KNAUSS

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days, mostly along the edges of the ship­ping chan­nel. The ac­tion has been good on the west­ern side of the bay from Thomas Point south to be­low the power plant. The fish tend to be sus­pended along the 35-foot edge of the chan­nel and at times are push­ing bait in the form of bay an­chovies to the sur­face and cre­at­ing some fun top­wa­ter ac­tion.

Black drum have showed

up on time at Stone Rock and the Sharp’s Is­land Flats and more than a few an­glers got into the ac­tion. A sturdy con­ven­tional rod set up with a large cir­cle hook with a whole or half of a soft crab held to the hook with a rub­ber band will work.

The shal­low wa­ter fish­ery for striped bass in the mid­dle bay re­gion has been of­fer­ing some ex­cit­ing fish­ing in the early morn­ing and evening hours. There is a mix of sub-le­gal and striped bass in the 22- to 26-inch size range mov­ing about in shal­lower ar­eas

near prom­i­nent points, sub­merged break­wa­ters, and shore­line struc­ture. Top­wa­ter lures such as pop­pers are a fun way to fish for them. Far­ther south, on our side of the bay, speck­led trout are be­ing caught de­spite some chilly weather, and when the sun breaks out and warmer tem­per­a­tures pre­vail, this fish­ery should re­ally kick into gear.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to be good in most of the mid­dle and lower bay ti­dal rivers and creeks. Some of the best catches are com­ing from

shal­low wa­ter.

Large­mouth bass are of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in small ponds, larger im­pound­ments, and ti­dal rivers through­out the state. The bass are in a post-spawn mode of ac­tiv­ity, and with wa­ter tem­per­a­tures rel­a­tively cool, the bass are in an ac­tive feed­ing mood. The shal­lowwa­ter morn­ing bite has been last­ing longer into mid-morn­ing and start­ing ear­lier in the evenings due to over­cast weather and cool wa­ter tem­per­a­tures.

Tar­get­ing shal­low grass is a num­ber one tac­tic

dur­ing these times with top­wa­ter baits. North­ern snake­heads can be part of the event when fish­ing top­wa­ter lures in many of our ti­dal rivers. Stick worms and soft plas­tics are good baits to use if you want to get down through the grass or along the edges, both should be whacky rigged.

On the coast, floun­der are be­ing caught in the chan­nels near the in­let and even a few speck­led trout. Smaller blue­fish are ex­pected to be around now and a cou­ple of black drum have been re­ported in the back bay chan­nels.

An­glers fish­ing the wreck and reef sites close to shore have found very good sea bass fish­ing. Off­shore an­glers have re­turned with a mix of dol­phin-fish and big­eye and yel­lowfin tuna.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all The largest num­bers of spawn­ing horse­shoe crabs in the Ch­e­sa­peake are usu­ally on or around the full moon, which next takes place June 9, which is also the small­est full moon of the year. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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