Our Indian Summer stole away on Saturday night, and it doesn’t look like it will come back.  Seasonal temperatures are our future, with overnights flirting with freezes.  

The last of shore fishing for rockfish and perch is at hand with falling temperatures and clearing water.  Stripers visit the shallows annually, but their forays are mostly limited to nighttime hours.

Rockfish schools of huge proportions are in the mouth of the Patuxent from Little Cove Point to Cedar Point.  Those lucky to have live spot are locating the fish on their sonar equipment and drifting the live bait.  The results are excellent.  Live eels will work and are still available at some bait shops. 

Cast netters can get peanut bunkers in the creeks where they are now in abundance and use them for bait on live line rigs.  These tiny alewives are candy to rockfish but are much more fragile than spot.  Most spot are coming from watermen specializing in their catch, and the supply is about exhausted until they return next year. 

Trollers and jiggers can catch rockfish in the bay, Patuxent, and Potomac.  Most everyone is doing well on the day or tide the fish decide to bite.  As the water cools, the fish can get picky about feeding.  If you find them in the mood, you must get a lure in the water.  If they choose to go lockjaw, you have to wait for another day or tide.

Perch will now retreat to the deep in the rivers.  They will bite on their schedule for bottom fishermen using bloodworms, squid, or shrimp in the 30-to-40-foot edges.  Jiggers using shad darts or small metal jigs tipped with bait can get dinner almost daily.

Catfish are prevalent in the upper regions of the rivers and are eager to hit lures and bait. 


Ken Lamb, The Tackle Box

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