• Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report - VA

    Capt. Billy's Charters
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  • I grew up in a small rural waterfront area of Pasadena, Maryland. At age five, I had my first vessel, a sailing skiff converted to a rowboat. My father taught me how to fish and crab while ultimately helping me develop a love and respect for the water.

  • Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report - VA

    The past week offered mixed conditions on the water. Through the wind, rain and rough seas, the water temperatures, currently at 55 degrees in the bay, have found a way to rise. There were a few nice days mixed in which allowed anglers to partake in their favorite activity.

    STRIPED BASS fishing continued to improve in Maryland waters as well as in the Potomac River. It seems that the fish are continuing to move out of the spawning areas and into the bay. Those fish in the upper reaches of the bay waters including Annapolis and as far south as Chesapeake Beach, Maryland are showing signs of further southward migration as well. The cooler weather continues to slow the post spawn migration of fish. With that in mind, I fully expect there to be plenty of fish available during the next two weeks in Virginia waters which are set to open up this Thursday - May 1st.

    The creeks and rivers in Virginia waters that feed both the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers are holding medium to large specimens of striped bass at this time. During the late afternoon and evening hours they tend to move to shallow waters to feed. This presents a great opportunity for light tackle casting action.
    For the best trolling action, I recommend finding areas of structure to work. These areas include deeper oyster shores, channel drop-offs, grassy bottoms, outside of protruding points and other locations where the bottom changes or has habitat for the baitfish to frequent.

    I have noticed that long leaders (20+ feet) with light 40-50# leaders are producing well. Another tip is that the single lures are getting more action than umbrellas or tandem rigs.

    There are two fishing competitions going on this weekend locally and one in Maryland waters. The Smith Point Sea Rescue tournament is Friday and Saturday and the Northern Neck Anglers Club starts May 3rd and continues through May 11th. The MSSA is holding a large tournament in Maryland.
    CROAKER action is improving daily. They remain generally small with a size range of 8-11 inches on average. Bloodworms and shrimp are the preferred menu for the early croakers. Once again, locations offering structure (refer to my previous note above) are holding the largest quantities of these fish.

    Enjoy your week, be safe and catch some dinner.
    Until next week, Fair winds.
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