Resident striped bass picking up following February warmup

Tommy Spohn with a short striped bass out of the Delaware. (Submitted photo)

Fishing is and has been picking up for resident striped bass. That February warmup got them all excited.

Anglers are catching short striped bass in all the tidal creeks and along the Delaware bay beaches. Some are catching the occasional keeper striped bass averaging 30 inches. We have seen some, but very few bass in the surf. Reason being most if not all of the food is in the creeks and bays. But if you can get near any inlet, you might get lucky and catch some shorts to keepers on the beach. They are moving around looking for food.

White perch fishing has been better and better and the larger perch are fat. There are a lot of throwbacks but that is to be expected. Bloodoworms are the hot baits for all the perch and striped bass. Grass shrimp is good to but catching them with all of the flooded waterways is not going be easy. You can still catch fish in the flooded waterways, a well presented bloodworm is an easy meal. Fish will feed more in these conditions due to the fact they have to expend a lot of energy to move around in swifter moving water.

White perch caught by Rafael Vazquez

Pond hopping has been excellent for bass,bluegills, pickerel, and catfish. Cats are hitting in the tidal creeks, a good bait for them is bunker chunks, they stink real good. Soon the carp will start getting active to spawn and then catching them will be an added bonus for a fun fight.

Delaware bay beaches up north are seeing great action for short striped and the occasional keeper.

Despite the weather anglers are doing well catching if they can brave the elements.

Outdoors Expo on tap

Keeper striped bass we landed in the surf on a beach somewhere in Delaware

The Delaware Outdoors Expo is this weekend at the fairgrounds in Harrington. Looking forward to seeing everyone. We have some new gear with us this year you are going to like. Mullet rigs with spinners! The tidal tables are a must have at the beach with original artwork. See you at the show, stop by and say hello.

Rich King’s outdoors column runs Thursdays in the Delaware State News.

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