Everything You Need to Know About Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Fishing

Overview of Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a unique fishery that has a diversity of species and environments found nowhere else. People often separate the Bay into the Upper, Middle, and Lower Chesapeake Bay areas but you can divide this even further if you include the rivers and tributaries that feed into it. The Chesapeake Bay is a paradise for anglers with more spots to catch fish than you could ever explore.

Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Hit the Bay in early summer for black drum, perch, and spot fishing while late Summer into Fall is ideal for cobia, redfish, and even Spanish mackerel. If you love catching monster bull redfish or cobia Chesapeake bay needs to be on your bucket list. The shad run on the Virginia side can be particularly fun in the spring as well. The Chesapeake Bay is a gorgeous and inspiring place to visit that happens to have incredible fishing opportunities.

Trolling for Rockfish

While the Chesapeake Bay is home to many species including bluefish, redfish, speckled trout, perch, and fluke, it is the striped bass(in the area commonly called rockfish) that takes the cake as the signature fish of the Bay. It is a state fish of both Maryland and Virginia because of its popularity among anglers for sport and food.

Trolling the Chesapeake Bay for rockfish is a great way for any angler to spend their day. Head out with an umbrella lure in the upper Bay during the May trophy season for your chance to land a beast. October (or Rocktober) is when the main season is firing on all cylinders and the fish go into a feeding frenzy when it starts to get colder. If trolling isn’t for you, rockfish arent too picky - you can fish with spoons as well, and many locals swear by nightcrawlers and bloodworms.

Things to Do Near Chesapeake Bay

Visiting the Chesapeake Bay is a perfect place to try a variety of delicious dishes. The local cuisine consists of dishes cooked with a variety of fish and crab freshly plucked from the bay. The bay is surrounded by parks, preserves, and forests which makes it paradise for anyone who seeks out nature. The Chesapeake Bay has so much to offer and you can find something for everyone while you are there.

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