Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report - 3/5/13 (DE, NJ, MD, PA)


Trout season opened in Delaware last Friday March 1st for the stocked ponds in the lower part of the state (Newton, and Tidbury). While action was on the slow side reports did show the fly fisherman using sinking flies out-fished the rest of the anglers using other tactics.

The trout season for the south east region of Pennsylvania opens at the end of this month. Look for more trout reports to come in then.

The action on the ponds and lakes located throughout the region should be heating up as the weather warms up. In central and southern Delaware the crappie fishing has been good in the main ponds and spillways. Live shiners have been the best bait. In New Jersey freshwater fisherman are finding success on bass, pickeral, perch and crappies in the local ponds and lakes.

Chesapeake Bay:

The yellow perch run is under way in the upper Chesapeake. Perch fishinermen are finding success in the Sassafras and North East Rivers. In Millington, the yellow perch run is coming to an end, but the white perch run should be heating up.

Delaware Bay: 

The opening of the Striped Bass season in New Jersey means more and more anglers will be out in the Delaware River and Bay looking for the start of the Spring Run of migratory fish. Some anglers are already scoring on resident fish in the River and Bay. Bloodworms and Clams are two of the more popular baits for this time of year.

The yellow perch run in central Delaware is about over, but like in Millington and the Chesapeake, the white perch run should be getting under way. Woodland Beach and Augustine Beach are popular perch fishing locations.

Inshore Ocean:

Not much to report from the beaches or offshore this time of year. When the weather cooperates head boats are running for cod and ling in New Jersey. The striped bass fishing in the local inlets should pick up in the coming weeks as the water temperature heats up.

If you have any fishing reports and pictures, please email them to dt_masporstman@yahoo.com and I will post them up!

Tight Lines,