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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