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  1. Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 9, 2012 | Permalink

Perch Fishing

Type: Tidal
Location: Eastern Shore Creeks

I had the opportunity to be driving near the upper Tuckahoe River late Thursday afternoon and stopped to see fishermen catching a nice mix of post-spawn yellow perch and pre-spawn white perch. This same scenario is being played out on just about every tidal river and creek around the Chesapeake Bay today and into the weekend. Yellow perch have finished spawning in the upper reaches of the tidal rivers and creeks and can be caught as they descend back down. Thursday, minnows on a bottom rig seemed to be the ticket for yellow perch and I saw several 12 to 14 caught in a short time. Fishermen are also catching white perch and some of the larger females are showing up. The white perch are up the Choptank as far as Red Bridges and Millington on the Chester River so the fishing may bust loose this weekend. Earthworms and bloodworms have been two of the most effective baits for white perch in the last couple of days. Rig up, grab some bait and kids and get out and enjoy this rite of spring before it is over.

Tags: Yellow Perch, White Perch