Thursday, March 14, 2013

The fishing has its ups and downs from the ocean to the rivers

The word from my Southern Maryland colleague Jim Kundreskas is that the word “dismal” best describes this year's yellow perch spawning run for the entire Potomac River watershed. White perch are just beginning to show up at Allen's Fresh on Route 234, in Charles County, Md., as well as the upper tidal Patuxent River above Hills Bridge.

Mike and Noah Tomsaic of California, Md., with catfish
However, the catfish catches in the upper tidal Potomac aren't dismal. Have a look at the blue catfish caught by Mike and Noah Tomsaic in the Potomac River. By the way those dark and shiny holes in the middle of their heads are sunglasses, which do not make for great pictures, but the fish look very good, indeed.

Down in south-central Virginia, Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Reservoir)  has delivered crappies on live minnows and bass on various lures, ranging from jig'n'pigs and curly-tailed Gulp grubs to deep-running crankbaits and slow-rolled spinnerbaits at the points of creek entrances and around waterlogged brush. Its neighbor, Lake Gaston, is also delivering bass bites on virtually the same lures.

In saltwater, Dr. Ken Neill delivers the latest Virginia Beach area  fishing report. “Another week and yet again, the weather is the main fish story. The latest blow even managed to put a pause in what has been a very good tautog bite on the coastal wrecks. That bite should pick right back up once the water clears a bit,” he says. “The Tower Reef and Triangle Wrecks have been producing quality tautogs. Anglers are ready to fish structures inside the bay. Expect the bay tautog bite to be slow until water temperatures rise a few more degrees. By the end of this month, it should be going strong.”

Dr. Ken also mentions that flounder are another springtime favorite that anglers are anxious to fish for. “A couple of our retired club members work part-time at one of the fish houses,” he says. “They are seeing some impressive flounder brought in by the dragging fleet. One fish was 38 inches long and weighed 25 pounds. It will still be a few weeks before we will start to pick up some flounder in the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore.”

Speckled trout, by the way, continue to provide good action in the Elizabeth River this week and anyone who wants to fish somewhere besides the heavy saltwater could go up into the James River and hook blue catfish.

1 comment:

  1. Gene, no kidding about those blue cats, they are getting bigger and increasing their numbers every year!

    Even the Anocostia has blown up with the big cats!

    Scott S.