Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
Finally, "farewell" to February! Let's hope March comes in far tamer than a lion, and provides us with "lamb"-like weather sooner rather than later. Anglers braving the often windy and cold conditions of recent days have managed to catch some yellow perch, such as the huge Eastern Shore "bucket perch" shown in the photo. Other than a few yellow perch catches, reports have been few and far between. But fishing action, nd our fishing reports, should pick up very soon as the catch-and-release striped bass season on Susquehanna Flats is now open, and hopefully it won't be much longer until smaller malefish show up on the flats, hopefully followed closely by behemoth female stripers of 25, 35 and even 50 pounds and more!
Captain Richie Gaines at Angler’s Connection Guide Service recommends fishing the deeper channels around the flats, and 5 to 8 feet deep trenches on the flats, with Bass Kandy Delights and 6-inch Sassy Shads. For topwater action, especially during low-light conditions early in the mornings and late in the evenings, Richie will fish with the Stillwater Lures Smack-It or Smack It Jr. (Captain Richie Gaines at Angler’s Connection Guide Service; www.anglers-connection.com
Regulations while fishing the flats include that all striped bass must be released, the catch-and-release season continues until May 3, and fishing is allowed from Sandy Point and Turkey Point at the southern end of the flats up into the lower Susquehanna River downstream from Susquehanna State Park Boat Ramp in Lapidum, downstream from the Twin Rocks, and downstream from Tomes Wharf in Port Deposit. Bait fishermen are not allowed to use live eels and they must use circle hooks or J hook (less than ½-inch). Stinger hooks are not allowed. Trollers must use barbless hooks, and the maximum number of lines that can be trolled is six, regardless of the number of people on the boat.
If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to organize and update your tackle, and to provide your boat, motor and trailer with the pre-season preventative maintenance they need to carry you through a year of issue-free fishing.
What a truly impressive yellow perch photo! Tidal Fish subscriber Gerald, along with Linda and Joe, recently enjoyed a very productive wintertime trip on February 22. "Late start. Was going to the Susqy but Herb said he never got a bite there yesterday so we changed up and went back to the Sass." Very smart decision, obviously. In addition to the lunker perch that's practically as a big as a bucket, their catch included a mess of other nice perch. Gerald said they were fishing from a boat when they put together their great perch catch.
Fishing shows, flea markets, seminars:
We can spend the next several weeks loading up on fishing tackle, and fishing know-how, by attending the flea markets and informative seminars that will be held in the weeks ahead.
Learn From The Pros –
sponsored by Maryland Charter Boats
Saturday, March 9: Seminars begin at 8 a.m.
Annapolis Elk Lodge #622, 2517 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037
Seminars by charter captains on topics that include fishing for stripers, black drum, bluefish and Spanish mackerel.
Admission: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 410.535.1554
Tri-State Marine 2013 Fishing Seminars
Saturday, March 9: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tri-State Marine in Deale
Presentations by Captain Richie Gaines on Fishing the Chesapeake (light tackle and fly fishing, including baits, locations and presentation), and Captain Wayne Morgan on Trolling and Livelining for Stripers (where, when and how in the mid-bay.).
Catching Striped Bass with Captain Richie Gaines
Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD
Captain Richie will share his secrets for finding and catching striped bass on Chesapeake Bay. He will provide in-depth information on trolling, chumming, livelining and light-tackle jigging for stripers. Richie Gaines is a well-known light-tackle guide, former Maryland Sport Fishing Advisory Commissioner, and he has been featured in national fishing magazines and television shows. Admission: $54. Bring a bag lunch.
Call Anne Slater at 410.827.5810
, or email amslater@Chesapeake.edu
Maryland Eastern Shore Fishing Reports:
From Captain Walt on the Pocomoke:
Captain Walt is on the water on winter long. Not the bay, but the Pocomoke River. “It's been very cold and windy but we continue to do well on crappie, yellow perch and pickerel while fishing the sweetwater of the Pocomoke River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Thanks to the many bends and direction changes on the Pocomoke River, we've been able to set up out of the wind and in the sun to stretch ultralight tackle.” By “ultralight,” Walt means 4- to 6-pound gear, which provides incredible hard-fighting enjoyment. “So don't let ‘Old Man Winter’ limit your fishing to watching weekend fishing shows on TV. Stop watching other people fish and get out there and fish yourself!” In March, Captain Walt will move his operation to Havre de Grace where he’ll run trips for big striped bass on Susquehanna Flats. (Captain Walt at Light Tackle Charters; www.ltcharters.com