Crabbing in the Elk and Bohemia Rivers has been very good most of the summer. With Chicken necks the preferred bait. The Chester River is producing well also and here Razor Clams have been the better choice of bait. The best crabbing of the season is yet to come and with the numbers of crab we have now, September and October should be great!
With the heat of summer starting to ease up a bit the fishing in the upper bay is beginning to pick up, somewhat. The summer pattern of generally catching lots small fish is starting to change. We have been seeing more and better fish in our catches. Reports from customers have been getting better by the day, too! Smallmouth Bass fishing in the lower Susquehanna has been off and on with the best catches coming early and late in the day. Shade can be a major part of finding the fish in warm water. Striper Fishing at the Conowingo Dam is just starting to provide more consistent catching.
The Rock Hall area has seen consistent catches of Rockfish while Chumming or jigging under birds. Look for bigger birds to locate larger size Rockfish. Striper fishing in the upper bay is picking up also. Keeper fish have been reported in the Bohemia and Sassafras rivers. The areas around Still Pond and Worton have also been producing keeper Rockfish up to 30″. There are lots of baitfish in the upper bay and as the waters cool, the fall Striper fishing will get better.
My last few Fish trips have produced Bluefish and Stripers while fishing the mid-bay area. Last week we were fishing below Tilghman Island and caught numerous keeper size Rockfish and Bluefish on our home made jigging spoons called Mac-Whackers. This rig employs a 4″ streamer fly tied above a 1oz. jigging spoon. I caught Rockfish 2 at a time most all afternoon many were 20″ or larger. I even caught a tagged Rockfish, the second one this year! Spanish Mackerel and Red Drum have shown up in the same area. It is time to gear up for the great fall fishing here in the “Land of Pleasant Living”…