Chesapeake Bay Rockfish
A reciprocal license agreement between Virginia and Maryland allows anglers with a license from either state to fish anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Northern Neck, sandwiched between the Potomac River to the north and the Rappahannock River to the south, the Northern Neck offers a multitude of fish habitat and species to choose from throughout the summer. The Chesapeake bay hotspots farther south that enjoy higher salinity and longer seasons.
Summer and early fall, however, is prime fishing time for anglers farther north. Striped bass (Rockfish) -- arguably the most popular game fish in the entire Chesapeake Bay.
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is king -- the official Maryland state fish. Trolling is usually the weapon of choice.
Striper fishermen enjoy success trolling bucktails, spoons and plugs, as well as soft-plastic shad imitations behind umbrella rigs. Unless fish are visible and feeding on the surface, most anglers will troll along dropoffs, especially the edge of the shipping channel. Although larger fish are typically caught trolling, chumming will produce higher numbers. Drop anchor upcurrent from the target zone along a channel edge or other structure and set up a chum slick of ground menhaden (aka pogie- moss bunker). Menhaden is also the hook bait of choice, but there are times when stripers prefer clams, so it's best to have both baits available.
Audio extended forecast for Southern Maryland and the Maryland and Virginia eastern shore
Oceanside, Bay & freshwater fishing reports from DNR
The Chesapeake Bay
saltwater striped bass fishing record
Freshwater striper fishing record
Cheapeake bay Striper Record (rockfish)
67 lbs., 8 oz Devin Nolan 05/13/95 Bloody Point
Striped Bass Regulations
Anglers may not possess striped
bass while fishing between midnight and 5 am. No eels may be
used as bait during this season.
DNR Boating Access Guide
Inshore (Chincoteague, VA to Fenwick Island)
Located a 140 miles from Baltimore
Ocean City is bordered on both sides by water
-- the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Assawoman Bay on the
west (making it possible to see both the sunrise and sunset). The
town extends from the Inlet at the southern end of the boardwalk
to the Maryland-Delaware state line at 146th Street. It is estimated
that more than eight million vacationers pass through Ocean City
throughout the year -- making it the second largest city (after
Baltimore) in Maryland at the height of the season. Ocean City's
main attraction is its boardwalk , a 2.9-mile stretch The
inshore waters adjoining Maryland's Atlantic coast are rich with
marine life and offer some of saltwater's finest fishing.
Ocean City Offshore (Chincoteatgue,
VA to Cape May, NJ)
Shore angling opportunities abound in this resort community. Small craft are
able to maneuver and take advantage of everything this quality saltwater has
A.P photo 2002 Middle Chesapeake
Bay (Pocomoke Sound to Patuxent River)
Depending on the season anglers can expect to catch a wide variety of fish,
including striped bass Upper Chesapeake Bay (Cove Point to Annapolis)
Upper Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis to Susquehanna River)
Nine of the state's 23 major rivers and multiple creeks, flow into the Chesapeake
Bay. Not only is there an abundance of freshwater species located in this area
but there is a prolific seafood harvest which includes millions of bushels
of crab, oysters, clams and eels. Sandy
Point State Park Map
point state park features Sandy
Point Boating access
Maryland Striped Bass
Allegany & Garrett
For special questions about these areas, call 301-334-8218.
Washington, Frederick & Carroll
For special questions about these areas, call 301-898-9724. Patapsco
Located in Carroll, Baltimore,
and Howard Counties. Fish species include smallmouth
bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish , hickory
shad, American shad , and rainbow trout.
Valley State Park
- Located in Sykesville, Carroll
Co. Fish species include largemouth bass, redear
sunfish, striped bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie,
channel catfish, tiger muskie, and yellow perch.
300 acres; 410-795-3274.
- Carroll - Baltimore Co., NE
of Sykesville; from Rt. 26, turn N on Oakland
Mill Rd; largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped
bass, walleye, crappie, channel catfish, yellow
perch,white perch, bluegill sunfish, carp,
rainbow and brown trout. For boat permits and
information call 410-795-6150. Montgomery,
Harford Counties & Baltimore City
For special questions about these areas, call 410-442-2080
Anne Arundel, Prince
George's, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties
For Information call 301-888-2423
River and Tributaries
- (A Chesapeake Bay
Sportfishing License is required to fish in
the Potomac and it's tributaries up to their
freshwater dividing lines.) Mattawoman Creek
lies in the W part of Charles Co., above the
bridge on MD Rt. 225 (Freshwater Fishing License
is required); Piscataway Creek runs through
SE Prince George's Co. near Clinton, above
Livingston Rd, (Freshwater Fishing License
is required); largemouth bass, striped bass,
chain pickerel, crappie, channel catfish, yellow
and white perch, bluegill sunfish and carp
are found in tributaries and in the Potomac
Route 50 to the north, Forest Drive to the west, Edgewood Road to the southeast
and the Severn River to the northeast
Boating on the Severn Public Access
21401-21405, 21411 and 21412
Note: The next two areas are
for trophy largemouth bass. (Perhaps of interest to striper Fishermen)
- In Charles Co. in Gilbert Run Park, E of LaPlata
off LaPlata-New Market Rd., (Rt. 6); largemouth bass, crappie,
channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish; (Trophy Bass
Lake - special regulations apply); 75 acres. For info - 301-934-9305. St. Mary's Lake - 250 acres in St.
Mary's River Park, Rt. 5 W of Lexington Park and Callaway;
largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish.
(Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); State Park. For
info - 301-872-5688. Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's,
Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset & Worcester
For Information call 410-827-6245 Transquaking River - Dorchester Co.;
largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, crappie,
channel catfish, yellow and white perch, bluegill, and carp. For
information - 410-228-2920.
Catchin' Chesapeake Rockfish (Catchin' Chesapeake Rockfish, Volume 1)
For Freshwater Fisheries questions, please call 410-260-8320.
Information courtesy of Freshwater Fisheries Biologists,
MD DNR Freshwater Fisheries Service.
Courtesy of Maryland DNR
Captain John Deery Chesapeake Bay Fishing Guide Light Tackle for Striped Bass.
and freshwater locations
in the US to Fish striped bass
Conowingo Dam Generation schedule # 888-457-4076.
All Stripers All The Time!!