Rockfish, Trout, and Spot Now Here

June 20, 2017  |  Rockfish, spot and trout were caught this week in good numbers all over Southern Maryland waters.


Rockfish are in the Patuxent for lure casters most everywhere on structures in the shallows. Jiggers on the stone piles, wrecks, and Solomon's Island bridge pilings are finding very good action on tide changes and at dusk and dawn. There are plenty of undersized fish, but patience will allow a limit most days, and an out-sized fish close to 40 inches is a possibility. Trollers find rockfish that want to play on the oyster bars and at Sheridan Point. Top water plugs will tempt the hefty stripers. Live-liners are using live spot and catching big rockfish between Captain's Point and the mouth of St. Leonard Creek.

The Potomac has consistent stripers for chummers around St. Clements Island. We had reports of good-sized rockfish in the mouth of Nomini Bay, and Ragged Point. Mid-river around the 301 bridge finds jiggers and trollers doing very well. The rockfish are evenly mixed with catfish near Morgantown for those fishing with cut alewife on the bottom. Trollers in the mouth of the Potomac between buoys 5 and 7 are doing well.

There are breaking rockfish in the bay from Point No Point to 72A and the Target ship. Mixed schools of rockfish and blues are breaking near Hooper's Island Light. Some hefty rockfish are inside the Targets and Cedar Point Hollow.

Lure casters in the salt Islands and around the Honga River are finding speckled trout and rockfish mixed together. The trout are good-sized in the 17- to 22-inch range, the rockfish are all sized with plenty in the 22- to 26-inch range. Some keeper redfish are showing up.

Spot showed up this week mixed with white perch at Hawk's Nest in the Patuxent. Spot and croaker are being caught of Solomon's fishing pier. The Town Creek Pier had really good spot fishing on the tide change late Saturday and fishermen there were catching them two at a time on double bottom rigs baited with bits of bloodworm. The spot, perch, and puppy drum have worked their way up the St. Mary's River off the Potomac. Surf casters at Piney Point found good-sized spot in abundance under the St. George Island bridge and some keeper rockfish too.

Surfcasters off the Point Lookout fishing pier and off the rocks and beaches are getting spot, blues, rockfish, and croaker. Breaking rockfish came temptingly close to the Potomac beaches this weekend at Point Lookout.

Ron Ault landed this 26 inch rockfish casting a plastic lure at Kitts Pint in the Potomac.
Joe Tippett with a string of rockfish caught near Cove Point casting lures with several fishing buddies.
Ken lamb with 36 inch, 20 pound rockfish that took a top water plug in knee deep water.
Leroy Grandby fished off Solomons fishing pier and found croaker biting on bloodworms.
Pete Preston and Nelson Myers found catfish taking fresh cut alewives in the Potomac near the Morgantown powerplant.
Pete Preston landed this 32 inch, 17 pound blue catfish near Morgantown in the Potomac.
Richard Britos and Zack Javier landed this 22 inch rockfish off Solomons fishing pier while casting a River2sea jerk bait.
Tyler Haile landed this impressive batch of perch at Tall Timbers.