Shawn Ritton at Up Country Sportfishing (www.farmingtonriver.com) told us that the bugs are hatching and the trout are biting. He said that the local rivers have seen good hatches of March browns and caddis flies in the evening. The water is low, so the fish are concentrated, making it easy for anglers to corner them. Shawn suggests fishing the New Harford or Pleasant Valley trout management areas where the brown and rainbow trout are rising to dry flies in the early a.m. and late p.m. “If you wade farther up river you can catch brookies,” he said.
Jerry Taylor at Taylored Tackle in Seaford, Delaware reports that anglers were finding phenomenal fishing in both saltwater and fresh. He said that Hearns, Records, and Horsey ponds are holding loads of largemouth bass that are falling for soft plastics, and surface plugs with Yamamoto Senkos working best. Jerry pointed out that time of day is the key in catching these fish. “You’ve got to fish before 10 a.m. and after 5,” he said. “The fish are hanging around areas with structure.” On the Nanticoke River, anglers are catching largemouth on the outgoing tide with jig and pigs and spinnerbaits worked around the dropoffs. There are plenty of small rockfish in the river, too. One of Jerry’s customers caught over 30 fish up to 30 inches under the Bethel Bridge on cut herring. The River also produced some giant crappies this week. Rick Avello registered a 1-pound, 9-ounce slab for citation this week. Trap Pond is another consistent location for bass fishing. Robert Goodwin brought in a 5-pound, 5-ounce bucketmouth for citation. He caught the fish on a live shiner. On the saltwater side, Delaware Bay has been the hot spot for flounder. The fish are coming out of the Lewes/Rehobeth Canal and from the Icebreaker Rocks with soft plastics and peeler crab.
Richie White www.bassfishing.org was asleep when we called. His wife told us that he had been out fishing all night. “He got a 6 and an 8-pounder,” she said. Richie switches over to the night shift when the heat make fishing Lake Fork unbearable. He fishes the same areas with the same soft plastics as he uses during the day. She said that the fishing has been excellent and Richie has been loosing a lot of sleep.
Bob Basgall from Bud’s Bait and Tackle reported that Lake Wilson walleye action is pretty good in 38 to 48 feet of water. He said that striped bass are hanging in the same area. For the walleye, anglers are dropping worms and jigs while the striper are being caught on live minnows and black salties. Bob said that the rocky points in Lake White are holding good numbers of smallmouth bass. Soft plastic worms and Road Runner spinners have been the ticket for these feisty fish. Bob added that channel cats are moving into the shallows to spawn making them an easy target for anglers soaking cut bait or chicken gizzards.
Marv McQuinn was fishing for sturgeon when we called. “It’s a little slow right now,” he said, “but the tide is turning and we should be picking up a fish any minute.” Marv has been staking out the Lower Estuary below Astoria by soaking anchovies and sand shrimp on the bottom. He said that the biggest sturgeon he’s scored this season was 9 foot long. “The water is still cold,” he said. With water temps in the 50s, Marv is waiting for it to hit 60 before the sturgeon bite heats up.