The recreational season for rockfish has been extended through Nov. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources, and until the cold snap this week, it seemed it might take that long for bay water temperatures to cool and for stripers to start to school.
However, cold nights are dropping the water temperature quickly and rockfish action should be improving.
In the Chesapeake Bay above the bay bridges, good choices for rockfish are holes and humps at the following locations: Poole's Island, Craihill Light, Snake Reef, Tea Kettle Shoals, Worton Point, Love Point, 7-Foot Knoll and the Dumping Grounds.
The lower bay has been red hot from the Virginia line to Barren Island.
From Hooper Island Light to Richland has been especially good for 5- to 8- pounders on trolled hoses or dressed bucktails.
Stripers and bluefish in the surf and stripers, blues and flounder at the Route 50 bridge. Tuna and longfin albacore still being taken at Washington Canyon.