Image: Left: Anglers Employees have been doing a lot of winter fishing! Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass fishing is outstanding right now! Right: LJ, the creator of G-Eye Jigs switched it up and did some bait fishing! He caught a few nice catfish on fresh alewife!

Trout: Freshwater trout stocking is in full swing! Click here to see what areas have been stocked by DNR! Powerbait trout dough is an excellent bait to use. Rig a small leadered treble hook (size 12 or 14) with a small egg sinker, and mold a ball of the power bait around the hook. Cast it out, and wait! While you are waiting, you can use a second rod to cast a small spinner. Mepps size 0-3 are perfect! After the trout are stocked, it’s typically best to wait a day or two before trying to fish for them, because it takes some time for them to acclimate.

Panfish: The spring Yellow Perch run isn’t here yet, but there are still some being caught in tidal creeks and ponds. Minnows, either under a bobber or on a small jig head, shad dart or feather jig, are a fantastic bait. Crappie and Bluegill are also fun to catch when fishing these tidal waters!

Pickerel: Pickerel still seem to the most popular fish to target in our area! They are in all of the rivers, especially the Magothy, the Severn and the Patuxent. Eastern Shore ponds such as Johnson and Smithville are also still productive. A big minnow is the best way to catch a big pickerel! Remember that we have minnows from the Bait Boyz. A 4 inch paddle tail on a 3/16 or 1/4 oz jig head is also a good tactic!

Bass: During the winter months, you can catch large mouth bass in ponds and even in tidal creeks. Casting and slowly retrieving a large swim bait along the bottom is the way to do it! You can even catch small mouth bass in our local area by fishing the little Patuxent! Use a finesse jig head with a Z-man finsees TRD. The ned rig is the way to do!