Fishing Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay

I hadn’t fished my home waters since early June, and with the weather looking favorable, I, my dad, and his friend headed out of Solomons MD to hunt for fall striped bass. Maryland and Virginia have had the most rain in recorded history this year, and it showed.  The shallow waters of the Patuxent River…

Fly Fishing the Gunpowder and the (Tidal) Patuxent River

November is my favorite month in Maryland for fishing.  The weather is often perfect, and the fish are feeding actively, gearing up for the metabolic pause of winter. Over the last two weekends, I fished two very different places, each in its own late-fall pattern. In the middle of November, I did a solo afternoon…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore

With low winds and pleasant weather forecast, I spent two days fishing this past weekend out of Solomons, MD. I woke up early Saturday, and took my boat out for a solo run.  I fished the shallows around Solomons with a popper as the sun rose, at the tail end of the outgoing tide.  I…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

I enjoy fishing without other people around.  I think most people do. Because of this, I will happily burn fuel to get far away from the pack, often as not taking me across the bay to the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Sometimes, however, that doesn’t work out.  A few weeks ago, I had that kind…

Fishing Report – Rocky Gorge Reservoir

After my skunk earlier in the week, I headed back to Rocky Gorge Reservoir on Sunday afternoon, walking in from the Supplee Lane parking lot.  The area was fairly crowded, with multiple fishermen on the shore and in kayaks and electric-powered canoes.  The water seemed warm, and the sun was high and bright.  Not the…

Fishing Report – Rocky Gorge Reservoir

After the recent bad weather and lack of fishing on my part, I snuck out of work early this past Tuesday to fish Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Montgomery County.  My goal was to throw big streamers for pike and musky in the shallow portions of the reservoir, where water temperatures should be climbing into the 60’s. …

Fishing Report – Upper Patuxent River

With a brief break in the nasty winter weather the DMV’s been having, I decided to fish the Upper Patuxent River off of Hipsley Mill Road.  The sun had been shining for most of the day, air temperatures had climbed into the 50’s, and my hope was the warmth, coupled with stained water, would make for good streamer…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River

Last Saturday, I headed out with a friend to fish the Patuxent River one final time before pulling my boat for the year.  We were fortunate to have low winds and calm waters, and we quickly found large schools of juvenile striped bass at the mouth of the river and out into the bay.  Terns,…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River

Thanksgiving Weekend has usually represented the last and best fishing of the year in the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay for striped bass.  And although temperatures have been higher this year, the cold front that blew through last Saturday dropped temperatures to their normal fall levels. Thanksgiving night, I took what may be my…

Fishing Report: Patuxent River

Late report here. A few weeks back, I and a friend set out of Solomons MD to chase striped bass on the fly and light tackle.  We found a massive school of dink (10″-14″) stripers spread out across  the river entrance.  Fishing large jigs and flies for a few drifts didn’t provide any action, but…