KNAUSS

Record Observer - - SPORTS -

get bet­ter in the fol­low­ing weeks as post-spawn rock­fish exit the spawn­ing rivers and look for some­thing to eat be­fore head­ing out into the ocean.

Those wish­ing to fish the up­per bay for a chance at a large rock­fish are fo­cus­ing their ef­forts along the steep chan­nel edges of the ship­ping chan­nel south of the Brew­er­ton Chan­nel. One of the steep­est edges is off Pod­ick­ory Point and gets a lot of at­ten­tion from trollers. The chan­nel edges near Love Point to the Triple Buoys are also pop­u­lar.

In the mid­dle bay, there has been ac­tive spawn­ing in the Chop­tank and Nan­ti­coke rivers for more than a week. The fish are hun­gry and look­ing for large items to gain back their strength. Trolling spreads with a mix of white and char­treuse para­chutes and buck­tails dressed with 8- to 12-inch sassy shads trolled in tan­dem usu­ally are ef­fec­tive.

Far­ther south, the steep ship­ping chan­nel edges from the CP Buoy off Tay­lors Is­land south to be­low the HS Buoy and Buoy 72 will be good places to troll.

Cur­rent sur­face wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are about 54 de­grees, so most stripers will be found in the up­per re­gion of the wa­ter col­umn un­til boat traf­fic drives them deeper.

Fish­ing for white perch con­tin­ues to be pro­duc­tive in many of the re­gion’s tidal rivers. The perch are moving down the spawn­ing rivers and spread­ing out to­wards their usual sum­mer sea­son haunts.

There also has been good catch-and-re­lease ac­tion for hick­ory shad in the up­per Chop­tank and Marshy­hope. Crap­pie fish­ing is good in the tidal rivers and are of­ten found holding deep near fallen tree tops. Chan­nel cat­fish are bit­ing as well.

Large­mouth bass are pro­gress­ing through their pre-spawn phase and in some ar­eas are moving into the spawn­ing ar­eas. An­glers are re­minded that fish­ing for large­mouth bass in non-tidal waters is strictly catch-and-re­lease un­til June 15. * * * Duck blind know-it-all The Sy­nalpheus pink­floydi snap­ping shrimp, named af­ter the band Pink Floyd, kills its prey with the sound of an im­plod­ing bub­ble cre­ated by its claws. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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