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MARYLAND: 45-75 miles () — From St. Jerome’s Creek in St. Mary’s County, Christy Henderson ( reports fair fishing for schools of keeper rockfish and blues between her home creek and the Middle Grounds, as well as all the lower bay buoys in Maryland. Spanish mackerel and even some sea trout have been scored along the Maryland-Virginia state line. The fishing goes into high gear as you head north toward the Patuxent, Gas Docks and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant and across to the Eastern Shore and up the bay clear to the Chester River. Surface eruptions by feeding snapper bluefish and rockfish up to 24 inches appear frequently. These schools of fish make short surface appearances, then sound, but anglers who abstain from running through the breaking fish can catch them by lowering 4- and 5-inch-long chrome Sting Silver and Swedish Pimple jigs straight down and begin jigging them. The fish will be there.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles () — From the Northern Neck, charter fishing captain Billy Pipkin ( finds breaking blues and rockfish, some Spanish mackerel and plenty of action for his customers. In the lower bay, Ken Neill says the flounder fishing has been good. “Limits of big flounder are being caught at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Back River Reef and at the Cell/Buoy 42 area. Good Spanish mackerel catches have come from York Spit. Big black drum are being caught at the islands of the bridge-tunnel,” he said.


CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles () — (Route 50 east to Cambridge) Perch, spot, snapper blues and some juvenile rockfish will bite, but croakers are not as cooperative. Upper river bass anglers are disappointed because of the tremendous heat.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles (..) — (From Snow Hill down to Shad Landing) Hot water, few bass and fish that have lockjaw make this a tough place this week.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles (..) — (Sharptown ramp off Route 313 or use the Marshyhope Creek ramp outside of Federalsburg) Slow going for bass again this week, but early hours could turn up surface catches of feeding rockfish in the Vienna area and below.


LAKE ANNA: 82 miles () — (Route 208, Spotsylvania County) Stick to the dark hours and you will catch bass around creek entrance points that decline sharply. But if it has to be during the hot sun, use a little heavier slip sinker than normal with your worm rig and you will score in up to 20 feet of water. Occasional striper catches are made, but all of those occur after sundown or before sunrise.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles () The upper river water is low and warm, resulting in fewer smallmouth catches, but if you can find the occasional deep hole you also will be into a few keeper bass.

LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles (..) — (Route 793, off Route 29) There’s not much happening, but catfish and sunfish can be caught.

LAKE ORANGE: 75 miles (..) — (Concessionaire: 540/672-3997; look for left turn sign on Route 20 before entering town of Orange) The catfish don’t mind a little heat if you arrive during the “cool” hours of the day (if there is such a thing). Bass fishing has been terrible.

LAKE GASTON: 179 miles () — (Route 46, Gasburg) Marty Magone reports, “Get out early and fish vegetation adjacent to deep water for bass and school-size stripers. Don’t forget the upriver feeder creeks that have a decent bluegill population. Downsize to a small spinning rod with a 1/8-ounce jig & grub. Pitch this combo near the many laydowns or brushpiles and hang on. Palm-size bluegills are lots of fun, especially for kids.”

KERR RESERVOIR: 185 miles () — (Route 58, Clarksville) Catfish are sure to snatch up a large piece of cut bait. Bass will take surface poppers and buzzbaits early or late in the day.

JAMES RIVER: 115 miles (..) — (Tidal Richmond area and downstream) Even the catfish aren’t cooperative. Few are caught.

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER: 135 miles (..) — (Williamsburg area) Catfish and some bass are hooked, but the river has seen better days.

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