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Sunny Days Lead to Great Weekend Fishing

June 6, 2017  |  We got some great fishing with the sunny summer days over the weekend. Stripers and white perch have shown up most everywhere.

The Potomac has very good rockfish activity from Point Lookout all the way to the 301 Bridge and beyond. The rockfish here are varied in size with undersized most plentiful, but enough over the 20-inch minimum to keep everybody happy. Trollers find good sized fish off St. George Island in 30 feet of water. The stripers are in shallower water around Ragged Point. The St. Mary's River has more rockfish than seen by natives in decades.

The Patuxent has stripers, but keeper-sized fish are hard to come by. The Rocks at the old lighthouse site has fish for lure casters, but the first ones there at first light get strikes - latecomers find slim pickings. Jiggers on structure have found good numbers.

Trollers in the Bay are getting rockfish and blues in good numbers on the Middle Ground and near Point No Point and the Targets.

Cobia should arrive soon.

Spot and croaker are still not in full summertime mode. July is coming with better bottom fishing. White perch are here now in the rivers and creeks.

A smattering of puppy drum have been reported including some keeper size in excess of 18 inches and many about 16 inches.

Catfishing is great in the Potomac and upper Patuxent.

Snakeheads are available for hook and liners and bow fishermen.

Steve Helmrich with speckled trout from the Honga River.
This 12 inch perch hit a white Beetle Spin.
Ken Lamb fished a creek off the Patuxent and found white perch with Beetle Spin lures.
Jacob Vosbeygh landed this 8 pound, 23 inch white catfish in the Potomac.
Nick Otto landed this pair of 7 pound plus snakeheads bowfishing in Mattawoman Creek.

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