18, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge at 5464 Elks Lodge Road in Cambridge. Fishing, hunting (no firearms), and boating gear will be available at flea market prices. Vendor tables are $30. Admission is $3 per person; 12 and under are free. For more information, call Bob Geisler at 410-901-9711.
** * Fishing report Mild winter days are offering some fishing opportunities in the upper reaches of Chesapeake Bay rivers and creeks or lakes and ponds.
Anglers can find a mix of chain pickerel, yellow perch, and a scattering of white perch, crappie, and largemouth bass. The yellow perch in these protected and relatively shallower areas can be targeted from shore or small craft such as kayaks. This type of fishing is perfect for ultra-light spinning tackle.
A small streamer fly such as a Mickey Finn or similar pattern in purple, worked slow, is a great choice with a split shot or two about three feet in front. A minnow can also be fished this way when hooked through the lips. Small soft plastic jigs are also a good choice if fished slow and close to the bottom.
Yellow perch action has been spotty in tidal rivers such as the Choptank and the Nanticoke near Marshyhope Creek.
Chain pickerel love cold water and are very active this time of the year. The aquatic vegetation is down, which means pickerel will often be holding near sunken wood structure such as fallen tree tops. They are ambush predators and lash out at anything that comes by. Jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, spinners, and soft plastics will all get their attention. They often attack with abandon so try to be careful with treble hooks and have pliers handy. Torn and bloody gills are usually the kiss of death.
For boat anglers, the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm-water discharge always holds striped bass during these cold months. Drifting in the discharge wash and jigging with soft plastic or butterfly jigs is usually a good tactic for this catchand-release fishing.
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