Perch, trout herald season Rising temperatures mean surge in fishing action


White perch headline the fishing activity in the state's upper tidal waters and stocked trout lead the list of freshwater pursuits, but as the weather continues to warm fishing action for other species will quickly heat up, too.

For the present, however, white perch are hot at Millington, Red Bridges, below Unicorn Lake, Tuckahoe River and Blackwater River and starting to get thick in the Susquehanna.

Stocked trout areas that are open are offering great fishing, too. A schedule of stockings and closures is available at area tackle stores and Department of Natural Resources regional service centers.

In the Baltimore area, there are stocked areas on the Gunpowder, Patapsco and Patuxent rivers, as well as Morgan Run.

At Loch Raven and Liberty reservoirs, the fishing is good for bluegills and crappie, with Liberty also starting to show some striped-bass action.

Late last August, Jerry Sauter of Catonsville caught a 37-pound, 8-ounce striper to surpass the state record he set there the previous November.

At Liberty, fisheries biologists have encountered stripers in excess of 40 pounds during survey work in the impoundment.

In the Blackwater, Choptank, Potomac and upper Chesapeake Bay tributaries, largemouth bass are quickly becoming more active, and April and May, when largemouths are moving to and from the shallows to spawn, are two of the best months of the year for catch-and-release bass fishing.

Off Ocean City, the Atlantic mackerel are running well after several disappointing years, and the headboats Angler, Miss Ocean City and the O.C. Princess are running daily, weather permitting.

Gurney Godfrey dinner

The popular Gurney Godfrey Dinner sponsored each year by the Maryland Fly Anglers will be held April 26 at the Boordy Vineyards on Long Green Pike in Hydes.

The afternoon and evening event will include seminars, contests and demonstrations from 3 until 5: 30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner, raffles and a silent auction.

Tickets will be $25 each. For more information, call 410-285-2074 or 410-284-7843.

Choptank trip

A canoe trip to explore the upper Choptank River will be held April 12. The trip will run from the Maryland Route 287 bridge downstream to Red Bridges. The 2 1/2 -hour jaunt is intended to demonstrate the importance of the tributary and others like it in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

"The trip is easy paddling. There will be some portaging around snags and some mud," said trip leader Nick Carter, who is with the DNR's Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service.

The trip, which is sponsored by the Sierra Club, is free but paddlers must provide their own canoes. For more information, call 410-482-6729.

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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