Red drum, cobia, speckled trout, and Spanish mackerel are being reported as far north as Man O’ War Shoals, which is just outside the Patapsco River near Baltimore. Speckled trout have been reported inside Hodges Bar near Rock Hall.
The influx of cobia, red drum and, and trout further north has been driven in large part by higher salinity due to lack of rain in combination with high water temperatures.
Reports from New Jersey and Delaware waters are another signal that gamefish may be expanding their range northward.
While rockfish are under scrutiny, gamefish reports in northern waters indicate that the fishery is relatively robust. With numbers and biomass increasing, it is a natural tendency to seek out more food in new waters.