Fall Fishing In Maryland
The transition to fall is beginning. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Water temperatures are beginning to drop. The fish are slowly transition into their fall patterns all throughout Maryland.
Bait fish start leaving their tidal rivers. Getting swept down the bay in currents. There are many species of fish in the Chesapeake bay, tons are keying in on the bait opportunity right now. Spanish mackerel, blue fish, trout, red drum, striped bass, spot, croaker, white perch, flounder, cobia, cownose rays, and more. Surface action has been reported in the mornings and evenings. Which means that fall has one foot in the door.
QUICK TARGETING TIPS For Fall Fishing In Maryland By Species
Spanish mackerel / Blue fish - Spoons
Flounder - 4" berkley gulp swimming mullet / Live lining shiners
Cobia - Live eels / bucktails
Stingray - Cut bunker
White perch - Bloodworms / Small shiners / Small spinners / Grass shrimp
Spot / Croaker - Blood worms / Grass shrimp
Striped bass - Live lining spot / Soft plastics on jig heads / trolling / chunk baits
Red drum - Chunks of blue crabs
Speckled trout - Jerk shads / Berkley gulp swimming mullet /Spook juniors
Live lining spot is extremely popular for striped bass in these conditions. The crabbing is at it's peak. The fall is a great time to get out and fish. So many opportunities to land many different species. Fisherman wait all year for this time. It's a good idea to stock up on gear now with Bullbuster fluorocarbon line, monofilament and braided line.
Soon the stocking of lakes, streams, and ponds will begin. There will be an abundance of beautiful rainbow trout, and golden trout. Targeting them on a 1/8 pink wacky rigged worms on a small jighead will work wonders.
The bass will start moving closer to shore feeding on shad. The mornings and evening hours will be the best bite. Top water will be slamming, be sure to be throwing spooks and wake baits.
Here is a recent shot of a largemouth I caught on a imitation shad 5" swimbait.
Western Maryland will house many pike, pickerel, musky, and small mouth bass. As temperatures plummet pike and small mouth opportunity's will arise in parts of western and northern Maryland.
AREA'S TO FIND FISH In Maryland In The Fall
Stingray - Leaving Soon, Heading South
White Perch, Spot - In waters with hard bottom surfaces
Striped Bass - Throughout all areas, larger ones will be suspended along channel edges
Red Fish, Cobia, Blue Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Trout - Lower bay
Cobia can be targeted swimming with schools of cownose ray, and under schools of menhaden gorging themselves.
Most fish slowly start to leave the bay, and swim south. So most importantly get out there and spend more time fishing. It's not a hobby it's a passion. #spendmoretimefishing
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