Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay

With my boat back from the mechanic, and having heard scattered reports of big striped bass in the middle Chesapeake, my buddy and I set off for an early morning run.  Heading north out of Solomons Island, I kept my eyes peeled for birds, oil slicks, or congregations of boats in tight quarters, all of which would…

Fishing Report – Big Hunting Creek

Last weekend, with my boat in the shop, I headed up into the Catoctin Mountains to fish Big Hunting Creek.  I had read about this catch-and-release water, and heard it had a high density of trout, with large stocked fish mixed in with smaller native Browns. I ended the day disappointed.  I fished the creek…

Fishing Report – Cownose Rays

Cownose rays don’t get any respect.  They’re “trash-fish”, good for ruining your tackle, decimating oyster beds, or muddying up your favorite flat.  With that said, if you tie into one on a fly rod, they’re a blast.  For Chesapeake Bay fisherman, they are a good option if striper, cobia, or drum fishing isn’t happening. I…

Conservation Watch – Chesapeake Bay Health

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has released it’s annual report card for the Chesapeake Bay.  The news is good and bad:  The Bay’s health is still poor, but it had one of its best years in record, earning a grade of a “C”. For more information, check out the EcoHealth Report Card…

Fishing Report -WB&A Trail Bass Fishing

Given a break in the miserable weather the Mid-Atlantic’s been mired in, I struck out to find largemouth bass in PG County.  The Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis trail runs along the remains of an electric train that once whisked commuters between Baltimore and Washington.  It’s no longer there (its heyday was in the 1930’s), but PG…

Fishing Report – Great Falls National Park

I headed back to Great Falls National Park to fish the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and more importantly to hit the ponds hidden along one of billy goat trails.  I figured the bass should be hungry, and nearly ready to spawn. When I arrived, I saw the trails were closed due to high water.  Knowing…

Fishing Report – CBBT and Eastern Shore Barrier Islands

I spent last Thursday fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) and the barrier islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  The target:  Jumbo sized striped bass and red drum.  And despite the massive fish in the cover photo (caught light tackle jigging a few years ago), we did not have any success. The water temperature…