Upper Chesapeake Bay and Lower Susquehanna River
4/12/21 Lower Susquehanna River - Apologies for the lack of reports since February home projects have unfortunately kept me off the water but I'm happy to report that right on time for the really good fishing I about done! March - With the STRIPED BASS Catch and release season ending here April 1st there are not many big ROCKFISH reported being caught off tomes landing, Susquehanna Flats and Lapidum during the month of March. I say "reported" because there were definitely some large fish around and caught by Fishzooers despite the Conowingo Dam flow being at spill and high levels for much of the month. April - the usual spring HICKORY SHAD and WHITE PERCH fishing getting ramped up. We tried the usual early deep holes (30 feet) for WHITE PERCH last Thursday 4/8/21 using night crawlers and caught perch about every drop. Mostly small ones we did manage to get one that was about 10" won't be long and they will be hitting artificial in the shallows. HICKORY SHAD- over the weekend the Octoraro Creek was dotted with anglers catching a few here and there on flies, shad darts and small spoons. Haven't seen flat out every-cast-bite yet but it also won't be long. I saw a report that the hickory shad caught in the lower bay tribs were generally larger fish so we could get a run of those making there way up here. SNAKEHEADS - saw a report of 5 caught at the Conowingo Dam last week so there also starting to turn on in the lower Susquehanna River. If your willing to make the drive to Blackwater area of Hoopers Island Maryland... get all you an carry home SNAKEHEADS.
Blackwater area Snakeheads
2/15/21 Lower Susquehanna River - Not a whole lot to report for the lower Susquehanna River and surrounding Chesapeake Bay except Yellow Perch. Those who were able to endure numb fingers and toes were rewarded with good numbers of YPs the past few weeks. Fishzooers has the most success deep jigging with minnows although the downside for using minnows was playing keep-away from the channel cats. Fewer fish were caught on just artificial without tipping. Limits were achievable with a few fish in the 10-12 inch range.
1/13/21 Lower Susquehanna River - With the river finally cleaning up after the snow melt up north the heavy rains we got hit with last month, more Maryland anglers were able to get out on the water for the first weeks of 2021. The Yellow Perch are starting to bite jigging minnows, not much action on just artificial yet. Last week Maryland anglers mostly targeted blue catfish. For most it was slow getting bites which required moving around finding fish and offering bait. Even where there seemed to good numbers of fish on the sounder the bite was slower than it has been. Friday 1/8/21 - Fishzooers manage a 20lb and about a half dozen in the 5-10lb range. The fish seem to be spread out maybe due to warmer than usual water temps still in the high 30s. Most were caught in the 30-40' depths. Large fish have been reported. While most were caught on chicken it seems like the larger fish are favoring fresh cut bait like mud shad if you can find them.