How to Catch Yellow Prech in the Susquehanna River in Maryland

With the first snow fall of the new year you might think that Maryland anglers are snuggling up to a crackling fire dreaming about the longer days and warmer weather of spring on Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay... NOPE!

YELLOW FEVER symptoms.... when it's below freezing and the snow is falling in January, you get this uncontrollable urge to get a fishing rod and head to the river. The only known cure is to put on the coveralls and freeze your butt off twitching for YPs.  Nothing like the feeling of an icy cold perch on hands that are already frost bitten. Sound like fun?... lets throw a 22 degree breeze in the mix and you have the recipe for a perfect day of Yellow Perch fishing in Maryland!

How to rig up for Yellow Perch?

While different anglers use different techniques and patterns. The most commonly used rig is a simple. A double dropper with a 2-3 oz bay sinker tied at the bottom and 2 hooks tied off about 8 and 15 inches from the sinker.  This should be rigged up on a length of fluorocarbon 8-10 lb.  Dress the hooks with a tube jig or small twister tales, gulps work great as well. Color - most any bright color will work as long as it's chartreuse and yellow or orange.

Where to fish for Yellow Perch?

Once the water reaches temps in the mid 30s, this will push the perch to deep holes where the water temps are more comfortable in the rivers. Owens Landing is a good spot since you can cast to 30-60 feet depth of water. If you have a boat with a depth finder you will usually see them collected at the bottom of these deep holes.

How to catch Yellow Perch?

This is the easy part, once you have located fish just cast or drop your rig to the bottom and start twitching the rig off the bottom slightly moving it up and down only a few inches. The bite will be very light with just a slight tick on the line. Set the hook and start reeling.

Are the Yellow Perch biting on the Susquehanna River yet?

Yes anglers are catching them at depths greater than 20' using the above technique. Most are dinks and neds (undersized fish) but a few keepers are mixed in. Usually as the water gets colder the fish start to get a little larger since more fish are collecting in smaller areas of deep water.