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kicks off April 15. Stripers are cur­rently mov­ing up the Ch­e­sa­peake and into spawn­ing tidal rivers: the Po­tomac, Patux­ent, Nan­ti­coke, Chop­tank, and Susque­hanna. De­spite the un­usu­ally warm weather in Fe­bru­ary, Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources bi­ol­o­gists say ever ything looks on track for a nor­mal midApril spawn.

Catch-and-re­lease light­tackle jig­ging at the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant warmwa­ter dis­charge con­tin­ues to draw an­glers as rock­fish nose into that warm wa­ter to gain some re­lief from colder wa­ter. An­glers have also been catch­ing a few speck­led trout and small red drum in the dis­charge.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in

many of the ponds, lakes, and tidal wa­ters where large­mouth bass can be found, are warm­ing up, and fish are be­com­ing more ac­tive. Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have reached 50 de­grees in some ar­eas. Lures such as spin­ner­baits will cover a lot of wa­ter near sunken struc­ture or chan­nel edges. Crankbaits can also be a good choice when work­ing tran­si­tion ar­eas in slightly deeper wa­ters. Crap­pie are hold­ing near struc­ture and small jigs or min­nows un­der a slip bob­ber are a great way to tar­get them. Bluegills can be caught on small flies, jigs, or a sim­ple bob­ber worm combo.

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