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January can be cold and wild on the waters around Annapolis. Brave the weather, though, and you can enjoy peak Tautog season. These friendly-looking fish are one of the tastiest in the bay.
It can seem too cold to catch fish in the depths of February. Luckily, there’s plenty of great eating during Annapolis Restaurant Week, where local fooderies offer delicious meals at bargain prices.
Black Seabass are usually back in season in March, combining with Tautog and Flounder to give you awesome food fishing. In the rivers, freshwater fishers will find Carp and Perch waiting.
If you enjoy competitive angling, you won’t find better than the Annapolis Rockfishing Tournament. This fun charity event draws anglers from across the bay as Stripers come into season.
Head out onto the water to target Rockfish, Redfish, Bluefish, and Blackfish, as well as a few Spadefish. Afterwards, visit the Annapolis Maritime Festival to learn about the area’s nautical history.
June is one of the best months of the year for Annapolis fishing. The shallows are awash with tasty Trout and big bull Redfish, while further out Sheepshead, Tautog, and Cobia haunt the rock piles.
July is all about big brutes in little water here in Annapolis. Bull Sharks make their way into the shallows just as the Tarpon roll into town. If you’re a fan of heavy tackle, this is the time for you.
Annapolis earns the nickname of “Crabtown” in August with the kick-off of the annual Crab Feast. This all-you-can-eat event sees crowds go through an incredible amount of tasty Crustaceans.
Black Seabass are back on the Menu in September, joining a wide range of tasty inshore species. Don’t get so caught up in the fishing that you miss the Labor Day Parade, though!
October marks the Annapolis boat show (or the United States Sailboat and Powerboat Show, to give it its proper name). This is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, and well worth a visit.
Tautog are back in season just as Seabass gets taken off the menu. Annapolis fishing seasons are kind like that. You’ll also find Trout, Flounder, and Striped Bass, making for a real Thanksgiving feast.
Enjoy a range of seasonal events such as the Annapolis Boat Parade of Lights and the New Year’s Eve City Celebration & Fireworks. It may barely scrape 50 degrees, but that doesn’t dampen spirits!