This has been the longest, most stubborn progression of spring I can recall in several decades and, as a result, a lot of fishing opportunities are just now starting to emerge. Whereas most anglers would still be waiting for the warmer spring weather, me and many of my angling friends have already been out and have caught fish this early season. Just in the past few weeks, I have had the chance to catch bass, bluegill, crappie and trout at local lakes. And there are still better options yet for
Sheets of ice up to a foot thick have crippled small boats, prevented night docking at the port of Baltimore and kept one Coast Guard cutter busy tending to stranded Chesapeake Bay islanders for more than a week straight amid this month's freeze, the worst in decades.
The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population remains at a low level for the second straight year, officials announced Thursday, blaming the severe winter for killing off a large number of the iconic crustaceans.
I don't dare remark about the weather and how good fishing is at present. Every time I do the weather changes to something different. However, I still think it is a good time to get out and wet a line. It is a good idea to check some of the streams yellow perch spawn in to see if the run has started.