Fishermen in the upper bay that are fishing in the Susquehanna Flats Catch and Release fishery are starting to see the fishing action pick up as water temperatures start to hover around the 50-degree mark. Although bottom fishing with fresh cut herring continues to reap rewards; fishermen are now reporting they are catching fish on artificial lures such as soft plastic bodied jigs and crankbaits with more regularity. Nate Hawthorne was fishing with his dad this past Saturday on the flats when he caught and released this fine looking striped bass.
Fishermen throughout the bay south of Baltimore have been trolling along the shipping channel edges with the same gear they’ll be using for the April 19th opener and practicing catch and release on large striped bass. Large parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads either in tandem or behind an umbrella rig have been the rigs of choice; many of the fish are coming off the planer boards. The traditional steep edges of the shipping channel continue to be some of the better areas to check out at this time as they will on opening day. Sara Campbell certainly is happy to show this beautiful 44” striped bass to the camera before slipping it back into the Chesapeake. Sara was fishing with husband Saturday evening along the steep shipping channel edge between Poplar Island and Bloody Point Light.
Freshwater fishermen in Deep Creek Lake are enjoying good fishing at the moment for walleye and large yellow perch along deep water drop offs and good fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass at the mouths of coves and large northern pike are patrolling the shallower cove waters. As many fishermen know the Savage River Reservoir has been drawn down for dam repairs and is a puddle of its former self. Until repairs are complete and the reservoir is again filled; the Savage Reservoir Put and Take stockings are postponed until biologists get word on the re-filling of the reservoir.
Warmer water temperatures are causing largemouth bass to begin feeding aggressively in the many lakes, reservoirs and tidal rivers in the central, southern and eastern regions of the state. Crawfish seems to be the number one item on the menu for largemouth bass and in some selected areas such as Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs and the upper Potomac River; smallmouth bass as well. Michelle Mount of Linthicum was fishing with her husband this past weekend when she caught and released this nice smallmouth bass on the upper Potomac.
Freshwater fishermen have also been enjoying the annual spawning runs of white perch in many of the tidal rivers and creeks throughout Maryland. Channel catfish are biting in many of the tidal rivers and in the tidal Potomac fishermen are catching blue catfish in the Fort Washington area. Fishermen are also enjoying good fishing for a variety of other freshwater species such as bluegills, crappie, pike and chain pickerel as well.
John Williams of Pasadena was fishing at Loch Raven Reservoir this past weekend with his brother and a good friend for crappie when he hooked into a good fish. It turned out to be very large white perch; which his brother thought was quite noteworthy. John was thinking nice fillets as the perch lay in the ice chest with the crappie they had caught and only after his brother insisted he check the current state record did John agree that maybe he should contact the Fisheries Service and get it officially weighed. The certified weight of John’s white perch was 1.61 lbs breaking the 1.50 lb record set by Ross Galeanno in 2006 also at Loch Raven Reservoir.
Trout fishermen continue to enjoy good trout fishing in many of the stocked waters of the state. This can often be a great opportunity for parents to take children fishing since most stocked areas can be fished from shore and are often close to home. John Mullican sent in a short report about some children’s trout fishing opportunities in western Maryland and sent in a cute picture of sisters Mackenzie and Bailey Peperak with their catch of trout.
The youth fishing areas are great places to let kids learn to fish without competition from adults. All that's needed is a simple rig consisting of a small hook (#12), a very light spit shot, and some type of bait. The commercial baits work well because they cover the hook and prevent some snags, but most importantly, trout can't seem to resist them. Youth Fishing Areas can be found in Frederick (Carroll Creek), Keedysville (Little Antietam Creek), and Hancock (Little Tonoloway Creek).
Be sure to check out the stocking schedule to see current stockings of trout in waters near you. www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/stocking/springtroutstock.html
Fishermen in the Ocean City area continue to catch tautog at the Ocean City Inlet are. Surf fishermen have been entertaining themselves mostly with spiny dogfish and skates. The weather has been tough on the party boat fleet trying to get out to the wreck sites where tautog await them and also at the offshore sites where large sea bass and tilefish are present.
Quote of the Week:
"….no man is born an artist nor an angler. "
Izaak Walton 1653
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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