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April is a time of year when most fish species begin to think of reproducing. Piscatorial love is in the air, or rather in the water.
Over the past six days, local and distant sport fishing has gone into overdrive.
The upper, tidal Patuxent River between Hills Bridge and Jug Bay is giving up scads of pre-spawn yellow perch. On Monday, a group of us Southern Marylanders caught well over 80 roe perch and smaller "bucks," as the males are called.
While Washington-area saltwater anglers are not doing very well close to home, the same cannot be said of those who launch their boats at Virginia Beach's Rudee Inlet and begin fishing the moment they're in open water.
As water temperatures fall all around the region, savvy anglers resort to an old fishing trick. It has worked ever since electric generating plants have been built on the shores of lakes and rivers, drawing water to cool heated turbines, then sending the warmed water back into the body it came from.
Among American sport-fishing fanatics the striped bass (aka striper or rockfish) is second only to the largemouth bass in matters of popularity. That should come as no big surprise since an adult striper of 30 to 50 pounds can make a grown man's muscles feel like Jello and turn an expensive one-piece fishing rod into a two-piecer when you least expect it.
Because many local and distant waters are beginning to slow down as far as productive fishing is concerned, and concessionaires who rent out boats having packed it in for the year, we now switch to a different format. Today is the first of our cold-weather fishing reports.
Continued threats of rain and rising water levels in the mountain rivers of Virginia and Maryland are sure to worry fishermen in search of smallmouth bass. However, one angler, Dick Fox, of Front Royal, Va., says the fishing in his favorite waterway, the Shenandoah, has been fantastic.
Here's a surprise for all who suppose that this week's fishing will have to be postponed because of the aftereffects of Hurricane Irene. From nearly every corner of our region comes word that the water is fine, certainly good enough for fishing and, if anything, the catches might be better than usual. It happens frequently after strong storms blow through our area.