Here is the latest fishing report for Maryland's tidal waters including the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches. It looks like the striper bite is shifting away from the trophy fish to the resident fish, white perch and croaker action is starting to heat up as is flounder fishing, and the beaches are seeing a nice run of stripers. This report was put together and filed by Dave Yost, aka Striper Dave (http://www.striperdave.com).
The striper/rockfish season has changed to allow anglers two rockfish per person from 18" to 28" or one from 18-28" and one larger than 28". The spawning run of the trophy stripers is just about over. Ther are many of reports of the big cows along the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland north to the Jersey shore and into New York. These are fish that are headed out and on their way north.
Most fisherman are switching to chumming and awaiting the spot to start live lining. Charter boat captains have been burning some gas to get limts for their parties. It was definitely a tougher bite out there this week and the winds didn't help much either. With the past few days of warm and sunny weather fishing should improve. The south bite from Solomons south to Point Lookout has been the better area to fish. Reports from captains in the area of Cove Point reflect some nice stripers being caught there.
The white perch fishing is picking up and starting to hear reports of croaker coming in. Shore bound anglers from North Beach pier are getting lucky at night with bloodworms, shrimp, and fresh cut bait on some small resident stripers. Croaker have been coming showing up on the pier as well. High tide conciding with nightfall is a good combination. The area at the mouth of the Patuxent known as Chinese Mud is been a popular croaker hole and has already given up a few citation croaker.
Flounder fishing is picking up and will get better as the water warms. Most of the doormat/slab size flounder are still south with only a few caught north of Solomons so far. Holland Point, near the green can, is a good place to try for flounder once the water warms a few more degrees. Try light bucktails, or teasers on a khale hook, tipped with minnows and squid.
The ocean action is on fire from MD north to NY as migrating stripers head north for the summer. Indian River Inlet and the Ocean City Inlet have been producing some nice striper action at nigh. Bluefish are starting to show up in the inlets, as well as flounder. Assateague Island has been good for stripers and bluefish. Cut bunker and herring have been the hot baits for these fish. Some kingfish and flounder have been caught as well on squid, bloodworms and gulp. A good tip for the beach is to head down at low tide and check the sandbars, cuts, etc. and scout out structure before choosing a spot for high tide. If you can catch high tide at dusk or dawn with the right structure you should catch fish. If you head to Assateague or Ocean City, MD stop in at Harbor Tackle near the Route 50 bridge, or if your headed north stop in at Oyster Bait and Tackle around 120th Street. Both of these tackle shops are staffed with friendly folks, have the best fresh bait and can point you in the right direction to catch fish.