Summertime, Finally!

We have fish; we have crabs; we finally have summertime temperatures.

Spot have invaded our rivers, creeks, and the Bay all the way to the Bay Bridge. Good catches of spot have been made from the public fishing pier at Solomons Island, at Point Lookout, Piney Point in the Potomac, and most everywhere else. These summer visitors from the Atlantic ocean are small now, but they grow quickly and should be good eating size by the Fourth Of July. The spot love bloodworms, Fishbites, bits of shrimp, and squid.

Ian Webber landed this outsized 13 1/2 inch perch at Solomon's Island.

White perch are now in full summertime mode. I fished a favorite creek and found them schooled up in a favorite spot and got ten on an orange Beetle Spin on Saturday. There are some tiny redfish in the creeks. There were some huge perch entered in the Tackle Box Big Perch Contest this week. The largest so far was a 13 ½ inch monster from Solomons Island.

Perch take lures and bait in the rivers and creeks.

Robert Evans and his 12 1/2 inch white perch from Chaptico.

Rockfish have been very active in the shallows for lure casters and for trollers in the deeper holes in the rivers. Some schooled stripers were breaking in the bay near the PR Buoy in the mouth of the Patuxent late Sunday evening. Most of the rock are in the 22-to-24-inch range, just right.

A day of family fun like this is priceless.

Catfish are plentiful up the rivers. Speckled trout and slot redfish have been reported near Drum Point in the mouth of the Patuxent. Some chopper bluefish from three to ten pounds have made sporadic appearances. A bull red of 34 inches was reported off Cove Point. The spot run of this magnitude will make the bluefish and striper population abundant this season.

Largemouth bass love those red square lipped, chubby crank baits.

Tiny spot are everywhere.

Skate have been stirring up the bottom of Smith Creek seeking mano clams. No news of Cobia yet. The season begins June 15. The Tackle Box has live eels. Crabs are in full summertime mode. Catch 'em while you can.

Speckled trout are in all their summer haunts.

Ken Lamb with string of perch from last Saturday. Beetle Spins in local creek.

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