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2017 FISHING TOURNAMENTS
April 19, 2017
Another Maryland spring time opening day has arrived and passed, and the fishing will only get better as the season progresses. The opening day of the spring trophy striped bass season was slow, most of the post-spawn fish have yet to exit the spawning rivers so fishing will improve in the next two weeks. The Maryland landscape is ablaze with flowering plants, bushes and trees which makes for very pleasant surroundings when fishing.
FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor
Fishing Report - April 21, 2017
OVERVIEW - Throughout the state, lakes and rivers are stable and clear. In most bodies of water, good fish are being caught. Patience and persistence is sometimes necessary, along with an understanding of what fish are doing during this season of the year. The better baits for bass are normally rattling crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic lizards and creature baits. Topwater jerk baits are coming into their own as the water temperatures rise.
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Bass are hitting plastic baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits, worked in and around any shallow cover from Blue Plains to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Dropoffs are also producing bass on deep-diving crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Chatterbaits and plastic baits.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports good catfishing, but all the big ones (20 pounds or more) are being caught in 30-40 feet of water. Mud shad are plentiful in the river and work well as bait. The bass fishing is slow, due to cool evening temperatures, but crappie can be found in the creeks. One angler reported good catches of sunfish using earthworms as bait.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports water temperatures have reached 70 in the creeks and many good bass are being caught. Bigger bass seem to be in grass beds in bays at the mouths of creeks and along the main river. Hard or soft jerk baits, shallow-running or lipless crank baits, chatter or spinner baits as well as plastic worms and creature baits will all work.
Saltwater -Reports of Red and Black Drum are starting to filter in from the seaside of the Eastern Shore. Good catches of both are also being caught from Hatteras Island, along with big Bluefish. Good Drum catches are also coming from the beaches in Hatteras and Nags Head.
What's Happening at Fletcher's Boathouse
Best Fishing In a While! Weekly Fishing Report: Getting Close
Capt. Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service
For over 30 years, my 60-year-old azalea bush has predicted the spawn. It looks like we have a week or so to go. Water temperature and length of day have a lot to do with nature's timing.
Warming water on hold with cooler temperatures and clouds, around 68 degrees. Rainy and cool with highs in the upper 50s for Monday. Rain and slightly warmer on Tuesday around 65. Low 70s and sunny for mid week with 80s the rest of the week.
Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service
(804-746-2475) out of
Fishing forecast: Warm water has some catches ahead of schedule 4/13/17 Lee Tolliver Virginian-Pilot
Today marks the annual return of The Pilot’s Fishing Forecast, and we open with plenty to talk about. Action has started to heat up early in the season, with catches on several fronts ahead of schedule. I mean, crabbers are already supplying local dealers with blue crabs, hopefully pointing to another bountiful season.
According to the calendar, spring officially began this week. Anglers can look forward to a warming trend over the next month, easing water temperatures into optimal range for newly arriving summer species.
The roller-coaster temperatures created a set-back in water temperatures again this week, and blustery conditions are often keeping boats at the dock. According to the folks at Long Bay Point Bait and Tackle, tautog action slowed in Bay waters, but the forecast of temperatures in the seventies could help turn the bite around.