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Top Maryland Bass (Striped) Fishing Destinations

Top Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters in Maryland

Bass (Striped)

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

Bass (Striped) Fishing in Maryland

When they mention Rockfish charters, Maryland anglers are referring to Striped Bass, which is always known to confuse those coming from the West Coast. Now that we’re clear on what’s what, we can focus on displaying the majesty that is Striped Bass fishing in Maryland! Make no mistake, these people love their Rockfish. So much so that they named a town after it — Rock Hall. After all, Rockfish is Maryland's official state fish!

Where to Catch Rockfish in Maryland?

Thanks to being present in both saltwater and freshwater grounds, Rockfish can be found all over the Free State. Considering the fact that near a quarter of Maryland is actually made up of water, that’s quite a lot of ground to cover.

Chesapeake Bay

Of all the fishing spots in Maryland, Chesapeake Bay takes the cake for sheer size alone. Having the biggest estuary in the US ripe for exploring all year long is a big point of pride among local anglers. During the big spring and fall peak seasons, you can troll its waters for the biggest trophy Rockfish around.

The important thing to remember about the Bay is that you can’t find a single spot with amazing fishing year round. For the best results, you should visit different areas during different seasons. In spring and fall these tend to be places like Hooper Island, Point Lookout, and the upper reaches near Elk River. When it gets hot in the summer, try your luck near Taylor’s and Kent Islands.

Potomac River

The lower half of the Potomac River is much better suited for Striper anglers than its upper counterpart. The rule of thumb is to stay south of the Route 301 bridge, and you’ll get some rod-bending action going in no time. You can also find Rockfish closer to DC, but it’s less common and subject to strict bag limits and regulations.

Susquehanna River

Some of the best freshwater Striper fishing is had in the part of the Susquehanna River that lies between Chesapeake Bay and the Conowingo Dam. This river is extremely popular with anglers who like to cast from the shoreline, as well as waders. If you decide you want to try out the wading action, please bear in mind that felt-soled waders are prohibited. Stick with rubber ones during your visit to Maryland.

What to Bring

You’ll need to decide whether you want to go after Rockfish in saltwater or freshwater grounds before you start packing. Freshwater anglers will need to buy a freshwater fishing license, while saltwater charter captains have that covered for you if you go on a trip with them.

When it comes to gear, every angler has their own way of going after Rockfish, as is the case for any great gamefish. However, trolling continues to give the best results to trips focused on trophy Rockfish. In general, Maryland Rockfish can range anywhere from 18’’ to 50’’ in size. Trolling is not as represented during summertime because the fish found rarely go over 28’’.

Unsurprisingly, live lining is the other popular technique for going after Stripers. Anglers in Chesapeake Bay in particular are fond of using Spot fish because Rockfish will be on them with a vengeance.

When to Go

Fact of the matter is, there will always be plenty of Rockfish somewhere in Maryland. You just need to make sure you’re going to the right place at the right time. If you want to keep the fish you catch, steer clear of the inner DC area. Likewise, catch and release is mandatory during the first 12-14 weeks in the Chesapeake Bay area. Check the latest regulations before you pick a location, and enjoy the experience that only one of the best Striper fisheries in the US can provide.

Bass (Striped)

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

Maryland Bass (Striped) Fishing Seasons

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Bass (Striped) fishing in Maryland is highly variable throughout the year. High season is April to May and November to December. Closed season is January to March.

What People Are Saying About Bass (Striped) Fishing in Maryland

"Full Day with Captain Charlie"

Jeffrey Beavin fished with CB Charters on July 16, 2019

As one can see in the picture, we had a great day. We caught our limit of Striped Bass by 7::30 AM. Then we moved south, and caught about 40+ Perch. Great meal that night. Captain Charlie provided the rods and bait. He went around helping us take the fish off, re-baiting, fixing line tangles and anything else needed. Great boat, captain, trip and day. Well worth it!!! JB

"3 hour trip - Please do yourself a favor and BOOK!!!"

Chuck Morgan fished with Saltwater Adventures, LLC. on August 6, 2018

Captain Tony was AWESOME!!!!! Caught our first fish within 5 minutes!! Highly recommend. We even caught a 30 pound stingray! 3 hour trip we caught 19 fish including a 25 lb Striped Bass which was a keeper. I fried two filets from our trip today and the flavor was mild and delicious!!! Please book this trip!!

"Half Day Fishinh Trip with Captain Joe"

Antonio Barros fished with Sporting Wood Charters on June 17, 2018

Captain Joe and his crew were the best. We caught 17 Striped Bass keepers. In 45 years of fishing, my fishing experience with Captain Joe was hands down the best and most memorable.
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