Brett Coakley, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 5, 2013 | Permalink
Yellow Perch Fishing Rite of Passage
Location: Wye Mills
For me, yellow perch fishing is pretty simple and a rite of passage for an upcoming fishing season. I met my friend Al at Wye Mills on a very chilly Saturday morning. Initially, we had planned to take my skiff out and fish some of the deeper areas of the Choptank, but I reversed course when I saw the weather change for the worst. Turned out it was the right decision! Although many have discovered that fishing deeper water from a boat early in the year can produce amazing catches - for me, yellow perch is all about being mobile and checking as many spots as possible till you find the best one.
In summary, fishing has been warm and cold. Both literally and figuratively. Anglers at Hillsboro said that at times the fishing was fantastic, but the good fishing was short lived. Danny Walker of Annapolis said he got his limit last week in short order on dead low tide, while another angler said he got his limit another day on a high tide. On Saturday, fishing was slow and Dannyís young son Jack seemed more interested in playing with the bait than helping dad rig up! (pic) There was a crowd at the Martinak State Park amphitheater hole, so many in fact that we had to fish closer to the boat ramp. It was a great choice, we simply set our rods, lounged on the picnic tables and waited for the sun to peek through to warm us up some between bites. Overall, the bite was pretty slow, but we just enough action to keep us around for a bit (pic). Fishermen returning in boats didnít fare much better and if their blue lips were any indication, it was a cold day to be out on the water. We made the right call to do the shore thing. On a day like that, the ability to run to the store and get a hot chocolate or coffee is invaluable.
Iím not much on predictions, but it seems we are just a few warm days away from better fishing. They have been hard to come by lately.