White Perch Eager for Bloodworms
Rockfish are in the Patuxent and Potomac in good numbers and size for lure casters using topwater poppers, bucktail jigs, sassy shads, and crankbaits.
There are good reports of Stripers in the 20 to 22-inch range (3 to 5 pounds) by shore fishermen casting lures at Hog Point and Fishing Point aboard the Naval Air Station in the mouth of the Patuxent. There was a report of a 35-inch Striper caught off the beach. Anglers buying lures this week told tales of Rockfish off the public fishing pier under the Solomons bridge, private piers along the shoreline on Solomons, and at the pilings under the bridge. On June 1st the entire river opens up to Rockfish harvest as well as all Maryland waters. We are permitted two per day with the minimum being 19 inches, and only one of the two can exceed 28 inches in length.
The Potomac is producing Stripers on both the Maryland and Virginia shores from St. Clements Island to Marker 9 near the entrance to the Coan River. This is a stretch of water ten miles long and the fish are now chasing baitfish and breaking the surface. Many prefer to troll and are using smaller lures on planer boards.
Catfish continue to be very active up the Wicomico tributary of the Potomac. Shore fishermen off Bushwood wharf are rewarded with Catfish and White Perch.
White Perch are in the creeks eager to take bits of bloodworm fished on the bottom with double hook bottom rigs. Lure casters are doing well now with beetle spins and rooster tails for Perch. The fish are in the Patuxent off Green Holly on the 30-foot edge.
Hardhead and spot should start biting now when the sun comes out and the rain diminishes.
Several anglers heading out to St. Mary's lake relayed that they caught Bream, Sunfish, and Crappie even in the rain last week on bits of night crawler suspended under a bobber.