striped bass in the areas around the Triple Buoys, the Love Point channel edges, and Podickor y Point. In the middle bay region, fishing success for trophy rockfish is gaining momentum as more post-spawn fish exit the spawning rivers and ply the shipping channel edges. One 50-inch fish was brought back to the docks in Oxford.
Steep channel edges have been where the action is, and a mix of chartreuse or white parachutes and bucktails dressed with large sassy shads have been the winning spread. Most anglers are trolling tandem rigged baits, but an umbrella rig here and there in a trolling spread is not something to be overlooked. Large spoons are another good option.
Water temperatures in the spawning rivers are in the mid-60s. Nearly all of the spawning is on the Eastern Shore.
Fishing for hickory shad on the upper Choptank River from Greensboro to Red Bridges has been ver y good. The upper Marshyhope near Federalsburg has also been good for hickory shad catch-andrelease fishing.
Tidal rivers are providing white perch fishing that will carry on through the fall months, and fishing for channel catfish continues to be productive and a fun type of relaxing fishing.
On the freshwater scene, crappie fishing continues to be very good as they hold to deep structure. Small minnows under a slip bobber or small soft plastic crappie jigs do the trick. Largemouth bass (catch and release until June 15 for non-tidal) will respond to shallow water baits this time of the year.
The fishing at Ocean City has been exciting for those at the inlet, surf, and just off the beaches as a horde of northerly migrating bluefish descended upon the region. They are being caught in the surf on bottom rigs baited with finger mullet or menhaden baits. Surf anglers are also catching short striped bass and some medium-sized black drum. *** Duck blind know-it-all Spadefoot toads smell like peanut butter. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at firstname.lastname@example.org