It’s getting repetitive, but yet more windy and cold weather has prevented water temperatures from rising significantly and has kept fishing action on the slow side. There have been only a few decent days occasionally mixed in with the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been experiencing. Despite blustery conditions, some fish have been caught, including a lunker largemouth of 6 pounds, 6 ounces in Horseys Pond, and also crappie, white perch, some rockfish and a few tog. When this was written on April 3 the weather forecast was calling for improved weather in the days ahead. Let’s hope so! Trout fishermen will be out in full force in northern Delaware on Saturday for Delaware’s opening day of trout season.
(Photo caption: striped bass action in the Delaware River and Delaware Bay will get better very soon as improved weather conditions and warmer water will put stripers on the feed. Anglers on the Nanticoke River in southern Delaware have been enjoying catch-and-release striped bass action for several weeks already.)
Delaware Fishing News and Reports:
Reports from Eastern Marine in Newark:
Relentless and cold wind along with slow fishing were reported by Mike Bowen at Eastern Marine. Only a very few smaller 17- to 22-inch male striped bass were caught in a recent tournament on the Delaware River; Mike heard that not a single larger female fish was reported. Mike believes there are striped bass in their normal haunts in the river, but below normal water temperatures have made the fish inactive. When I spoke with Mike this week the forecast was calling for warmer weather, but Mike said he hoped the warm-up was gradual. His concern is that a rapid increase in air and water temperature could cause big female striped bass in the Delaware River to suddenly spawn without giving anglers much of a shot at them. White perch fishing has been getting better. Mike caught some perch to 11 inches at Reed Point recently. On the Susquehanna Flats in Maryland, Mike said only a few striped bass have been reported so far (mostly near Turkey Point) as anglers continue to wait for warmer water (50 to 52 degrees) and a better bite. Mike had received word of a couple of nicer stripers caught recently on frozen herring fished in the lower Susquehanna River. Saturday (April 6) is the opening day of trout season in Delaware. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)
Reports from Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes:
White perch, catfish and tog highlight the report from Bill’s. White perch action has been reported at Round Pole Bridge, the old Route 1 Bridge, the spillway in Milton, in the Broadkill and in Petersfield Ditch. Baits that have triggered strikes include bloodworms, night crawlers, grass shrimp and minnows. According to Bill’s, “Catfish are being caught at 13 Curves Bridge on chicken and night crawlers.” On the tog scene, “Rob Cox, Louie Sartori and ‘Uncle Eddie’ went to the Washingtonian wreck and caught 31 tog, with only three being keepers. The water temperature was 44.3 degrees.” A few tog have also been reported at artificial reef site 10. There’s been some freshwater action with largemouth bass, bluegills and pickerel hooked in Sussex County ponds.
Fishing information from Taylored Tackle in Seaford:
A big bass was brought to the scales at Taylored. Jimmy Hitchens caught the dandy 6-pound, 6-ounce largemouth in Horseys Pond on a big shiner, or “millroach” as they are known by anglers in southern Delaware. White perch have been biting in the Nanticoke River. Jerry at Taylored Tackle reported an outstanding run of 16- to 22-inch rockfish in the Nanticoke. Anglers fishing from the bank at Phillips Landing have caught strong numbers of rockfish on bloodworms. All stripers now must be released regardless of size. Crappie fishermen have been enjoying action at Records Pond, and in the spillway in Seaford near the hospital. Shiners have been the top crappie bait. (Taylored Tackle: 302.629.9017)
Fishing shows, flea markets, seminars:
Bill's Sport Shop Flea Market – April 6. Bill’s Sport Shop in Lewes is inviting anglers to participate in and/or attend its annual flea market, to be held on Saturday, April 6, rain or shine. Reps from Eagle Claw, Aquaclear, Maw's Tails, Daiwa, Star Rods, Old Salt Offshore Gear, Delaware Paddlesports, Striper King Gear and others will be in attendance. Bill's said the flea market is for anglers to exhibit and sell their fishing tackle and gear, "there is no charge to set up for the flea market, use only one space in our parking lot so we have enough room for customers and other anglers. The flea market is not for dealers." Call Bill's at 302.645.7654.
Boatyard Bar & Grill 2013 Rockfish Tournament (catch and release)
Saturday, April 30
30th Annual Championship on the Chesapeake
410.255.5535 / www.mssa.net/thechampionship
32nd Annual Rod ‘n Reel Captain’s Association Pro-Am Sportfishing Tournament
1-800-233-2080 / www.rodnreeltournament.com