The 2019 Chesapeake Bay Fishing Season begins on April 20, 2019.
Striped Bass (Rockfish) Trophy Season is April 20 thru May 15.
Trophy season Creel limit is 1 per angler, minimum size 35 inches.
Regular season rules begin May 16 thru Dec 15th, 2019.
Regular season creel is 2 per angler, minimum size 19 inches.
Creel and size limits vary for other species, check DNR's website for Official regulations.
Approximately 350 different species of fish call the Chesapeake Bay their home - with some swimming into the Bay from the ocean to feed, and others making it their full-time home. Favorite (and tastiest) species among the fishing community include:
Striped Bass (locally known as "Rockfish" or "Striper") - Offically "Maryland's State Fish" and with a lifespan of up to 30 years, these guys are prevalent in the Bay and can weigh up to 60 lbs!
Bluefish - Those found in the Bay generally grow up to 30 inches long.
Spanish Mackerel - Migrating from Florida to the Bay in mid-summer (late July), these guys can grow up to 2 feet long.
Summer Flounder - Usually grows between 15 and 22 inches long. Females are larger than males.
Atlantic Croaker - Bottom feeders, and great eating, the Atlantic Croaker grows between 14 and 20 inches.
Spot - A member of the drum family (as well as the croaker), spot are also bottom feeders, and great bait for striped bass.
Perch - Relatives of the striped bass, grows up to 12 inches long, and popular recreational catches.
We do several different kinds of fishing. We troll, jig, bottom fish, live bait fish and sometimes, when we’re desperate beyond words, we chum. The method we use is determined primarily by the fish and what’s best to catch them. When you book your trip, tell us if you prefer a certain method and we’ll tell you the best time of year to have the best shot at being able to catch fish your favorite way. In the end though, we just try to put fish in the boat any way we can.