Image: Anglers Pro-Staff Employee Alex and his Dad Candelario had a great day of pickerel fishing in the Magothy river! They were using 1/4 oz jig heads with 3 inch plastics.

Pickerel: This year’s pickerel season has turned out to be exceptional! Pickerel are plentiful in the Magothy, Severn and Patapsco Rivers and well as Eastern Shore ponds such as Unicorn, Smithville, Urieville, and anywhere in Tuckahoe Creek or Weems Creek.  Our favorite way to catch them is with 1/8, 1/4 or 3/16 oz jig heads and 3-4 inch paddletails! A minnow under a bobber, or an X-Rap will also work well!

Perch: White perch can still be caught in deep water using metal jigs, but yellow perch are always the star of the show this time of year! Start looking for their numbers to increase in the upper parts of the rivers and creeks and in Eastern Shore ponds. Keep an eye on the Marshy Hope area and the Susquhanna near Perryville as numbers increase, moving towards spawn. Use a minnow on a bobber or small perch jigs with 1″ twister tails.

Crappie: There are plenty of Crappie in the Eastern Shore pond too! Use small perch jigs with twister tails, or a small mepps! Gulp works too!

Catfish: Blue catfish and channel catfish are prevalent in the main bay and can be caught chumming from a boat or from shore with cut bait! North of the bridge is especially good fishing for them this time of year.

Rockfish: The season is closed in the main bay (The Potomac is open til the 31st) but catch and release fishing is permitted. If you are looking for big fish to catch and release, your best bet will be the typical winter time spots like the Power Plant and the Gas Docks. You can also find fish in deeper water on channel ledges anyway from Chesapeake Beach south. More locally, the Patapsco can be a good winter spot as well. The fish hold close to the power plant discharges there, in more shallow water.

Snakehead: Snakehead fishing picked up this past weekend with the warmer weather! It may be cold now, but there are warmer days in the forecast which may give us the chance to catch them again! While there are snakehead all over in the Severn, Magothy and Patuxent, Blackwater will be your best bet for them this time of year, because the water temperature rises more quickly on those warmer days. Use live minnows or mepps spinners!