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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – March 16th, 2018

Seminar Update

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Fishing Report – March 16th

Perch

It’s in full swing now! The Yellow Perch are in the throws of their spawn and can be found in many of the local creeks/rivers. The majority of the fish being caught are spawned out males, with a few larger females being caught. We’ve seen some that haven’t spawned yet but the majority have and are working their way back to deeper water.

Top & Bottom rigs with Grass Shrimp, Bloodworms, Nightcrawlers or Minnows will all work for catching Perch. You can also catch them with Shad Darts tipped with either Minnows or Grass Shrimp and bounced off the bottom near structure in shallower water.

We’re thinking we have about another solid week of Yellow Perch fishing in this general area and we’ll start to see them thin out. The White Perch are running thick now as well. You can use pretty much the same baits as you would to target Yellow Perch.

Andrew Meyers & Family were fishing in their creek (Old Man Creek) this past week and caught some decent Yellow Perch with night crawlers on bottom rigs!

Pre-Season Rockfish

Not a whole lot new as far as Rockfish are concerned this week. We have had some reports of anglers catching decent sized fish from shore in some of the local rivers. Jigs with larger soft plastic trailers worked slowly near the bottom with a steady retrieve and a few light pops jigging action seemed to do the trick.

Some of the hotter spots this week were the mouths of the rivers like the Magothy, Severn and Chester. The majority of the fish were caught in less than 15′ of water early in the morning with water temps in the low to mid 40º range.

Steve Salanik Jr. has been busy the past couple weeks…he’s landed some nice fish from shore jigging in the Severn River! Nice work Steve!

Anglers pre-season trolling in this area (From Sandy Point up to the Patapsco) along the channel edges have picked up a few fish but nothing major. Most fish caught are in the 20″-30″ range.

Make sure you’re catch & releasing as well as fishing in the right areas. To make sure you’re in the right area, check out the new Maryland DNR regulation map here.

Largemouth Bass & Other Freshwater Species

The majority of Largemouth Bass are being caught on slow moving baits near the bottom in deeper water. With windy, colder conditions lately, anglers are finding these fish suspended near structure.

Your best bet to hook up with some Bass is to fish live bait like minnows or worms on either a drop shot or Carolina rig.

Slow moving swim baits worked near the bottom may also entice some Bass to bite in this cooler weather.

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