Trophy Rockfish Season Continues with Plenty of Big Fish

May 16, 2016  |  The trophy rockfish season continued this week, and there are still plenty of big fish.


However, the relentless cold and rain affected both the fishermen (most of whom waited for better weather), and the fish whose appetite waned in the rain. 

There was a good bite on big fish near the Gas Docks on Saturday morning. 

There is an abundance of bait fish in the Bay and presenting lures to fish that are already filled up at the buffet is a problem.

The Potomac was more consistent as the area around St. Clements Island produced lots of big fish all week.

The regulations on striped bass (rockfish) changes on Monday the 16th to two fish per day, 20 inches minimum length and only one over 28 inches. Trollers can switch to smaller lures and find the smaller fish most every where in the shallows and deep. Jiggers and lure casters will find 20 to 30 inch fish around the mouth of the Patuxent from Fishing Point to the rocks at the old Cedar Point Lighthouse site. The fishing will be opened up all the way up the Patuxent to Point Patience on May 16th.  June 1st will open up all the Patuxent. The Potomac should have plenty of rockfish both under the 28 inch and over.

Rockfish in the 20 to 30 inches were "stacked up" south of Point No Point to the Wilson Bridge Reef last week. Jiggers caught and released all they cared to play with.

There were reports of croaker catches in the Wicomico off the Potomac, and at the public pier at the boat ramp under the Solomons bridge.

Steve Helmrich caught speckled in the Honga River this week on a white sassy shad lure. There are plenty of small rockfish (keepers) in that area too.

White perch are in the creeks and crabs in the 4 inch size are everywhere.

Fresh water fishing at St. Mary's Lake needs a break from the rain and some 80 degree days to get into high gear.
 

A lovely rockfish from early in the week.
Ann Papson and her 25 pound, 42 inch trophy rockfish from the Bay at buoy 66.
Phil Zakesak trolled in the Potomac near Coles Point on the Virginia side and landed this 41 inch, 20 pound rockfish.
Sam Alton and his 41 inch, 21 pound rock from near buoy 66 that took a white tandem rig.
Steve Helmrich with the first speckeled trout of the season.