Marcial Amigo, Recreational Angler
- Edgewater, Maryland
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Posted on November 26, 2012 | Permalink
Annapolis Pickerel in November
Location: Annapolis Creek
On Saturday morning on a hunch and curiosity— I headed for my favorite pickerel hole in downtown Annapolis. I wasn't expecting much in mid November but was curious to see if anything was still in the creeks. I started casting in a spot that was productive all summer— a shallow, rocky and grassy area just 25 to 30 feet from shore. With a slow and fast retrieve of a rooster tail spinner bait, the first of 4 pickerel took the lure. On micro tackle these guys felt like little muskies— thrashing and jumping several times clear out of the water. In a about a half an hour I had landed 4 pickerel. They were from 18 to 24 inches in length. I've caught many pickerel in the same area but this was by far my personal best. That night I went to bed thinking of Sunday.
Sunday was another pickerel morning. 2 pickerel couldn't resist the rooster tail— both were hooked within 15 minutes apart. The last pickerel caught was hefty. So the final tally for the weekend was 6 pickerel hits and 6 were landed. I was very lucky this time— usually I'll lose a couple thrashing picks in the rocks. November pickerel are AWESOME FUN! All pickerel were released and unharmed for the next lucky angler.
Question for DNR: Do the pickerel stay in shallow water all winter or do they eventually go to deeper water?
DNR Response: Chain pickerel remain active during the entire winter season, giving many die-hard fishermen an opportunity during the cold winter months. Primary locations include tidal freshwater/brackish waters as well as freshwater impoundments, chain pickerel are a target species for ice fishermen on Deep Creek Lake.