Erik_Zlokovitz, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink
White Perch and Spot Fishing with the kids
Location: Lower Severn River
With summer swim team meets ending and school starting soon, I've been trying to get in some good fishing sessions in the lower Severn River with the kids, targeting mainly white perch and spot. I've been fishing the area between Jonas Green Park, Chase Creek, and the lower part of Round Bay. We have been fishing a combination of shore, dock, and boat with my son Ethan and daughter Hallie, including a boat trip with a neighbor - Professor Howard Ernst from the Naval Academy. Spinners and grass shrimp worked well for perch, and bloodworms have been best for spot. Spot have been running large, but most of the perch have been small or medium. Other species encountered at the Chase Creek dock, and Round Bay are pumpkinseed, pickerel, and a few small croaker. In late August-October, we often see a run of small bluefish at Jonas Green Park, and the best bait for the blues has been cut spot fished on a standard top-bottom rig.
Ethan is graduating from spincast to spinning rod, which has been fun to watch. I also notice that the kids sometimes have more fun just catching the grass shrimp for bait, using a simple long-handled dip net with fine mesh. Here is a picture of Ethan with a white perch caught on grass shrimp bait in Chase Creek, a tributary of the Severn River, in Arnold, MD. Note the proper fishing clothing (Yankees shirt!) and the orange Shakespeare spinning rod, which is replacing the old spincast rod laying on the dock.