Maryland Fishing Report

March 22nd, 2019

Welcome to spring folks! We’re excited to move into warmer weather and for fishing to pick up! We’ve had a bit of a warming trend over the last week and main bay water temps are now hovering in the mid 40º range. The majority of the tidal rivers and creeks are in the upper 40s to low 50s. Yellow Perch are pretty much done their spawn, White Perch are running now, the spring trout stocking continues and spring trophy season is just a short month away!

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Yellow Perch / White Perch

Jared the yellow ned monster slayer landed this beast in the Bush river this past week. Nice fish Jared!

The Yellow Perch spawn is all but over. We are seeing some smaller males being caught on a good outgoing tide but few and far between the white perch. They are spawning right now. You’ll catch a nice stringer full of white perch in nearly all of the tidal rivers in the area, moving back into the backs of the rivers and creeks. Fishing with shad darts tipped with live bait like grass shrimp, bloodworm, or small minnows. You can also fish a bottom rig with a light weight and the same bait. Small mylar jigs tipped with either live or artificial bait like Bust’em Stingers will do the trick. Light tackle is all you’ll need, using 2-6lb fluorocarbon or monofilament and a light tackle rod/reel.


We’ve seen an increase in the Shad and Herring being caught over the last week and this will continue for the next couple weeks while their spawn run continues. You’ll target these fish in pretty much the same places as you’d target Perch which is in the backs of the creeks/rivers anywhere around here. Some popular spots lately have been Beachwood Park on the Magothy and Greensboro and Tuckahoe Creek on the eastern shore.

Freshwater Fishing

Regular contributor Eric Packard landed some nice pickerel and largemouth bass this week! Nice fish Eric!

We’ve seen an uptick in catches over the last couple weeks. Good numbers of panfish, largemouth and pickerel are all being caught. Fishing low/slow is often your best bet this time of year, especially with live bait like minnows and worms on slip bobbers.

Many of the lakes and ponds on the eastern shore are producing good numbers of crappie, pickerel and largemouth. You can either fish bait under a float or use lures like swimbaits, spinner rigs, jigs or jerkbaits. Working your baits slow around structure is a good way to target freshwater species this time of year.

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