The mackerel run is starting to pick up steam off Ocean City, with customers aboard the head boat Miss Ocean City catching herring and 20 to 30 mackerel apiece last Saturday and Sunday.
Last weekend, the Miss Ocean City ran south to Winter Quarter shoal, but Capt. John Bunting, master of the Miss Ocean City, predicts that by this weekend the mackerel will be much closer to the inlet.
Weather permitting, the Miss Ocean City sails daily at 7 a.m. from the Shantytown Docks in West Ocean City. Trips end at 2 p.m.
The cost is $30 per angler. Rod rentals are $5 per day.
The O.C. Princess will begin daily trips on April 1.
For booking information, call the Ocean City Fishing Center at 1-800-322-3065.
On Saturday, the following put-and-take trout fishing waters open to anglers who have purchased non-tidal fishing licenses and state trout stamps:
Baltimore County -- Little Falls, Upper and Lower Gunpowder Falls, Little Gunpowder Falls, Patapsco River (Avalon), Gwynnbrook Pond.
Anne Arundel County -- Severn Run.
Harford County -- Deer Creek, Forest Hill Pond.
Howard-Montgomery counties -- Patuxent River (Laurel), Great Seneca Creek, Izaak Walton Pond, Pine Lake, Martin Luther King Pond.
Carroll County -- Beaver Run, Farm Museum Pond, Piney Run, upper Patapsco River.
Frederick County -- Fishing Creek, Owings Creek, Friends Creek, Middle Creek, Frank Bentz Pond, Cunningham Falls Lake, Rainbow Lake, Whiskey Springs Pond, Hamburg Pond.
Cecil County -- Basin Run, Principio Creek, Big Elk Creek.
Garrett County -- Bear Creek, Savage River, Mill Run, Muddy Creek, Herrington Creek, Little Youghiogheny River, Accident Pond.
Allegany County -- Evitts Creek, Wills Creek, Jennings Run, North Jennings Run, Flintstone Creek, Fifteen Mile Creek, George Creek.
Washington County -- Beaver Creek, Little Antietam Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Indian Spring Pond, Licking Creek, Greenbriar Lake, Sideling Hill Creek, Big Pool.
White perch have begun to run at Red Bridges, Martinak State Park, Hillsboro and Tuckahoe Creek; Millington and the Upper Chester River; and at Wayson's Corner on the Patuxent.
Crappie and bluegill catches have been improving at the Route 32 bridge on Liberty Reservoir and at Loch Raven Reservoir near Warren Road.
Ocean City tournaments
June 21-25 -- OC Sharkers 15th Ocean City Shark Tournament.
July 1-3 -- OC Marlin Club's Canyon Kickoff.
July 13-16 -- OC Fishing Center eighth Ocean City Tuna Tournament.
Aug. 7-11 -- 22nd White Marlin Open.
Sept. 1-3 -- OC Marlin Club's 37th White Marlin Tournament.