The Chesapeake Bay is full of fish and crustaceans, but there are times of the year that are better for fishing (especially if you have a particular fish in mind), than others. There are many strategies to fishing and they range from determining when to go out and what’s biting. The important of a Cheapeake Bay fishing report is never to be underestimated, but equally important is knowing what season best suits the type of fish you enjoy fishing. All fish have a particular biology that makes them live and work the way they do. This information was not found overnight – it took several hundreds of years to observe – and even today their biology changes before our eyes.
A common fish in the Bay area is bass, but historically bass are predominantly active in the spring and early summer because the waters warm to temperatures that are perfect for spawning. It is also a part of bass’s biology that alerts their bodies when it is the right time to spawn, and for that matter where to spawn. Naturally an active time to fish for bass is in the spring and the summer because their body type is more conducive to the warmer waters. Crab fishing is a completely different story.
For crab fishermen – lobsters too because they share a lot of the same biological features – the winter and late fall is ideal. There are exorbitant amounts of crab and lobster in the Chesapeake throughout the year, but the fall and winter is the most ideal time to fish for them. The casual fisherman may not know of the importance of seasonal fishing, which is okay. But to fully maximize the fishing venture, focus seasonally on a catch you really want to catch.
The Chesapeake Bay is full of hundreds of species of fish so there is year ‘round fishing. Relying on the information from a Chesapeake Bay fishing report, though, will go a long way in determining success or failure. Fishing isn’t an exact science, which is why a fishing report works to the benefit of everybody. A good report, however, should focus on the fish or seafood that is most prevalent for that season. Consider the reasons why fishing tournaments in the Chesapeake Bay happen around certain times of the year.
Whichever way one likes to go, fishing is an activity that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people across the world and varies in age range. Whether professional or amateur, anglers will find enjoyment in their craft.