In a region known for its rich marine life, fishing enthusiasts are experiencing a delightful surplus of fish species around Point Lookout and the Patuxent River. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel have recently invaded the middle grounds off Point Lookout, creating an exciting opportunity for anglers. Large schools of big bull redfish, also known as Red Drum, have been spotted cruising in the mud leads and the triangle areas, providing a thrilling spectacle for those lucky enough to witness them.
According to local reports, the presence of Bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the middle grounds off Point Lookout has increased fishing activity in the region. Planers and small spoons have proven effective tools for catching these species. The Targets and Cedar Point have also seen an influx of Bluefish, adding to the excitement for anglers in the area.
The big bull redfish have become a highlight for many as they move in large groups, sometimes numbering in the hundreds or even thousands. Sonar scans and visual observations have helped anglers pinpoint their location, but capturing them requires quick action, as the redfish are known to move swiftly. Experts recommend using jiggers and trollers to increase one’s chances of catching these impressive fish.
While the redfish have been stealing the show, there is no shortage of other exciting opportunities in the region. The Patuxent River is teeming with spot in astounding numbers. Anglers have successfully used various baits, including bloodworms, lug worms, nightcrawlers, squid, and shrimp, to attract these eager fish.
Furthermore, perch populations have flourished, providing additional entertainment for fishermen. These lively and tasty fish are willing to bite lures and baits, making them a popular target for anglers of all experience levels.
Crab lovers also have reasons to rejoice, as crabs have been reported in plentiful numbers and sizes. Local crabbers have caught these delectable crustaceans, a treat for seafood enthusiasts.
The excitement for fishing is expected to grow as rockfish season resumes in the bay on August first. Anglers are particularly enthusiastic about targeting rockfish in the shallows of the Patuxent River. The regulations set a minimum size of 19 inches and a maximum of 31 inches, with a daily catch limit of one per person.
For those fishing enthusiasts interested in the Potomac River, the striper season is set to resume on August 21, with a minimum size requirement of 20 inches and a maximum of 31 inches. Anglers can catch up to two stripers per day during this season.
In addition to the abundance of rockfish and stripers, anglers can also find slot reds and speckled trout in their favorite spots, adding even more variety to the fishing opportunities in the area.
For those who prefer freshwater fishing, St. Mary’s Lake has become a hotspot for catching largemouth bass and pickerel. Reports indicate excellent numbers of these species being caught, promising an enjoyable day for any angler seeking a freshwater adventure.
Overall, the current fishing conditions are nothing short of fantastic in Point Lookout and the Patuxent River. The diverse array of fish species and the plentiful numbers ensure that anglers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy an exciting day on the water. With the abundant marine life and the beautiful surroundings, it’s no wonder that local fishing enthusiasts are feeling optimistic and exclaiming, “Life is good!”
Ken Lamb of the St. Mary’s Tacklebox provided information for this article.