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…

Fishing Report: Patuxent River

Water temperatures are still high in the Chesapeake and its tributaries (63-65 degrees), and the fish are behaving much as they would in early October.  Breaking fish are available everywhere you go, with calm weather days the best for spotting and catching these fish.   I took part of my Saturday to give it a shot…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

After being busy throughout September (and fishing other places of course), I went out to fish the Chesapeake this past weekend on my boat.  With my dad and uncle (who taught me how to fly fish in the first place), we headed out of Solomons, MD.  The forecast was both good and bad – calm…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay and Lower Patuxent River

I spent Saturday morning running the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay, looking for Striped Bass, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.  I was joined by my cousin, who is a solid fisherman himself, and just getting into the fly fishing game. We left the dock at 6:30AM, immediately finding a school of breaking young-of-the-year striped bass…

Fishing Report – Patuxent River and Lower Chesapeake Bay

Another weekend in the books fishing the Chesapeake Bay by boat.  Saturday saw myself, a coworker, and his 10 year old fishing the Patuxent River, bottom fishing for croaker and spot near St. Leonard Creek and the mouth of Cuckhold Creek.  Fishing was surprisingly poor compared to past years, with only one caught spot and…

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 – Upper Patuxent

I went back to the Upper Patuxent River (fly fishing, catch-and-release section) Sunday before last, hoping to find some of the Browns that river is famous for.  I found a fleet of cars in the tiny gravel lots along the river.  Clearly I wasn’t the only person with this idea. The river was in great…

Fishing Report – Upper Patuxent River

Due to last weekend’s colder, cloudy weather, I decided not to fish the Casselman River.  I did take a half hour to explore a lower Patuxent River tidal creek on the lookout for perch and shad, but never found fish willing to take a streamer.  This week has been different – warm weather pushing into the upper…