Croakers are Here!
Croakers were caught this week by shore fisherman Thomas Campbell who fished off the TPS Pier on the Naval Air Station in the mouth of the Patuxent.
Campbell used both bloodworms and squid for bait and the croaker liked both. These fish were caught Saturday. The rainstorms began Sunday and have ruined most every day since, but the fish will be here when the sun comes out. There have been rumors of Spot being caught in the Patuxent.
Big stripers continue to be caught in the bay and Potomac. Many good fish were caught out of Solomons on Wednesday in the downpours we have endured all week.
As of May 16th, we can now keep two rockfish per day with the minimum 19- inches, and only one over 28-inches in Maryland waters.
The 19-inch minimum for Maryland waters was instituted hours before the May 16th changeover and comes with circle hooks being mandated for chumming and live-lining. The other hook mandates essentially eliminate treble hooks when bait fishing. This is to protect the Striped Bass from being damaged when being caught and released.
The Potomac minimum remains at 20-inches. Apparently, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission was not in coordination with Maryland DNR on the changes, and the 20-inch minimum will remain in the Potomac until a proposal is passed at the next PRFC meeting if they so choose.
Catfish and White Perch are active at Bushwood Wharf in the Wicomico off the Potomac. The catfish are a day and night time thing with plenty of blue and channel Cats in the 3 to 12-pound range hitting on cut alewife, the fresher the better. The Perch start about 7 pm and come in thick and fast with many doubleheaders in the 9 to 12-inch range.
White Perch are in the creeks looking for shedding crabs as a hearty meal.
Crabs are off to a slow start in the creeks. They are mostly small and poor, but another 10 days to two weeks will get them bigger and fatter.
Crappie, Bluegill, and Bass are in St. Mary's Lake eager to take bait or lures.