Hey guys, I'm relatively new to the area (we moved here last year) and am wondering if you could give me a few tips to finding some fish in the Severn.
I have a small 15' Lowe with a 25 HP outboard (doubles as my duck hunting boat) and spend some time looking over my shoulder if I'm fishing out in the main part of the river (due to all the larger boats flying around). I've done OK fishing in a couple "tidal ponds" off the main river - I've gotten a few pickerel, and a mix of white & yellow perch. Due to the amount of freeboard I have, I try to get into some quieter spots.
Are the white perch done spawning in the river yet? I went out this afternoon and didn't get into any whites. What type of areas do you guys fish for white perch? I certainly wouldn't ask for any secret spots to be revealed, I'm just wondering what to look for in general. Last summer I caught a ton of smaller perch, but had a hard time finding some with any size to them.
I guess overall, I'm just wondering how to pattern the adult white perch. Thanks in advance for any tips you could share.
Used to live in Herald Harbor and fished Valentine creek and the surrounding areas. I too had a small rig, and this area was ideal. On any given day you could catch white and yellow perch, pickeral, and rockfish. Concentrate on fallen trees, piers, rockpiles and such. At the time, I mainly used 1/8th oz. jigheads with a 3 or 4 inch white curly tail type grub. 1/8th oz. tiny traps also worked well. I imagine minnows would also be deadly.
I cought some nice perch last year at the point where Clements Creek meets the river. This is a bit South of Round Bay. There is a real nice drop of there, and that's where I caught the one that one the SRRKC tourney last fall. There is also a sweet drop off and grass bed across the river from the green #5. The ledge at green #5 is good too! Good luck and see you out there.
Thanks for the tips guys. I'm also in Arden on the Severn...right up the hill from the boat ramp.
I've definetly caught a wide range of fish right in Valentine creek. I remember one day, I caught a snapper blue and then followed that with a pumpkinseed (sunny)! I know there's a few pickerel running around Valentine...but I found one spot that is just jam packed with them. I fished it the first time last fall and it was about filled up with pickerel!
Also, maybe I'm crazy but I think the crabs taste better out of these tidal rivers than they do in the Bay (I grew up in Calvert Co.). I think the Bay crabs are saltier, but these are sweeter.
One interesting thing - Shad were spawning on the Severna Park side of the river today. Every now and then you'd see one race around and splash.
Fun stuff, I'm thrilled to live near the water again!
Welcome aboard! I too used to live in Crownsville on Whitneys landing when I first moved to Maryland some years ago.
There are a bunch of places I can give you for White Perch namely, the house right at the start of the "no wake" zone when you are heading upriver. It is the first no wake zone which starts at the boat ramp that is on the Severn in Arden. It is known as the "Sajak Compound" because it is rumored that Pat Sajak used to live there. It is the house with the big "circular" window. There are a few downed trees in the water and the perch there are pretty thick. The channel over at Sherwood Forrest is quite nice and the entire area of the shoreline of Sherwood Forrest is great as well. There are a million other places as well. Working all the areas is the key.
If you are more interested in what goes on in the river and you want to meet up with the folk who fish the river a LOT, click on the link in my signature for the Servern River Rod & Keg Club.