It feeds on small crustaceans and worms. To catch pickerel, cast smaller soft plastics or small spinners toward the dark water along deeper shorelines and points. Well-adapted to living on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay, the winter flounder is a common find and popular catch during colder months. I think as conditions improve, there should still be some rockfish and perch in that area in the next couple of weeks. Females usually produce between 500,000 to 1.5 million eggs, which they deposit on sandy bottoms and algae mats at night. Seventy to 90 percent of the Atlantic striped bass population uses the bay to spawn, which occurs from April to early June. Flounder fishing is popular in the Chesapeake Bay area due to the great taste of the fish and excellent fight.