 inches) have been caught at St. Clements Island, Ragged Point, Swan Point, and further up the River at the 301 bridge in the Potomac River. The mouth of the Potomac from Cornfield Harbor to Smith Point has some fine rockfish.

Trollers in the Patuxent have found eager rockfish at Half Pone Point, Sotterley, Helen's Bar, St. Leonard Creek, Sea Breeze, and various ledges and holes all the way to Benedict and beyond.

Bay trollers and jiggers are finding breaking schools of rockfish everywhere.

White perch have fled the clear, cold water in the creeks for the deep holes in the rivers. Bottom fishermen using bits of bloodworms on double-hook bottom rigs are finding them on the sand and oyster bars in 30 feet. They will move into 60 feet and deeper as the cold intensifies.


Small rock trolling

Mark Purcell with a 20 inch rainbow from a pond in Mechanicsville

Big rockfish using live spot
Johnny Caldwell caught these rockfish from the shoreline casting lures at Hog Point, Patuxent NAS
Mike Herndon with rockfish from the mouth of St. Jerome's Creek.