Types of Saltwater Fish Found in Maryland
The state of Maryland is world-renowned for some of the best saltwater fishing, especially in the mid-Atlantic. Many fishermen from newbies to experts come to Maryland to enjoy saltwater fishing. A majority of the state’s most popular saltwater fishing spots include several locations along the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna River down to the Virginia State line.
There are also several tidal rivers that are home to a large variety of saltwater fish species. Further up north in areas like Ocean City, you can access the Atlantic Ocean and the Assateague Bay is popular. Surf fishing is very popular on Assateague Island.
There are several opportunities for saltwater fishing from boat to dock and from the surf to the pier. You can charter a boat, rent a boat, or find several different marinas and ramps to drop your own boat in the water.
Types of Saltwater Fish You Can Expect to See in Maryland
Saltwater Fish Found in the Chesapeake Bay
- American Eel
- Atlantic Spadefish
- Black Drum
- Black Sea Bass
- Spanish Mackerel
- Spotted Seatrout
- Striped Bass
- Summer Flounder
- White Perch
- Yellow Perch
- Largemouth Bass
- Red Drum
To see pictures of each of these fish and learn about the fish that you can find along the Atlantic Ocean coast and the Nontidal waters of Maryland you can go to this link: https://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/fish-identification/
The most popular saltwater fish to catch in southern Maryland is the striped bass which many people refer to as a rockfish. This distinct fish has a large gaping bucket of a mouth and distinctive stripes. It is the official state fish of Maryland and also the state saltwater fish of Virginia. The rockfish can put up a hard fight on hook and line and has a great flaky texture and slightly stronger flavor than mild fish but not too strong to be considered fishy by those who are not seafood lovers.
Some great fishing spots on the Chesapeake Bay
If you are just beginning or have just moved to Maryland you may be wondering where the best fishing spots for saltwater fish are on the Chesapeake Bay. The great news is that there are several amazing spots to choose from, one of the favorites of South Maryland residents is to purchase a home with a dock on the bay or become friends with a homeowner that has a dock on the bay.
For public fishing areas, some great spots are the piers at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park, Rocky Point Beach and Park, Kings Landing Park, and the beaches of Sandy Point State Park, Chapel Point State Park, and Fort Smallwood Park.
If you are just beginning using the most popular fishing spots can earn you the benefit of being able to ask more experienced fishermen for some tips on bait and the best times to fish as well as their favorite spots. You will find that Maryland residents who fish are more than happy to give out some advice and lend a hand to beginners.
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