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 email@example.com