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Fall Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

5 minutes read Oct 14,2019
Fall Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

Every angler has a dream to reel in the big one. But that's no easy task! One of the best ways to land a whopper is to know the fishing seasons. To make things easier, we're highlighting the benefits of fall fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

The autumnal angling season varies a bit, so we've split it into two parts. Read on to learn which time period is best for your fishing desires.

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Reel in a Prize During the Fall Fishing Season


In the Chesapeake Bay, water temperatures start dropping in October. This chill leads to a big shift in the rockfish, or striped bass. These feisty fish come out in swarms to gobble up the bait. With so many swimming around, you're all but guaranteed a good haul!

October has more than just rockfish, though. In this early stage of the fall fishing season, you'll also have a chance at bluefish and white perch. While not quite as common, these fish usually haven't yet encountered cold enough waters to push them out.

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The biggest prizes for fall fishing come in November and December. This time of year offers no guarantees, but provides plenty of chances to go big or go home. The resident fish are active and about, while the migratory fish are also in motion. That provides anglers with ample opportunity for a diverse selection of catches!

While some fish in November and December may be small, it's not uncommon to catch a 50 pounder. As far as the types of fish, you'll encounter plenty of striped bass. But there's also a chance of snagging bluefish, especially in November.

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Fishing Resorts on the Chesapeake Bay

Looking to stay by the bay? We have two great resorts on the Chesapeake Bay that are perfect for fishing. While the chillier weather restricts our resorts to the early fall fishing period, you can take advantage of the time to dodge the crowds and score some great October rockfish.

New Point RV Resort offers a full-service marina with boat slips and a boat ramp right on the water. Plus, you'll find a sandy beach, laser tag, archery, a camp and bait store, and more. Start planning your stay today at one of the spacious RV sites or cozy waterfront cottages.

Nestled on the tip of the island, Gwynn's Island RV Resort has a variety of RV and tent sites, plus comfortable cottages. A sandy beach provides easy water access for kayaks and canoes, plus there are plenty of family amenities to keep the kids entertained.

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