Image: Left: Nick Fiore caught this nice Crappie in an Eastern Shore Pond! Right: Anglers Pro-staff employee Alex caught this nice Yellow Perch at Beachwood Park on a Feather Jig!

Perch: We are all eagerly awaiting the Perch Run! It’s not here yet, but they are still around. Good numbers of White Perch and some Yellow Perch are being caught in shallow water at Beachwood Park, primarily on small feather jigs or minnows/gulp artificial minnows under a bobber. A pair of waders is a big plus when fishing Beachwood! The typical Eastern Shore Yellow Perch spots along the little Choptank and Tuckahoe Creek are still hit or miss, but there are yellow perch here and there along with bycatches like Pickerel, Crappie and Fall Fish. The best Eastern shore spot right now seems to be Hillsboro! Try a minnow on a 1/16 or 3/16 hot skirt, and drag it very slowly across the bottom. The key to fishing for yellow perch in cold water is a very slow retrieve with a very slow subtle action. We except that full spawn will happen once we get a few days of warmer weather in a row. We will keep you posted!! This Monday Feb 8th, begins our “Run to the Perch Run” week. We will be posting videos daily to show you our favorite spots and techniques, and will have in-store sales so that you can stock up on all of the gear that you need! Click here for details

Pickerel: The bite in the Magothy, Severn River and Patapsco River hasn’t slowed down in spite of snow and ice! As with perch, the key to cold water fishing for pickerel is a very slow retrieve. Use a 3-4″ paddletail on a a 1/8, 3/16 or 1/4 oz jig head, or a minnow under a bobber. A Rip-Stop is also a great lure to use in cold water. Work it through the water with a slight retrieve for a few seconds then stop. Repeat that action until is suspends right in front of a fish! See our pickerel fishing video for more details!