Welcome to Spring! We’ve received more snow in the last couple days than we did all winter, go figure… With the new season here, we are really gearing up for the opening of the Trophy Season and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Check out the seminar going on tomorrow here at Anglers, Spring Kayak Trolling & Jigging Seminar. We’ll cover all the gear and tackle needed to land some Trophy Rockfish!
The Yellow Perch spawn is all but over and we’re seeing lots more White Perch in the upper sections of the creeks and rivers. Because of the crazy cold and snow we’ve had recently, everything is moving a little slower.
You can expect to target Yellow Perch a little further downstream from where you’ve been finding them. They’re on the move back into deeper post-spawn holes as they exit the creeks and rivers. Expect to find more males as you get into shallower water.
To target these fish, look to use a 1/16th Perch Candy Jig tipped with either Grass Shrimp, Bloodworm or smaller Minnows. Bounce this tandem off the bottom near structure in transition points from 5′ to 25′ of water.
Preseason Trolling is picking up as Anglers look for large fish moving throughout the bay. As we get breaks in the weather, look to troll in 15′-45′ of water near the mouths of the rivers like the Patapsco, the Severn River, Upper Severn River and further south near Solomons.
Make sure you are following the rules as far as where you’re fishing and how many spreads you can have out during this time. Head over to DNR’s website to know before you go!
Light tackle jigging has been really pretty good over the last week or so. We’ve seen some real nice fish being caught in areas of the Severn and further south near Breezy Point. We’ve also seen some decent fish being caught near the power plant at Calvert Cliffs.
Trout stocking continues all over the state of Maryland. Garrett and Frederick counties got a few areas stocked this past week. For all the updates and more information about where they are stocking…check out the DNR Trout Stocking Page.
Flyfishing anglers are having success in put-and-take areas in Southern MD. Especially with a bead-head nymph.
You can also fish for them with live bait like wax worms, nightcrawlers or meal worms. Gulp Alive artificial bait also works really well tipped on little jigs fished under a float!
Pickerel are being caught in decent numbers recently. They do really well in colder water conditions and we’ve seen an uptick in their numbers with the weather we’ve had recently.
Smaller 3″-5″ swim baits in natural color with a 1/4oz-1/2oz jig head worked slow near the bottom has been successful. Smaller spoons tipped with minnows jigged off the bottom in 2′-4′ of water will also work well.
Some of the better spots have been tidal rivers like the Pocomoke, Magothy, and freshwater reservoirs.
In many of the area ponds, lakes and freshwater rivers/reservoirs Bass are starting to move out of their wintering holes. Slowly but surely we’re seeing big bass caught in these areas.
Look to use suspending jerkbaits, drop-shot softplastics like a Zoom trick-worm or even small spinnerbaits retrieved slowly near the bottom.
Target these fish deep on points and submerged structure on main points. The water temps will keep them close to the bottom and somewhat sluggish for at least another week or more. We expect this all to change in the next couple weeks.
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